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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a crossover SUV based on the upscale Outlander in the company’s lineup. The Outlander Sport is actually Mitsubishi’s best-selling model, and the 2013 versions is a continuation of the successful formula. The Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi’s third-generation RVR vehicle, a branch of the automaker that began in 1991. Initially developed in 2010, the Outlander Sport is a multi-purpose vehicle that is priced to reach anyone and to go anywhere. Featuring a color LCD screen and Mitsubishi’s proprietary FUSE hands-free Link communications system, it is clear to see that the Outlander Sport is deigned to out-complement competitors in its price group.

Delivering more for the money across the board, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is available in two variants, the ES and SE. The Outlander Sport is affordable ahead of all other concerns, yet it still manages to offer ample amenities, if slightly underpowered for its class. SUV buyers seeking copious amounts of space may want to look at the Outlander Sport’s bigger sibling. Nevertheless, the Outlander Sport is a stylish and feature-packed compact SUV that is a great all-around buy.

New For 2013

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport receives a few minor updates, including:

  • New front fascia and grille styling
  • Chrome accent molding added to front doors
  • Upgraded interior fabric material
  • ES trim receives optional all-wheel drive
  • New multi-link rear suspension
  • An pair of new colors is offered for the 2013 model year, including White Pearl and Quick Silver


The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport borrows plenty of visual elements from its big brother, the Outlander. The 2013 Outlander Sport features the distinctive front-end that the automaker is beginning to implement in its designs. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a four-door compact SUV that is very stylish and clearly spent its share of time in the wind tunnel. Exterior features of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport include 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, and an inside-mounted spare tire. The sloping back-half of the Outlander Sport is completed by a rear spoiler as standard. Available exterior options include accessory wheel locks, an alloy fuel door, and roof rack crossbars.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is comfortable and stylish. Cabin features include premium cloth seating, leather steering wheel cladding, front bucket seats, cruise control, power steering, and steering-wheel-mounted controls for transmission, cruise, and audio as standard. Mitsubishi’s FUSE hands-free communications system is also included. Other interior considerations of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport include simulated alloy trim and climate control. In-cabin entertainment includes an AM/FM/CD player, Sirius XM satellite radio, and USB connectivity. Other interior amenities include Bluetooth wireless data link and phone pre-wiring. Full leather upholstery is an available option. Satellite radio, satellite navigation, and disk-based local storage are also available options for the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.


Safety features of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control. The design of the Outlander Sport includes dual front head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, and a passenger airbag deactivation sensing. An engine immobilization system is also integrated into the design. Park assist sensors are an available option for the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a treat to drive or simply to ride in. The 2013 Outlander Sport’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission, in the case of the ES, or a continuously variable transmission in the case of the SE model. The Outlander Sport is easy in the fuel department as well, offering 24/31 mpg city/highway. The result is a smooth and stylish ride in a well-equipped vehicle that resides at the head of its class, unapologetically.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn’t truly a sport-anything. Misnomer aside, the compact SUV is a fuel-efficient choice that is an idyllic urban traveler with room for five passengers to ride in style. Good looking, value-priced, and comfortable, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers more in terms of equipment than many of its closest competitors, even if the majority of them are looking back at the Outlander through the rearview mirror.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander-Sport

  • Kia Sportage
  • Nissan Juke
  • Volkswagen GTi
  • Chevrolet Equinox

See the New 2015 Outlander Sport.

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