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.
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