2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

In the automotive industry, a new generation of an old model is considered both an overhaul and a renewal – and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is no different.

The new third-generation Outlander retains a few of its predecessor’s virtues but its huge improvements in several areas boost its appeal in the SUV market where Honda CR-Vs, Subaru Foresters, and Toyota RAV4s are always ready to give their competitors a run for their money.

By the company’s own admissions, these areas for improvement included space utilisation, cabin quality and refinement in appearance, which many customers have also been known to comment on.

Let’s take a look at the most important features that the third-generation Outlander offers its target market. You will more likely find something new in it that will appeal to your driving sense and, hence, encourage you to dip into your wallet.

MIVEC Engines
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander provides two choices in the high-performance, fuel-efficient MIVEC engine technology – first, the 2.4-litre MIVEC 4-cylinder engine with a 168-hp and 28-mpg beauty and second, the 3.0-litre MIVEC V6 with a 230-hp and 26-mpg capacity. Both, nonetheless, provide for one of the most rewarding driving experiences on the road whether on city roads in Sydney or in the Outback.

The Outlander, after all, has a reputation for both being a sporty yet family-friendly vehicle.

Wheel Control
Depending on the model, the third-generation Outlander has the All-Wheel Control (SE model) and the Super All-Wheel Control (GT model). While the former allows for improved handling over challenging road conditions, which is in itself a great feature, the latter ups the ante through the addition of a dynamic active differential to the car’s front wheels.

Throw in the 3 selectable modes – lock, tarmac and snow – and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander can be driven with excellent stability, traction and control on just about any road condition!

Advanced Transmissions
Mitsubishi prides itself on its advanced transmission technology that, in the 2013 Outlander, takes the form of the Continuously Variable Transmission (ES and SE models) and the 6-speed Sportronic transmission (GT model). Both, nonetheless, merge the benefits of control in manual shifts and convenience in automatic shifts – just tap lightly on the paddle shifts and voila! You can enjoy the benefits of the best transmissions in the industry.

Towing Capacity
The GT model is touted to be the best choice when it comes to sport activities, thanks to its 3,500-pound towing capacity. Customers can use it for activities like boating, skiing and ATV driving as well as just generally lazing around in the Australian countryside.

Exterior Appearance
And then there is the sleek and sophisticated styling of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander that belies its sporty engine performance and towing capacity. This is a car that works – and succeeds, for that matter – toward an impressive first impression that it will then reinforce with an excellent driving performance.

Of note are its colour LCD multi-information display with useful information of average fuel consumption, outside temperature and trip odometer; 18-inch alloy wheels; HIP projector lamps; and power glass sunroof. The 2013 Outlander will certainly stand out from a sea of its competitors and we mean it in a good way, too.

Interior Amenities
The interiors of the 2013 Outlander also easily impress at first glance and then reinforce the favourable impression with actual use. Think of heated seats and mirrors, leather-covered seats, a hands-free mobile command centre for your entertainment system featuring a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and a fast-key passive entry system.

Add in the 72.6- cubic feet spacious cargo room and the storable third-row seat and you can go from the city to the Outback in comfort and style.

The Verdict: The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the best in its class from its engines, exteriors and interiors to its pocket-friendly prices.

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