The Mitsubishi Outlander debuted in the 2003 model year, as the Japanese automaker's first plunge into the crowded crossover SUV realm. Not quite a station wagon and not quite an SUV, the Outlander gave customers a good alternative to boring minivans and wagons, but it never quite lived up to the SUV tag, thanks to low towing capacities.
The 2013 model year is the final one for the current generation, as Mitsubishi will soon unveil the all-new 2014 Outlander. Because of the upcoming revision, the 2013 model year is a carryover from the 2012 model year, including its car-like 1,500-pound standard towing capacity.
The 2013 Outlander comes in three main trim levels: SE, ES and GT. The SE trim offers up base-level pricing, but it actually has some premium features, like: LED taillights, leather-trimmed steering wheel, power windows, and so on. The ES trim level tosses in a little extra luxury with the addition of more leather, a higher-end audio system and upgraded climate control. The GT trim level adds an element of performance, with its upgraded engine and transmission, plus it tosses in a few extra amenities. The GT also gives buyers the ability to tow more than a jet ski, as its towing capacity jumps to 3,500 pounds. All three models comes standard with front-wheel drive, but the ES and GT trim levels do have optional all-wheel drive available.
In the land of the crossover SUV, models like the Outlander run free and are available in huge numbers, so buyers definitely have a ton of options. Starting off the list is the 2013 Kia Sorento, which features a standard 2.4-liter engine with 175 horsepower (3.5-liter with 276 horsepower is available), seating for five and a 1,650-pound towing capacity. Next up will be the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, which comes standard with a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (a 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter is available), seating for five and a 1,500-pound towing capacity. Finally we have the 2013 Honda CR-V, which comes standard with a 2.4-liter engine with 185 horsepower, a 1,500-pound standard towing capacity and five-person seating.
With all of that competition and not the greatest of track records, the Outlander has a lot of work to do in order to have a successful 2013 model year.
The ES trim level is the entry-level trim for the 2013 Outlander, and it includes the basics that anyone would expect from an SUV, plus a few little extras that may not be expected. On the exterior, the ES trim level includes: anti-lock brakes, flap-old-style tailgate, LED taillights, stability and traction control, tinted windows, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower, continuously variable transmission, auto-off headlights, mesh grille with black surround and color-keyed grille bar, 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, chrome exhaust tip, heated mirrors, and black roof rails. Inside the cabin, the Outlander ES includes: six airbags, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, air conditioning, cabin air filter, tumbling second-row seating, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, multi-information display, power windows and door locks, 140-watt, six-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities, fold-flat front seats, and five-passenger seating.
The GT trim level is the top level and the sporty level all rolled into one stylish SUV. On the outside, the GT trim level takes the SE level’s features and adds in: 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 230 horsepower, six-speed Sportronic transmission, automatic xenon HID headlights with daytime running light and roof carrier plug-in accommodation. Inside the cabin, the GT trim level adds in double-stitched leatherette dashboard and door panel accents to give the interior a sportier look.
The SE trim level on the 2013 Outlander takes the ES trim and adds a touch of luxury, making it great for the more discerning buyer. On the outside, the SE takes the ES’ trimmings and adds in: fog lights, chrome grille surround, silver skid plate extension, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear window washer and wiper, color-keyed door handles and mirrors, mirror-mounted LED turn indicators, and side sill extensions with chrome accents. Inside the cabin, the Outlander SE adds: color LCD multi-information display, automatic climate control, silver shifter bezel with chrome surround, sport fabric-and-leather seating, paddle shifters, heated front seats, FAST-Key entry and ignition, six-disc CD changer, and seven-passenger seating.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander$22,457 | 8,709 mi
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander$27,698 | 16,547 mi
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander$27,798 | 13,589 mi
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander$27,798 | 14,302 mi
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander$27,998 | 8,600 mi
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander$28,197 | 8,120 mi
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander$28,987 | 8,649 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$15,997 | 3,553 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander$19,681 | 35,148 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$19,990 | 13,637 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$20,455 | 11,300 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander$16,000 | 42,516 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander$16,795 | 51,715 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$17,242 | 31,742 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander$19,967 | 22,957 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$10,700 | 78,339 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$15,990 | 56,656 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$16,000 | 83,871 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$16,450 | 34,764 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$16,500 | 35,709 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$16,996 | 51,944 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$18,300 | 37,443 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$18,995 | 44,031 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$18,999 | 42,065 mi
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander$14,900 | 50,133 mi
2009 Mitsubishi Outlander$12,777 | 50,322 mi
2008 Mitsubishi Outlander$9,980 | 98,818 mi
2003 Mitsubishi Outlander$7,495 | 115,705 mi
More power across the board and better highway mpg, but lower city mpg higher base price
Tons more power across the board, awesome highway mpg and good looks, but slightly higher base price
Good highway mpg, powerful four-cylinder engine and stylish design, but no V-6 option
Great base engine and superior styling, but not rated to tow, subpar fuel economy, expensive base price and finicky turbocharged engine at the top level