Car Review: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, affordable crossover

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is an affordable choice and comparable to the competition.

Photo: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander photo by Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, August 28, 2013 — If you are a Mitsubishi fan, then the 2013 Outlander Sport is a good urban vehicle that falls into the small crossover category with competition coming from the Kia Sportage, the Nissan Juke or, just a bit larger than this Mitsubushi, the Chevrolet Equinox or Ford Escape. 

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The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC

Offering a quiet ride, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes at an affordable price, but for this type of vehicle it is worth noting that the cargo space is not as agreeable as others in the competition lineup.

For 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport did get a new exterior with a noticeably better sound insulation. The base ES also had an upgrade and comes with an all-wheel drive option.

Trims on the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are the base ES and the next level SE.

On the ES you get 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, and the 60/40-split-folding rear seats. There is also the Mitsubishi Fuse voice-activated electronics interface that comes with all the audio goodies like an audio jack and a USB/iPod interface.

On the SE the wheels are 18-inch alloy and there are also xenon headlights, fog lights, automatic wipers and climate control, heated front seats, a keyless ignition/entry, and a sliding armrest between the front seats. A second-row armrest with a center pass-through and an upgraded upholstery and satellite radio come standard on the SE trim.

There are a number of options on the ES and SE but most can only be had within a group.  For example, the Navigation package has not only a navigation system but also a rearview camera and an audio/video jack. On the Exterior Sport package you get both cosmetic and aerodynamic additions or on the Interior package, which comes only with the automatic transmission, there is a black interior trim with an aluminum shift knob.

There are several options that can be had individually, including 16-inch alloy wheels on the ES trim, or on both trims you can opt for a hard-drive-based navigation system, keyless ignition/entry and a six-CD changer.

On the SE trim you can also get a Premium package that comes with a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, rearview camera, and nine-speakers with a six-CD changer.

Under the hood the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque coming equipped with a five-speed manual on the ES and on the SE a CVT is standard, but this can also be taken as an option on the ES. Front-wheel drive is standard on both, but an all-wheel drive is available for the Sport trim.

The safety features offered on the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are front side, side curtain and a driver-side knee airbag, antilock disc brakes, hill start assist, traction control, and stability control.

Inside the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is notable with material that will impress with comfortable front seats and plenty of leg and head room for all. In the back seat, there is a bit less room, but it’s still comfortable except for perhaps the tallest of passengers.

The knobs and dials are easy to use and understand and do take note of the Fuse voice activation system that can be used for both audio and navigation without using your hands That comes standard.

Cargo space is 49.5 cubic feet when you have the seats folded down.

Behind the wheel, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, though not offering the sportiest of handling, is still a solid choice with plenty of power to take the road and at a price that can’t be beat.

Should You Need to Know: Notice the new additions to the 2013 model with a new exterior and an added feature to the base trim.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC that I drove the miles per gallon came in at 24 in the city and 29 on the highway for a combined 26 miles per gallon overall.

Cost: The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC price tag was $28,570.

Rita Cook  is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press  is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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