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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Disappointing interior materials, a cramped third row, and a firm ride place the used 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander low in our rankings. It also suffers from below-average reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Lively handling
  • Substandard cabin materials
  • Tiny third row
  • Stiff ride over rough roads

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 83 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

Is the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander a Good Used SUV?

The 2-row 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has lively handling and an available third row. However, that’s not enough to make the Outlander a good used SUV. It comes with few standard interior features, has an abundance of hard plastic surfaces, and earned crash test ratings that are only average. Finally, its ownership costs – while not bad – are higher than the costs of competitors like the 2013 Mazda CX-5 and the 2013 Honda CR-V.

Used 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Performance and Interior

The base 2013 Outlander has a 168-horsepower four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The top-of-the-line GT has a 230-horsepower V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available in the SE and GT trim levels. The base engine has adequate acceleration, and the V6 has excellent power. One of the Outlander’s best performance features is its athletic handling. It manages to have a firm ride without sacrificing comfort. Its brakes also have a good feel.

The Outlander’s fuel economy ranges from a low of 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the V6-powered model with all-wheel drive, up to 22/28 mpg city/highway for the four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive.

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The base Outlander ES seats five comfortably in two rows. The SE and GT trims have a cramped third-row bench with little padding, but their first and second rows are pleasant. Cloth seats are standard, while leather and heated seats are found in some models. The Outlander has complete LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, plus a middle-seat tether anchor. Cargo dimensions are below that of most 3-row SUVs in this segment.

Standard equipment in the Outlander includes a six-speaker audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, and air conditioning. Available features include the Fuse hands-free Bluetooth system, which controls a smartphone with voice-activated commands, satellite radio, navigation, and a nine-speaker stereo system.

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Used 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Prices

The price of a used 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander ranges from about $9,100 for the base ES trim to around $14,100 for the all-wheel-drive Outlander GT trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 83 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 83 Mitsubishi Outlander reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2013 Outlander.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has a reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s below average for the auto industry.

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How Safe Is the Outlander?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander four out of five stars in the frontal, side, and rollover crash tests. The Outlander earned the highest rating of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the moderate overlap front and side crash tests. It earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the IIHS’s rear and roof strength crash tests.

There are no standard active safety features in the Outlander, but a rearview camera is available in some models.

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Is the 2013 Outlander the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander marks the final year of a generation that launched in 2007. The Outlander was refreshed in 2010. You may want to consider a 2011 or 2012 Outlander. There are no significant differences in features between these two models and the 2013 Outlander, so choosing one of these will probably save you some money.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Is Right for Me?

The Outlander comes in three trims: ES, SE, and GT. The base ES trim includes features like manual air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, and keyless entry. The SE adds heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a rear third-row jump seat. The top GT trim level has aluminum pedals, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an adaptable roof rack. The SE model is a smart choice for its comfort features and third-row jump seat.

Due to the Outlander’s below-average reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned 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 and Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, reviewed separately, is the subcompact version of the Outlander. The Sport is shorter and a bit narrower than its compact counterpart. The Outlander Sport also seats five but has a smaller 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

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

The 2013 Honda CR-V is the better compact SUV between these two – though it doesn’t handle as well as the Outlander. The Honda has almost perfect reliability, good crash test scores, and an interior that’s loaded with standard tech features. You’ll probably pay a bit more for the CR-V than the Outlander, but you’ll get much more for your money.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander or 2013 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson shares many of the Outlander’s faults, but it has a much nicer interior. It also has an impressive list of standard features, including items like a six-speaker stereo system, a USB port, satellite radio, and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Before buying either vehicle, however, you should shop around.

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