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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.7

In creating the 2013 Outlander Sport SUV, Mitsubishi borrowed more than just the name from its Outlander SUV, it also liberated a good deal of the chassis and suspension. Designed to compete with the smallest of compact SUVs such as the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke, the Outlander Sport brings all the excitement and style of its rivals, albeit with less power but also a much lower price. Good road manners, a fuel-efficient engine and a low sticker price are the Outlander Sport's trump cards, but we think people will like it just because it's such a fun and affordable little SUV.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you don't need more room than is found in a Ford Focus or VW Golf hatchback, but you want a vehicle that sits up a bit higher with good ground clearance and available 4-wheel drive (4WD), the fun and frugal 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport makes a good choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

"Cute" doesn't always translate into "quick," as is the case with the Outlander Sport. If you need power to pass, pull or haul, you might be better served by a turbocharged or V6-powered SUV. Those needing maximum cargo space might look to the larger Outlander, Kia Sportage or Mazda CX-5.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Outlander Sport receives a mild exterior freshening, improvements to its suspension and power steering setup and some interior upgrades; 18-inch wheels are made standard while 4WD is now available on the ES trim.

Driving the Outlander Sport

Driving Impressions The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a comfortable driving position and great views out. Getting up to speed quickly is not the Mitsubishi's forte, but once rolling, it provides a...

compliant, relatively quiet ride. Automatic versions of the Outlander Sport use a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that can take getting used to since it doesn't have traditional shift points. However, paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel offer manual control. The 5-speed manual transmission, only on the base Outlander Sport ES 2-wheel-drive (2WD) model, is light and easy to use. With its small size, the Outlander Sport is a snap to maneuver and park, but the name belies the SUV's less-spirited driving personality when it comes to carving corners. While the Outlander Sport is not meant for serious off-roading, models equipped with Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control have a 2-mode 4WD switch: "auto" for better grip in general and "lock" for slippery conditions.

ROCKFORD FOSGATE AUDIO SYSTEM
You'll literally feel the music with this 9-speaker, 710-watt sound system that includes a powerful subwoofer. And with a built-in 6-disc CD changer, SiriusXM receiver and available 40-gig hard drive with music server, you'll never be lacking for tunes.

PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF
Also part of the Premium Package that includes the Rockford Fosgate system, this expanse of glass spans the Outlander Sport's roof to create a feeling of openness with the outside. Too bad the only thing it doesn't do is literally open.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Details
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport photo Interior

The 2013 Outlander Sport has a simple, user-friendly interior. Leather adorns the steering wheel and shift knob, but you'll have to look to another vehicle if you want seats covered in it. As for interior hue, to take a cue from Henry Ford: You can have any color, as long as it's black. The front seats are relatively comfortable, while rear seating is tight for three adults but quite tolerable for two. Cargo capacity behind the rear seat is modest by SUV standards at just over 20 cubic feet, but more than doubles that capacity with the seats folded.

Exterior
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport photo

Here's where the 2013 Outlander Sport SUV shines. Up front is an aggressive face that would rightly remind some of Mitsubishi's snarling Lancer Evolution sports car, while the sides are highlighted by deeply sculpted lines that bisect the doors. Big, 18-inch wheels help both the ES and SE version stand out, a change up from last year's 16-inchers. In back is a cute butt that is even more appealing with the optional roof-mounted spoiler. A roof rack can be added to put more of the "u" in this compact-utility vehicle.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even a base 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES packs a good amount of comfort, safety and convenience features. Among them are leather wrapping the shift knob and the tilt/telescoping steering wheel, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, air conditioning with pollen filter, steering-wheel-mounted cruise control and audio buttons, a 4-speaker/140-watt AM/FM/CD system, and Fuse voice-control system. SE models add automatic on/off high-intensity headlights, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, premium fabric seats, and six speakers instead of four. Mitsubishi vehicles also come with a new-car warranty that includes 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain.

Optional Equipment

All 2013 Outlander Sport models can be spruced up with a navigation system and 40-gig hard drive, rearview camera, a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, remote engine start, and a panoramic glass roof. All-wheel drive is available on both the ES and SE trims.

Under the Hood

Just one engine is available for Outlander Sport models, a 4-cylinder that runs on regular unleaded. It is mated to a CVT automatic transmission or, for the base version of the vehicle, a 5-speed manual. The Outlander Sport uses a "brake energy regeneration" system to reduce fuel and CO2 emissions that works by capturing kinetic energy during deceleration and then intensively recharging the battery with it. The battery can then reduce its reliance on the engine's alternator, which helps conserve fuel.

2.0-liter inline-4
148 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/30 mpg (manual), 24/31 mpg (automatic), 24/29 mpg (automatic, AWD)

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 48 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Dislike the continuosly variable transmission

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price"

Cons: "You get what you pay for."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have driven nothing but Mitsubishi SUVs since 1994. The old 2.4 L engine was a fine engine. The 2.0 in the new Outlander Sport is not up to the task. Couple that with a CVT and you have what sounds like a giant blender about to blow up every time you need to merge onto a freeway. I will not be buying another Mitsubishi."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Very nice vehicle....nicely equipped

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks...design....great mileage....nice ride."

Cons: "Power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the sport in Jan of 2014...dealer treated very well. Took several long road trips in it. Nice and smooth ride. Could use a little more power but will trade the lack of power for the great fuel mileage."

Safe! Almost no injures after being tboned

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Price for options. Safe. Good premium sound system"

Cons: "Not very powerful engine, but I don't care!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought a 2013 Outlander sport last November, a used Limited Edition with everything but leather seats and with only 10K miles on it. A month ago a guy didn't stop in a red light and hit the car in the driver's side while my wife was driving. The car was totalled. Airbags deployed and my wife only ended up with minor scratches and bruises. After getting the settlement check with the insurance company we bought another one today, this time a 2014 SE, hoping it'll last longer :) I like the options, the looks, the sunroof. I love the sound system. If you like listening to music/radio while driving, go for the premium sound. The engine, 2.0L, is not very powerful but it does the job."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great car with a great price point value. Awesome!

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,302

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Valuable, great MPG, design, maintenence"

Cons: "no light in back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great value. You get a lot of car for not a lot of money, and also the best warranty in the buisness. Easy to drive, plenty of room, plenty of power, cost to own is also very valuable. over all I would give it a 9 out of 10. Would definitely reccomend it for someone who is money concious and wants the best value for there buck."

excellent vehicle for the money.

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price"

Cons: "not enough horsepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"vehicle needs more horsepower. Interior is somewhat low end. However, for the money and length of warranty, it is unbeatable."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price and lots of features"

Cons: "none so far"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My wife and I purchased this car after two winters in Maine that made me reflect upon my safety in a front wheel drive auto. The thing that drew me to this vehicle was the ability to run it in front wheel drive but knowing I had all wheel drive and the ability to have 4 wheel drive if I needed it. We purchased the 2.4 liter with the premium package. It is quiet and has plenty of juice if you need to pass someone on a two lane highway. Has great features. If you are looking for a small suv that is economical to drive you should take this car for a test drive. I do not understand the "professional drivers who did not like this car. It is good looking, economical, and feature rich."

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