9. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Sport in Name Only
Green Score: 42
Fuel economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 28 mpg
Base price range: $20,445-$25,045
Some would consider the compact Outlander Sport crossover SUV
to be Mitsubishi’s best all-around vehicle. Overlooked in a crowded and competitive field, it can hold its own the top sellers in its segment and does so at a reasonable price. Its styling would enable it to disappear in a crowded parking lot if not for a distinctive front end treatment at features a massive rectangular grille. It’s “greenest” in its base front-drive configuration (AWD is optional) with the optional gearless CVT. Some will prefer the standard five-speed manual – offered only with front-drive – to help wring as much potential as possible out of its just-adequate 2.0-liter 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Though the “Sport
” in the title is a bit of a misnomer, it handles well enough around town, affords a decently smooth ride, and feels stable at highway speeds. Inside, passengers will find a nicely styled and sufficiently comfortable cabin with about average, though not particularly generous, rear-seat legroom. Cargo space is a bit lacking, though it swells to more generous proportions with rear seatbacks folded flat. A long list of available features includes an Earth-shaking 710-watt audio system.