The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (also know as the ASX), and the Mazda CX-5. Both of them are from manufacturers that have a smaller presence in the U.S. market. Both have been introduced within the past year or so, and are either brand spanking new or relatively fresh to the market. Both are brand new platforms for the brands they come from. Marketing wise, both companies know what they’re doing too, because the demand for these types of cars is growing in a fairly stable way, not to mention they’re both attractive and capable.
And the similarities don’t stop there. You can have either the all new 2013 Mazda with front wheel drive, producing roughly 160 horsepower from itsrevolutionary new SkyActiv engine, to motivate roughly 3,300 pounds of metal while getting 25 to 30 something figures for fuel efficiency. Or you could take the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (I really find it easier to call it the ASX), which will pump out roughly 150 bhp and similar numbers for torque, while getting slightly better (around 28) city mileage and around 30 something
miles per gallon on the highway.
Or you could spec both the Mazda and the Outlander Sport up with all wheel drive and go beyond the urban jungle. It never stops does it?