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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport near Washington, DC

Spoiler Alert: The Santa Fe Sport Wins by a Landslide

Creating the ideal crossover can be a precarious balancing act. Drivers are looking for something smaller than a yacht on wheels (as many SUVs can feel) but with enough room to comfortably seat five with cargo in the back. At Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg, we understand the struggle, so we’ve put together this comparison between the 2016 Santa Fe Sport vs the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport near Washington, DC, for your consideration.

One of the many reasons crossover SUVs are so popular is because of the increase in cargo space that’s just not possible in a sedan. Hyundai definitely kept that in mind when designing the Santa Fe Sport, which provides a very generous 35.4 cubic ft. of space1 for any number of items you want to take with you. If you need some extra room, fold down the second-row to reveal a cavernous 71 cubic ft. of space1, which is great for moving your kids into their dorm room at George Washington University. In contrast, the cargo capacity of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is miniscule, providing only 20.1 cubic ft. of space2 to work with. Even with the second-row folded, you still only get 48.8 cubic ft. of cargo space2 at your disposal.

Comfort is another large factor when considering crossover SUVs, and we’ve certainly considered it when comparing the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport near Washington, DC. Soft-touch surfaces abound in the Santa Fe Sport, and the seats can be had with supple leather, so even the longest of trips can be taken in comfort. The Outlander Sport, on the other hand, is largely outdated when it comes to interior quality and is routinely outclassed by competitors, largely due to Mitsubishi’s use of hard plastic pieces littered throughout the cabin. Lack of places to rest elbows and limited legroom will certainly encourage “I’m not touching you!” games among the elementary school crowd.

We are talking about the sport versions of these models, so let’s get down to what’s rumbling under the hood. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is heavily motivated by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 265 horsepower and 269 lb,-ft. of torque. It can zoom from 0-60 MPH in 7.5 seconds with FWD3. The Outlander Sport will be left in the dust with its own upgraded 2.4-liter engine. Even with its increased output of 168 horsepower and 167 lb.-ft. of torque, it only manages to get from 0-60 MPH in 8.8 seconds4. Just not much sport going on there.

When it comes down to the brass tax, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport near Washington, DC, has a clear winner. Come on down to Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg and our knowledgeable, friendly staff will be more than happy to show off this gold medal winner. 


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*All photos are of the 2017 model of the Santa Fe Sport.

1. Always properly secure all cargo. 

2. Cargo capacity numbers are for models including the subwoofer. 

3. Acceleration testing performed by Edmunds.com editors. Always obey the posted speed limit and drive responsibly. 

4. Acceleration testing performed by Edmunds.com editors using the 2015 Mitsubish Outland Sport, which is mechanically identical to the 2016 model. Always obey the posted speed limit and drive responsibly. 

 

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