The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with two engines. The ES and SE trims feature a super fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. While this is not a lot to get excited about, its fuel-economy is, as it returns 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. If you prefer a little more power, you will want to opt for the GT that gets a 3.0-liter V6 engine. It produces 230 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque to accelerate zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Fuel-economy still remains pretty good as even the all-wheel drive model offers 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. A continually variable transmission mates with the four-cylinder engine while the V6 gets a six-speed automatic transmission. The ES is only available as front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option on the SE and GT. If you want an SUV, but are afraid you won’t be able to handle the size, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is the solution. With a turning circle of only 34.8 cubic feet, this vehicle will park and maneuver as easily as a sedan. The suspension is tuned to allow for a firm yet comfortable ride, and the steering is nicely weighted.
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• Audio - The standard audio system is nothing exciting at 140 watts output and six speakers. It does include speed sensitive volume control, in-dash CD player, MP3 playback and USB connection. Fortunately, an upgraded 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system is available with one subwoofer and nine speakers.
• SiriusXM - The GT model will come with a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio subscription to enjoy commercial-free music, news, sports and more.
• FAST-Key - You won’t have to fumble for your keys with this entry and start system.
• Rear Seat Entertainment - An optional rear seat entertainment system will help to keep second and third row passengers occupied with wireless headphones and remote control.
• FUSE - This hands-free link system integrates voice controls for both Bluetooth and iPod devices.
When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 Outlander scored a “Good” rating on front and side-impact protection, but only an “Acceptable” in roof-strength. Antilock brakes, airbags and reinforced body construction helps to keep occupants safe. Other safety features include:
• Rear view camera
• Child seat anchors
• Emergency brakeforce distribution
• Active stability control
• Tire-pressure monitoring
• Rear door safety locks
• Whiplash protection system in front head restraints
• Turn signal mirrors
• Front seatbelt pretensioners
• Engine immobilizer
• Four-wheel antilock brakes
The 2013 Outlander looks a lot sportier than it actually is. A modestly chiseled body and aerodynamic styling are highlighted by a rear roof spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels and a pretty fierce front grille. Buyers who appreciate the exterior styling will want to be sure to snatch one up as 2014 will bring a new body style.
The passenger cabin is handsome, but some will find it a little too utilitarian. Clean surfaces and square lines offer a no-fuss appeal. The controls are easy to access, but there is certainly nothing that will jump out and grab your attention. If you are a taller person, you will want to factor in that the Outlander does not have a telescoping wheel. On the positive side, the vehicle offers seating for seven; on the downside, the vehicle offers seating for seven. As a five-passenger vehicle, there is plenty of space for rear seat passengers, but add in a third row and things change. In fact, it is more like a jump seat just squeezed back there as an afterthought. Even kids may have a hard time getting comfortable.
The 2013 Outlander offers an impressive 73 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seat, which is more than the Escape, CX-5 and CR-V. However, if you have three rows filled with passengers, don’t plan on hauling any luggage of golf clubs as you are only granted 14.9 cubic feet.