It’s no secret the crossover segment is highly competitive in nearly every aspect. Hitting the road is one thing but a single test drive won’t let you take in everything a vehicle has to offer. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson starts at a pricy $22,700, while the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes in at $19,595. That’s a $3,000 price difference, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg between these two crossovers.
When it comes down to fuel economy, the Tucson and Outlander Sport cut it close. The Outlander Sport 2WD edges over the Tuscon AWD with an EPA-estimated 23 city/29 hwy mpg. The Tuscon on the other hand, earns an EPA-estimated 21 city/29 hwy mpg, under the Sport's average mileage by two.
When it comes down to safety, the Outlander Sport has the advantage over the Tucson with advanced technologies. At the bottom of the pyramid are features like Active Stability Control and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Meanwhile, the Tucson comes with Electronic Stability Control and other passive and active safety technologies. Both the Tucson and Outlander Sport come with a standard rearview camera.
The Outlander Sport and Tucson vary in terms of interior space. The Outlander Sport boasts a spacious area for passengers while sacrificing cargo room, which comes in at 21.7 cubic feet. The Tucson, on the other hand, boasts 31 cubic feet of cargo space, but at the expense of passengers.
For the 2016 model year, the Outlander Sport comes stocked with a new 6.1-inch color touchscreen and infotainment system. The Tucson returns with the BlueLink telematics system and Bluetooth connectivity.