What's New for 2013:
- Production moved from Japan to the United States
- Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels
- Restyled bumpers, grille and fog lights
- Revised suspension, steering and transmission
- Improved interior materials and noise suppression
- New interior and exterior trim
- Upgraded premium audio system
- All-wheel-drive offered on ES trim level
- Two new exterior colors
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a 5-passenger compact crossover SUV offered in ES and SE trim levels with front- or all-wheel drive (2WD or AWD). The Outlander Sport ES is equipped with heated exterior mirrors and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The Outlander Sport offers 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, unless the premium sound system has been added as a feature, in which case the subwoofer reduces the volume to 20.1 cubic feet. Fold the rear seat, and the SUV offers a maximum of 49.5 cubic feet of cargo room.
Standard equipment for the Outlander Sport ES includes Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The 4-speaker stereo is equipped with a CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The SE trim comes standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), automatic climate control, FAST-Key keyless entry and push-button ignition, upgraded stereo system, upgraded upholstery, heated front seats, automatic high-intensity discharge headlights, fog lights, and rain-sensing wipers.
Several option packages are available on both versions of the Outlander Sport. They include the Exterior package (LED running lights, large rear spoiler, aluminum fuel door); Interior package (aluminum and Piano Black trim); Protection package (mud guards, rear bumper protector, tailgate protector); All-Weather package (remote engine starting, mud guards, all-weather floor mats); and the Cargo package (cargo mat, cargo net, cargo shelf board). Dealers can also install a navigation system, front and rear park-assist sensors, LED interior lighting, and more.
The SE trim can also be optioned with a navigation system, bundled in a Navigation package with real-time traffic reporting and a reversing camera. This version is also offered with a Premium package containing a panoramic glass roof, LED cabin lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, reversing camera, and a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate Punch sound system with satellite radio and a CD changer.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 148 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the ES trim, delivering power to the front wheels. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional on the ES and standard on the SE, and both trims are equipped with a brake energy regeneration system that captures energy when the SUV is stopping, using it to recharge the battery.
Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel-drive system is optional on the Outlander Sport, continuously distributing power to the front and rear wheels, as needed, when the center console selector is in 4WD mode. A Lock setting produces equal power distribution as conditions warrant.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are:
- Outlander Sport 2WD with manual transmission: 24/31/27 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Outlander Sport 2WD with automatic transmission: 24/30/26 mpg
- Outlander Sport 4WD with automatic transmission: 24/29/26 mpg
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is equipped with 7 air bags, including a knee air bag for the driver. Additionally, the SUV has 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control system, hill-start assist, and a brake override system that is designed to make it impossible to accelerate if the brake pedal is depressed. The Outlander Sport SE trim level comes standard with rain-sensing wipers and, in conjunction with a navigation system or the Premium package, a reversing camera. Dealers can install optional rear park-assist sensors.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Outlander Sport a 4-star (out of 5) overall crash-test rating. As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2013 Outlander Sport. However, the Institute did name the structurally identical 2012 model a \"Top Safety Pick.\"