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Thursday, June 20, 2013

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Joey has informed me that he knows what car he will drive when he grows up.  This Mitsubishi.  Why?  Because he loves blue!  So, look out 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - my son will come looking for you in about ten years.  You are the most "awesome blue car" he has ever seen.  His enthusiasm for the color and vehicle reminded me of a long lost wish I had in my younger years - a purple Mitsubishi Eclipse!

During a recent road trip, Joey (and the rest of us) had a lot of time to get to know the newly redesigned 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.  It's always fun to cruise around in a vehicle that is sporty!  Though, sporty can often mean you are sacrificing space.

I had each family member test the various places to sit and comfort levels throughout the vehicle.  Since the Outlander Sport is a smaller crossover - as opposed to the Outlander - it doesn't quite fit our family of four.  The Outlander Sport will seat up to 5 passengers, however, leg room is a top priority of ours. 

Though there is enough room for up to three children in the back seat - the lack of leg room in the driver side was an issue for us.  At 6' 3", my husband had difficulty reaching the steering wheel comfortably due to the leg room he requires. 

The seating capacity, storage space and drive experience are reminiscent of a sedan.  I enjoyed how it handled on the county roads as well as the interstate during our trip.  We also had a bit more room to stow luggage than we would have had in our sedan. 

I'm not sure why, but the panoramic glass roof was one of the top favorites for the kids.  They are thrilled when they slide into a vehicle where they can actually see through the roof!  I like being able to let the sun shine in and think that it is a great feature. 

The Outlander Sport comes with a sporty yet still fuel efficient MIVEC engine.    


"This spirited 2.0-liter aluminum power plant uses MIVEC technology to balance power with fuel efficiency. Designed to optimize valve timing at every engine speed, MIVEC—short for Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control—gives the Outlander Sport 148 horsepower along with a remarkable 31 mpg¹ on the highway when you pair it with the available CVT transmission. So you could say the Outlander Sport has brawn and brains."

¹ EPA mileage estimate for 2WD model with CVT transmission. Actual mileage may vary.

Overall - the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was a fun vehicle.  If I wanted something a bit bigger than a sedan yet wasn't ready for a large SUV - it would be a consideration.     

Favorite features available on various models of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

::    18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

::    Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

::    SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio with free 3-month subscription

::    FAST-Key electronic start system with panic feature

::    Engine balancer shaft for smoother power delivery

::    Available Panoramic glass roof with adjustable LED mood lighting

::    Available two-tone dove gray / black premium leather seating surfaces

::    One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch

* I was provided the use of a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE. All opinions are my own.

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Item Reviewed: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Tiffany Noth