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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Review
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Over the years, the Mitsubishi Lancer has worn many badges and body styles. One of the more recent variants of the vehicle is the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, a five-door hatchback with a sporty and stylish vibe. The Lancer moniker dates back to 1973, solidifying it as a mainstay of the automaker. The current versions of the Lancer are based on a 2005 concept car. The Sportback model was first introduced to the United States’ marketplace in 2010, but was released in Canada one year earlier. The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is built for power and efficiency and offers plenty of storage capacity for a vehicle in its class.
The 2013 Lancer Sportback is a sporty and economical take on the hatchback that curbs fuel consumption without sacrificing on performance or interior space. Shoppers looking for something practical with plenty of snap will enjoy the MIVEC engine under the hood and interior creature comforts of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback. Everything about the design of the Lancer Sportback speaks to the feature rich and performance-minded modern car buyer. Offering sprite performance efficiency, the 2013 Lancer Sportback is a forward-thinking hatchback that aspires to go and do more, earning it the designation ""Sportback.""
New For 2013
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback receives only minor changes for the year. Most notably, several new optional packages are now offered:
- Deluxe package
- Interior sport package
- Chrome package
- LED Illumination lighting package
- Sport Aero Package
- Navigation Package
The look of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is sloping and stylish. The angular front grille gives a nod to Audi, but the sharply-angled headlamp design balances the look in a way that Mitsubishi calls ""shark-like."" The overall design of the 2013 Mitsubishi Sportback is one of the most appealing for a hatchback in its class. The 2013 Lancer Sportback also features a modest spoiler in its default configuration, underscoring the sporty aspirations of the model. The Lancer Sportback is a hatchback design that avoids looking boxy, and manages to remain sleek. Other exterior complements include 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, and cargo tie-downs. Exterior options include roof rack cross bars, a chrome lower grille trim, and accessory wheel locks.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is extremely well complemented in its stock configuration. Headroom abounds inside the cabin, with a respectable 36-inches in rear seat positions. Faux carbon fiber trim fittings are also implemented throughout the interior, and various compartments allow for ample storage space. Other creature comforts include interior air filtration, cruise control, and tilt-adjustable steering. Of the two specifications, the ES and the GT, only the GT has automatic climate control, while the ES does come with manual air-conditioning. The most impressive option for the 2013 Mitsubishi Sportback GT is perhaps the available 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with AM/FM/CD and MP3 playback. Also available for the 2013 Lancer Sportback is Mitsubishi’s FAST-key passive entry and starting system, and FUSE hands-free communications system. Satellite navigation and leather upholstery are also available options for the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback. With seating for up to five, the Lancer Sportback’s interior complements are rounded out by 52 cubic feet of cabin space.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is well equipped with safety considerations. The vehicle offers four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, side-mounted airbags, and passenger-sensing airbag deactivation. Modern safety features included in the design of the 2013 Lancer Sportback include emergency braking assist, engine immobilizer, and tire pressure monitoring. The Lancer Sportback also offers electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control.
The two versions of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback offer admirable performance with plenty of zip. The Lancer Sportback ES offers a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine outputting 148-horsepower (hp) at 6,000 rpm. The GT model offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that outputs 168-hp at 6000 rpm. Both models sport a continuously variable transmission. The experience of driving the Lancer Sportback is surprisingly comfortable and nimble, thanks to power-assisted steering and front/rear stabilizer bars. Everything operates smoothly in the Lancer Sportback, and the ride is relatively quiet and soft. The ES version of the Lancer Sportback offers enough power for most fuel-saving drivers, but the GT’s extra performance is not lost on those who want to push their vehicle a little. In either case, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a clear contender for the title of best in class and one that will no doubt see broad appeal from a wide-range of vehicle buyers. The Lancer Sportback is fun to drive and a treat to occupy – it just gets it right in more places than most of its competitors. Viewed in conjunction with the rest of the Lancer lineup, it is apparent that Mitsubishi aims to offer something for everyone.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer-Sportback
- Subaru WRX STi
- Volkswagen GTi
- Mazda 3