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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition SUV

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

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New For 2013
A mild update brings new front and rear fascias, a restyled interior with improved materials and insulation, revised rear suspension geometry, and an amended CVT. Aluminum wheels are standard on all trims, and all-wheel drive is now available on the lower-cost Outlander Sport ES.
Overview
Don’t confuse the Outlander with the Outlander Sport. Although the two share names, their personalities are markedly different. While the Outlander is a large family hauler, the svelte Sport aims squarely at younger buyers seeking an affordable crossover. Only two years have passed since its introduction here, but the cute-ute is being modified for the 2013 model year. For starters, assembly has shifted to Mitsubishi’s plant in Illinois. A mild face-lift blesses the car with tweaked front and rear fascias, standard eighteen-inch aluminum wheels across the range, and improved interior materials. All Outlander Sports crib the 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the Lancer. A five-speed manual transmission is available on ES models; a continuously variable transmission is available and is standard on the higher-grade SE trim. Not only does the CVT improve fuel economy (25/31 mpg city/highway), but it’s also available with an optional all-wheel-drive system. The Outlander Sport’s Lancer roots ensure great steering and decent handling, but the Sport doesn’t exactly live up to its suffix. In prior CVT models, acceleration has felt sluggish, but a retuned transmission—new for 2013—should help quicken the pace. If a Lancer Sportback isn’t quite tall enough for you and you can forgo the power offered by several competitors, the Outlander Sport might be a perfect fit.

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2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC with MIVEC variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 24 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 432 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
15.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 148 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 145 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm

'13 Mitsubishi Limited Edition SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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