2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

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$18,495

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Slick manual shifter
  • Playful handling
  • Legible gauges, intuitive controls
  • Cargo room with backseat folded

The bad:

  • Cabin gets noisy on the highway
  • Cargo area with seats up isn't much bigger than sedan's
  • Radio skimps on buttons
  • Design looks a little truncated from some angles

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • ES

    $18,495

  • GT

    $21,495

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Unique hatchback styling
  • Available 168-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Front-wheel drive

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Lancer Sportback hatchback is offered with a choice of two naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines. Competitors include the Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza and Mazda3. The Lancer sedan and high-performance Lancer Evolution are covered in separate reports in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes.
Exterior
The Lancer Sportback retains the general design cues of the Lancer sedan in front but takes on a different look at the rear. The Sportback’s liftgate is raked forward at an aggressive angle for a hatchback, and the overall look is a little ungainly from some angles. A rear spoiler near the roof finishes off the design. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels (ES)
  • Optional 18-inch wheels 
  • Optional bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights 
  • Available power glass sunroof
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers

Interior
Like the Lancer sedan, the Sportback has room for up to five people in two rows of seats. The big difference between the two cars is in the cargo area. Although the Lancer sedan is available with a split-folding backseat to increase luggage space, the shape of the car limits what you can fit in the trunk. With the Sportback, there are fewer restrictions because of its open cargo area, which has a maximum volume of 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Interior features include:

  • Available USB port
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate stereo with a subwoofer
  • Optional heated leather seats

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Lancer Sportback offers a choice of two engines. Mechanical features include:

  • ES has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower with either a standard five-speed manual or optional continuously variable automatic transmission
  • GT has a 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with either a five-speed manual or CVT

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Knee airbag for the driver 
  • Antilock brakes 
  • Electronic stability system

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

The car I've always wanted

I am so happy Mitsubishi is still in America, they have an excellent product for the money.... So far I've had 4 other Mitsubishi's loved them all, but this is the one that hit the spot.... I enjoy the 30 plus mpg, I enjoy 15 seconds in the quarter mile. I really like the top end speed of 125 mph. I love the 49 square ft of storage in the back with the seat down, which is by chance is the same as the Outlander Sport SE, The car reminds me when I was a kid, the car is fun and economical and practical. I wish I had one back in the day...

4.4

good deal for a good car

The car was purchase for my wife. Buying this car really felt good. My wife is very happy with the deal, the dealership, and the car.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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