More of the Same Old, Same Old, with the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Updated September 19, 2012
There is no doubt that in terms of evolution Mitsubishi has experienced virtually no growth in the last few years. This is noticeable in the fact that they tout the Outlander to be one of their best vehicles – effectively proving to the rest of us that they simply have dropped their standards. Despite this, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander does have some good features, but lacks seriously in other departments.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is available in four different models – three front wheel drive and one four wheel drive model. The GT model allows for a selection in traction – you choose what type of ground you are driving on the car adjusts accordingly. The GT model also features one of the best features – the hydraulic steering system – which makes it a desirable option among the crossovers available today. The rest of the vehicle, however, leaves some room for thought.
Let’s start by looking at the exterior – Mitsubishi did one thing right by updating the exterior in 2010, but not much has changed since then. It still boasts nearly the same look, with the addition of some soft curves to make it appear more modern and sleek. The exterior is not endgame, however, when you turn your attention inside, the picture doesn’t get that much better.
The interior of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport features three rows of seating, barely. The front seats are bucket seats, roomy enough and comfortable for adults. The second row has the capability of sliding seats forward and backwards to increase the legroom or cargo space, depending on the way you look at it. The third seat, however, is a disappointment – it’s a snug fit, even for children, so good luck fitting granny back there. Nevertheless, the third row can be folded down to provide additional space – so don’t buy this car thinking it’s going to be the perfect solution for that long road trip you’ve been wanting for your family of 6 or 7.
Interior features include all of the standard features you’ve come to love and simply cannot do without – air conditioning, keyless remote entry and climate control. Add in the availability of the new Sirius XM radio and Bluetooth capabilities and you will see that Mitsubishi is desperately trying to keep up with the competition. Leather seats, heated mirrors and rain-sensing wipers are options that you can add to the GT model for additional luxury, and let’s face it, it’s a budget model crossover, you can afford to add those additional features in.
Overall, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has received “good” car ratings, with the exception of roof testing, where it has simply been rated “acceptable.” In other words, don’t roll it and you should be just fine. Once you roll it, though, you may not be so lucky.
If you are considering the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, you may want to wait for the 2014 model instead. With a fresh design in the works, and more updated features to come, it just might be worth the additional wait. After all, what is another year?
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