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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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 55 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Follow-up Review

By on Sunday, November 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, fuel economy, standard features"

Cons: "Engine can get noisy"

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

"This is a follow-up to my review 1 year ago. We have a 2015 Outlander Sport SE 4WD with the 2.0 engine. This car has been absolutely bullet proof, not a single problem with anything. We have averaged almost 29 MPG which is 2 MPG better than the EPA estimate. Most of the driving has been around town, but on the highway we have gotten 31 MPG. I'm 6'1" and I find this to be a very comfortable car to drive. It can be a bit noisy under hard acceleration, but overall it is pretty quiet for a small SUV. As others have said, the amount of standard equipment you get with this car would cost you thousands more on other SUV's. Ours was built in the Normal Illinois plant, which unfortunately Mitsubishi is closing, so to top it all off it was made in America!!"

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

This is our 2nd New Outlander and 3rd Mitsubishi.

By on Friday, September 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good to drive and sits a bit higher than cars."

Cons: "Sun hits backup camera and blocks it out at times."

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

My Mitsubishi Sport Outlander

"Great vehicle and nice riding, good on gas mileage. No negatives on the Outlander. If you're looking for a larger 'trunk' area you might want to go with the Outlander rather than the sport but the sport is just fine for normal trips."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

My Mitsubishi Sport Outlander

Pay attention to what real OWNERS say! Great Car!

By on Tuesday, September 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

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: "Great MPG, Comfortable ride, Handles Great, Looks"

Cons: "low on power but not an issue, plenty for the car."

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

"Are you kidding? Buy it! We mulled around for two weeks trying to decide between the Honda CRV, Subaru XT and the Outlander Sport. The Mitsubishi had the best warranty by a long shot (not the warranty was much of a concern with Honda or Subaru). It boiled down to bang for your buck. We got a LOADED SE Outlander with the glass roof for around the starting price of the other two. We bought the Mitsubishi thinking we just got more bells and whistles but a cheapo car. Well, we were wrong. We just wrapped up a 2000 mile road trip and we were stunned. Economy: This car averaged 31 MPG over the full distance. (Keep in mind this is the 4X4) The insurance rate was lower than the other two SUVs we were considering. Comfort: I have a very bad back and that is the most comfortable I have been in a car since I drove a Lincoln. It rides, handles and stops very well. Power: Many people comment the power is lacking in this car. My wife and I feel it is just right. It is not slow by any means. 70 -80 mph with no issues through the mountains. Acceleration is actually impressive. MPG is the concern for us and this car finds that balance between power and MPG. The CVT transmission is a little weird at first but you soon get used to the shift or no shift depending on where your foot is on the accelerator. I have fun working with the transmission keeping the MPG maxed out. Design: The interior is not Lexus quality but it is as good if not better than Honda, Toyota or Subaru. We LOVE the Rockford Fosgate stereo system with the touch screen and deep bass. The illuminated glass roof is a treat at night. The exterior is aggressive and sporty. It turns heads. We had several people ask us what kind of car this was and they liked it. Value: We feel we could not have done better with any other car. The Mitsubishi dealers seem happy to have our business instead of considering it a chore to sell us a car (Honda, Subaru). We bought this car for work commuter duty. We have already decided it will be much more than that."

20 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 850

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: "great price, fun to drive, reliable"

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

"I just recently purchased the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and absolutely love it! I have read several comments from the so-called experts that say the vehicle is sluggish due to its 2.0 liter engine and that it's noisy but I couldn't DISAGREE more. Please take may advice and ignore the so-called experts and try it out I guarantee you will love it as much as I do!"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport is terrific!

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great styling, power & MPG in the 5 speed"

Cons: "NONE! wish they had a dealership in Santa Monica!"

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

"Bought a 2014 Outlander Sport with a 5 speed manual transmission and am blown away with how terrific this CUV is! Great styling, Spartan yet functional interior with plenty of power and great MPG...can't say enuff good things about Mitsubishi! I've owned Jaguar, Mercedes, BMW, Jeep & Ford and this OS 5 speed is easily the most fun to drive! Hats off to this UAW, built in the USA, SUV & to the team at Mitsubishi...A job well done!"

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Good value; nice options; solid vehicle.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,800

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Economical; fwd, allwd, 4wd; solid; fun."

Cons: "Road noise; CVT cuts optimal engine performance."

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

"We bought this two-year-old vehicle recently with 26.6 K miles on it and agree with another reviewer that you get what you pay for, although we're not disappointed at all as yet. Very good mpg. Very solid with no rattles or squeaks. Fit and finish are at least as good or better than some of the other vehicles in this price range. The use of some soft plastics in the vehicle add to the quality and have a nice feel compared to hard plastics. The dash layout is good looking, as well as ergonomically friendly. The vehicle is good-looking, especially the front view. The 2.0 liter engine gets the job done, although it tends to get bogged down by the CVT under certain conditions. Ours has the CVT with the optional paddle shifter mounted to the steering column and the sport slot on the gear selector which, if utilized correctly by the enthusiast to keep the RPMs in the optimal performance range, helps the engine do a pretty acceptable job rather than depending on the CVT alone to handle things such as accelerating after making a turn or negotiating a hill climb of any length. I don't expect it to handle a heavy load very well, as that is not what this vehicle is designed for. This is not a contender in the Lincoln Navigator or Chevy Suburban range, so don't expect it to do the job of one. This vehicle is not difficult to get in and out of like some other cross-overs and the ride is firm, yet bearable, without jarring it's passengers out the window. There is ample front seat leg room for the average sized adult. Children and smaller adults would do well in the back seat, but leave the Incredible Hulk at home or buy something bigger. We're relying on the Mitsubishi reputation for dependability. Having stepped down from a Navigator this vehicle is everything we expected it to be; Dependable, economical, solid, easy to park and maneuver, good looking and fun to drive. I would not discourage anyone thinking of buying one as long as they can tolerate the road noise/tire noise."

6 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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