2016 Honda HR-V EX-LAs crossovers have gotten smaller, many have gotten more efficient, but some vehicles’ fuel economy numbers, like the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport mpg ratings, still lag behind. If you’re looking at the Sport for its compact size and wish it performed better in the area of fuel efficiency, we have a suggestion for you: the 2016 Honda HR-V. The HR-V just hit the Honda lineup this year, but it’s already making a pretty big impact on its competition.

Comparing the Specs

Drivers might expect two compact crossovers to come close on fuel economy, but that just isn’t the case here.

  • The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport mpg ratings max out at just 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city for 25 mpg combined.
  • 2016 Honda HR-V 2WD CVT models earn an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city for 31 mpg combined.*

For two five-passenger compact crossovers, that’s a pretty significant difference in fuel economies. If you’re wondering how they can differ so drastically, so are we.

Why the Outlander Is So Inefficient

It can be tough to figure out why there’s such a drastic difference in fuel economy numbers between two comparably sized vehicles. We can’t know what would cause the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport mpg ratings to be so low without dissecting the engine, but we have a couple of ideas:

  • Power: While the Outlander Sport’s engine isn’t much more powerful than the HR-V, it does have a few more horsepower. This wouldn’t normally account for such a significant difference in fuel economy on its own.
  • Age: The HR-V is brand new, and its 1.8L 4-cylinder engine was engineered quite recently. The Outlander Sport is getting up there in years and hasn’t had much work done with the engine aside from a few tweaks.

Whatever the reason, the specs make it pretty clear which one of these is the more efficient crossover.

Test Drive an HR-V

Fuel economy is just one part of the picture when shopping for a new car. Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you so that we can help you find the right trim and amenities on your HR-V.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrids), and other factors.

West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.