2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Compact, athletic stance
  • Standard voice-activated cellphone connectivity with streaming audio
  • Availability of premium features

The Bad

  • Limited cargo space

Notable Features of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

  • Slight restyle
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Revised rear suspension
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Four-cylinder engine

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi's smallest SUV with room for five occupants. It's a size down from the larger seven-passenger Outlander. The Outlander Sport revisits some of the changes made for the previous model year — specifically to the transmission — as well as other mechanical tweaks and minor styling changes to the outside. The Outlander Sport competes with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Hyundai Tucson.

Exterior
It takes a second glance to spot the exterior changes for 2013. The fog lights have a new design, and the lower side sills, lower rear and front bumper are now black instead of matching the exterior's paint color as in previous years. Replacing last year's 16-inch wheels are 18-inchers standard on all models. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Available rain-sensing wipers
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available chrome-surround for fog lights
  • New colors (White Pearl and Quick Silver)

Interior
The Outlander Sport has room for five occupants. New fabrics on the inside and chrome molding on the front doors make up the notable changes for 2013. Interior features include:

  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Fuse voice-activated phone and iPod control
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel audio controls
  • Available heated front seats

Under the Hood
Powering the Outlander Sport is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a standard fiv...

Vehicle Overview

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi's smallest SUV with room for five occupants. It's a size down from the larger seven-passenger Outlander. The Outlander Sport revisits some of the changes made for the previous model year — specifically to the transmission — as well as other mechanical tweaks and minor styling changes to the outside. The Outlander Sport competes with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Hyundai Tucson.

Exterior
It takes a second glance to spot the exterior changes for 2013. The fog lights have a new design, and the lower side sills, lower rear and front bumper are now black instead of matching the exterior's paint color as in previous years. Replacing last year's 16-inch wheels are 18-inchers standard on all models. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Available rain-sensing wipers
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available chrome-surround for fog lights
  • New colors (White Pearl and Quick Silver)

Interior
The Outlander Sport has room for five occupants. New fabrics on the inside and chrome molding on the front doors make up the notable changes for 2013. Interior features include:

  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Fuse voice-activated phone and iPod control
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel audio controls
  • Available heated front seats

Under the Hood
Powering the Outlander Sport is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual transmission and available continuously variable automatic transmission. For 2013, the CVT receives calibration updates to improve its acceleration and smoothness. Other changes include a revised rear suspension that Mitsubishi says improves handling and comfort. Mechanical features include:

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Five-speed-manual transmission
  • Available CVT with paddle shifters
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Hill start assist

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for front occupants
  • Side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants with rollover sensor
  • Driver knee airbag

Latest 2013 Outlander Sport Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

One of the small vehicle I had

by Erik Mitsubishi RVR from weyburn on August 16, 2018

This vehicle was actually an RVR but since they were totally the as an outlander sport in USA.But it is an RVR here in Canada.This is way perfect for a small fanily.Great for winter driving and fuel ... Read full review

(5.0)

This Car is so DARN good!!!

by Star Creator from Gary on August 6, 2018

I was a new owner of this MITSUBISHI car I drove out of town , i shopped for a while came out their was a BLIZZARD. I wanted to faint their was no one with me. I ran to the car got in panicked some ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport currently has 8 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Mitsubishi
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 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 warranty

    Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    123-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Outlander Sport received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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