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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander was new.


Performance: 7.7

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander’s sporty handling and optional V6 engine are highlights, according to reviewers. Test drivers also praise the optional six-speed automatic transmission, noting that it shifts smoothly. While the ride is slightly firmer than most crossovers', critics say that the Outlander still absorbs road imperfections quite well.

  • "When it comes to driving dynamics, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is among the most enjoyable picks in its segment." -- Edmunds
  • "On the road, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander's excellent steering and brake feel, sport-tuned suspension and supportive front seats deliver a balance of comfort and confidence that will suit many driving styles." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "About the drive: it's adequate, though also dated." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "The Outlander GT does steer nicely, and the powertrain is more than adequate." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Outlander’s ES and SE trims come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower. The GT Outlander has a 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6. Four-cylinder engines are paired with a CVT, while the V6 comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the base trim, and all-wheel drive is available on the SE and GT trims. The EPA rates the Outlander at up to 19/26 mpg city/highway with the V6, which beats out the top-ranked Buick Enclave. The Outlander’s four-cylinder engine gets much better fuel economy ratings of up to 22/28 mpg.

Reviewers think the Outlander’s powertrain is one of its main strong points. While they say the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine provides adequate acceleration, they note that the V6 offers excellent power. Test drivers also appreciate the Outlander’s smooth-shifting six-speed automatic that comes with the V6. A CVT is standard with the four-cylinder engine, but few critics have tested it.

  • "While the Outlander's V6 isn't as powerful as those in the Kia Sorento or Toyota RAV4, it delivers brisk acceleration." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless of powertrain, the Outlander runs well and has a spirited, sporty feel, though fuel efficiency is only about average for the category." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The powertrain is also a strong point - 230 hp is plenty for this segment, and the six-speed automatic shifts smoothly." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Power is exceptional from this V6 and six-speed, all hooked up with Mitsu's excellent all-wheel-drive system." -- AutoWeek (2012)

Handling and Braking

Auto critics think the 2013 Outlander’s sporty handling is one of its biggest assets. Reviewers praise the balanced steering response and note that it provides good communication with the road. Though it’s tuned for a firmer ride than most midsize SUVs, test drivers say it doesn’t sacrifice too much comfort. Reviewers say that the brakes have good feel as well.

  • "And though many of its competitors like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape can absorb road imperfections with greater poise, the Outlander's lively handling characteristics are worth the small trade-off in ride quality." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The car feels alert and fairly light on its feet and potholes are well absorbed." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "The Outlander may have the best steering of any mid-size crossover. Nicely weighted, communicative, and precise." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Brakes feel strong and progressive." -- Edmunds (2008)

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