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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 24 City / 30 Highway
Pros
  • Three rows of seating
  • Good handling
  • Quick with the V6
  • Good towing capability with the V6
Cons
  • Third row is cramped
  • Sluggish performance with the four-cylinder
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The Outlander Sport is a more youthful version of Mitsubishi's plain-vanilla Outlander, offering edgier styling, standard 18-inch wheels and a re-tuned suspension to provide better handling and more responsive steering feel.

Introduction

The Outlander Sport is a 5-seat, 5-speed manual transmission crossover. Despite what its name may imply, there is nothing particularly sporty about the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It is not edgy, it does not have a turbo engine or smaller-car handling and speed, and frankly, it just isn't as much fun to drive as many of the other small crossovers in its segment. What the Outlander Sport does have, however, is comfort, affordability, and a respectable, if not exciting, appearance.

It is also about 700 pounds lighter than its larger cousin the Mitsubishi Outlander, allowing it to achieve a very competitive 31mpg on the highway. All of these attributes and more make the Outlander Sport a solid choice for the family on a tight budget looking for a vehicle with good interior features and the latest technology, without the frills that jack up prices.



There are two trims, the ES and the SE, with optional Four-Wheel-Drive and Automatic transmission available for both. A 2.0L V4 engine sits in both models, putting out a solid 148hp. Standard features for the ES include color LCD multi-information display, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth technology, 4-speaker sound system with CD player cruise control, keyless entry, heated mirrors, auxiliary audio jack, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Jumping up to the SE adds fabric seats, heated front seats, auto xenon headlights and fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, and a 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio.

A la carte options include a hard-drive based navigation system, keyless entry/ignition, a 6-CD changer, and 16-inch alloy wheels for the ES. Most other features are collected into optional upgrade packages. The Navigation Package adds a high-tech navigation system, audio and video connectivity, and a rearview camera. The Exterior Sport Package offers an even sleeker exterior, extra design flourishes, and improved overall aerodynamics. The Interior Package, only available in auto transmissions, includes a piano-black interior trim and shiny aluminum shifter knob. Available just for the SE AWD is the Premium Package, which bumps the driving experience up a notch with a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, rearview camera, 6-CD changer, and premium Rockford Fosgate speaker system.

Safety features are well covered with Mitsubishi's 7-airbag system, which includes side and front airbags, side curtain airbags, and driver-side knee airbags. Also added are traction and stability control and antilock brakes.

It goes without saying that a number of other Crossovers are also a great choice for shoppers today. The Honda CR-V gets excellent fuel economy and has top safety ratings; the Kia Sportage is more sport-like with firmer handling; and both the Nissan Juke and Chevy Equinox house more powerful engines with plenty of exterior pizzazz.

The Outlander Sport's best selling point is its affordable price tag, followed closely by its competitive fuel economy rating and comfortable design. The driver who chooses this model will be concerned with safety and affordability rather than powerful drivetrains and primo features, and will most likely be satisfied with their purchase.


Which Style To Buy?

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Starting price
$12,995

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES

Recommended for:

The base ES has a 148-horsepower 2-liter engine and a five-speed manual transmission; a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, heated mirrors, a color LCD multi-information display, Bluetooth connectivity, a 60/40 split-folding rear passenger seats, and Mitsubishi's Fuse hands-free system. Entertainment is provided by a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and USB/iPod connectivity, plus an auxiliary input.

New for 2013, the ES can be equipped with optional all-wheel drive, a feature previously available only on the SE. Other options include 16-inch alloy wheels; keyless ignition; a hard-drive based navigation system; and an upgraded 6-CD changer. There are also a few option groups: the Navigation package offers a navigation system and a rearview camera; the Exterior Sport package improves aerodynamics with a body kit; and the Interior package -- available for automatic transmission models -- features piano-black interior trim and an aluminum shift knob.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Starting price
$12,995

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE

Recommended for:

On the upgraded SE, a CVT is standard, as are 18-inch alloy wheels; heated mirrors; keyless entry and ignition; automatic xenon headlights; fog lights; automatic climate control; heated front seats; iPod and Bluetooth connectivity; a color LCD multi-information display; and a six-speaker sound system.

All-wheel drive is optional, and the SE shares option packages with the ES. Exclusive to the SE AWD, however, is the Premium package, which includes a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, a satellite radio and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system.

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