2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 02, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Compact crossover utility vehicle
  • Exterior styling updated with new grille, front fascia, and rear bumper
  • Reworked interior with new materials and seat fabrics, plus more sound deadener
  • Revised rear suspension and electric power steering
  • Recalibrated continuously variable automatic transmission
  • 18-inch alloy wheels standard on all models
  • SE trim adds more equipment
  • New Sport ES all-wheel-drive model

Introduction

The Outlander Sport is the smaller of Mitsubishi's two crossover utility vehicles. It is shorter and less expensive than the Outlander and offers only 4-cylinder power. Front- and all-wheel-drive are available.
    
The Outlander Sport competes in one of the fastest growing markets with compact crossover contenders such as the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, and Toyota RAV4.

Exterior Features

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rides the same 105.1-inch wheelbase as the Outlander but is 14 inches shorter. Standard exterior features include automatic-off headlights, rear privacy glass, and P225/55R18 tires on alloy wheels. A roof rack, side moldings, xenon headlights and fog lights are available. An Exterior Package adds LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler, alloy fuel-filler door, and body cladding.

Interior Features

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes standard with cloth upholstery, height-adjustable driver seat, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, split- folding rear seat, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, trip computer, and outside-temperature display. An Interior Package adds piano-black interior trim and a leather and aluminum shift knob.

The rear cargo area has 21.7 cubic feet of space, which expands to 49.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded.

Optional Features

To the base model, the Outlander Sport ES model adds automatic climate control, heated front seats, heated power mirrors, keyless access and starting, rain-sensing wipers, illuminated visor mirrors, trunk pass-through, automatic xenon headlights, and fog lights. A Premium Package adds a fixed glass roof panel with LED illumination, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate AM/FM stereo with six 6-disc CD changer, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and roof rails. Other notable options include remote engine starting, a rear cargo cover, front and rear park assist, and two navigation systems, one that comes with a music hard drive and provides real-time traffic information.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered with just one engine and a pair of transmissions. Its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivers 148 horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with an infinite number of gear ratios. The CVT has six preset gear ratios so it can be shifted manually via the gearshift or a pair of magnesium steering wheel paddles.

The Outlander Sport's electronically controlled all-wheel drive system sends about 90 percent of the torque to the front wheels during normal cruising. When it detects slip, it can transfer up to 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels.

Fuel Economy

Fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport as rated by the EPA are:

  • Outlander Sport with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive: 24/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Outlander Sport with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive: 24/31/27 mpg
  • Outlander Sport with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, continuously variable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive: 24/29/26 mpg

Safety

In addition to the government-mandated safety features, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes standard with front side air bags, curtain side air bags with rollover deployment, driver knee air bag, active front headrests, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, and hill-start assist.

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program testing, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport received 4 stars (out of 5 stars) overall rating. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, it received the highest rating, "Good," in the moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection tests, making it a Top Safety Pick. It was not subjected to the small overlap front test, so it could not be named a Top Safety Pick Plus.

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