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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has lower ownership costs than many other small SUVs. It's also relatively comfortable inside, but drawbacks like a coarse powertrain and a low reliability rating pull its score down.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy cabin
  • Standard hands-free phone and audio connectivity
  • Noisy, timid engine
  • Low reliability rating

New for 2013

  • Exterior styling refreshed
  • Minor handling improvements
  • Higher-grade speakers and sound insulation became standard

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 50 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.7
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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

Is the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a Good Used SUV?

A used Outlander Sport is not the best choice among subcompact SUVs. Shoppers on a tight budget will appreciate the low cost to own this comfortable and spacious vehicle. However, it’s hard to ignore the Outlander Sport’s below-average reliability rating, unrefined powertrain, bland interior styling, and low-rent cabin materials.

Used 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Performance and Interior

The Outlander Sport comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT (a type of automatic). Acceleration is sluggish off the line, and the powertrain can be quite noisy. It’s great on gas though, delivering 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Outlander Sport has a comfortable ride, light steering, and strong brakes. However, it tends to lean when cornering.

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The five-seat Outlander Sport has comfortable seats with good legroom in both rows. Unlike some other small SUVs, adults can comfortably ride in the Outlander Sport's back seat. However, some rivals have higher-quality cabin materials and fresher interior designs. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

The base stereo system comes with four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Mitsubishi's Fuse hands-free system. Connect your smartphone or MP3 player, and the Fuse system gives you the ability to make a phone call or play your favorite song using voice commands and steering wheel-mounted buttons. Satellite radio, navigation, a rearview camera, and a Rockford-Fosgate sound system are included on some models.

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Used 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Prices

The Outlander Sport has a low price compared to the rest of the class. Expect to pay around $8,800 for the base Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES, and close to $10,300 for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE. These prices are for models with the CVT. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 50 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Outlander Sport in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 50 professional Mitsubishi Outlander Sport reviews.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The Outlander Sport has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is below average for a used SUV.

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How Safe Is the Outlander Sport?

The 2013 Outlander Sport has pretty good safety scores overall. It earns four out of five stars for its overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This small SUV also received the top rating (Good) in four out of five tests administered by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS named the Outlander Sport a 2013 Top Safety Pick+, which is the agency’s highest accolade. No advanced safety features come standard. A rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are available.

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Is the 2013 Outlander Sport the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Outlander Sport belongs to a generation that launched during the 2011 model year. Mitsubishi made a few updates for 2013. These modest improvements include refreshed exterior styling, improved sound insulation and speakers, and better handling. An older model gives you similar features while saving you money.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Outlander Sport comes in two trims levels: ES and SE. Both trims are available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Unless you are in search of the least expensive SUV you can buy, we recommend spending a little more to get the SE trim. The SE comes with heated front seats, automatic climate control, a proximity key with push-button start, and Halogen fog lights. The added features are a nice touch, but don't fret if the base trim is a better fit for your budget. It comes standard with essentials like air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, keyless entry, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Mitsubishi also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. Mitsubishi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander Sport may be the brand’s best-selling vehicle, but the larger Mitsubishi Outlander is the better buy. It gives you the choice of either a larger second row or an extra third row, and it can carry more gear in the back. Both SUVs have weak engines and underwhelming interiors. The Outlander is only marginally more expensive than the Sport, but it’s the better choice of the two.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2013 Nissan Juke?

The Nissan Juke is the better choice if you want a zippy subcompact SUV. The base Juke model has a peppy turbocharged engine delivers good acceleration, and there's also a performance-oriented Juke Nismo for more thrills. However, the Outlander Sport offers much more room for cargo and rear-seat passengers.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2013 Honda CR-V?

A Honda CR-V costs around $4,000 more than the Outlander Sport, but it’s a far better SUV. The CR-V has two rows of spacious seating, superb safety ratings, and a high reliability rating. We named it our 2013 Best Compact SUV for Families.

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