Both the Outlander Sport and the Sportage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.


The Outlander Sport's corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Sportage's (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander Sport gets better fuel mileage than the Sportage:



Outlander Sport




2.0 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

23 city/30 hwy



2.4 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/28 hwy

21 city/26 hwy



2.0 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/29 hwy

21 city/25 hwy



2.4 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/27 hwy

20 city/23 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the Outlander Sport's fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sportage doesn't offer a regenerative braking system.


The Outlander Sport offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Sportage doesn't offer a manual transmission.

The Outlander Sport offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no "steps" between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Sportage doesn't offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Outlander Sport's tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sportage LX's standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sportage LX.


The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Kia Sportage.

The Outlander Sport is 4.9 inches shorter than the Sportage, making the Outlander Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Outlander Sport has .1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sportage.


The Outlander Sport's driver's power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Sportage's standard driver's power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Outlander Sport SEL/GT's standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sportage's manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Outlander Sport's standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Kia charges extra for heated mirrors on the Sportage.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Outlander Sport. The Outlander Sport's navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sportage doesn't offer a navigation system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number "3" insurance rate while the Sportage is rated higher at a number "5" rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because it costs $135 less to do the manufacturer's suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Outlander Sport than the Sportage, including $173 less for an alternator.


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