2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: New York International Auto Show
- 04/08/2012 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Auto Show
Mitsubishi's top-seller has received a makeover for 2013. The compact crossover has been mildly re-styled with a new front fascia, featuring new grille, fog lamps and bumper; as well as a new rear bumper and new black side sills. All trim levels now have 18-inch alloy wheels standard. The interior gets new fabrics and a new push-button switch for All Wheel Control.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport continues to be powered by the same 148 horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. The continuously variable transmission has been recalibrated to improve acceleration and smooth shifting, while engineers revised the rear multi-link suspension to improve handling and comfort. For the first time, the ES model will be available with four-wheel-drive as well as front-wheel-drive.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is the brand's best-selling model, but it received one of the lowest Total Car Score ratings for the segment, 62.84, when 71.84 was segment average. One of the criticisms of the 2012 model was excessive body roll, which Mitsubishi says it has improved for 2013. Still competition in the compact crossover segment is stiff and it remains to be seen if the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's Total Car Score will improve for 2013.
Production for the 2013 model will move to Mitsubishi's Normal, Illinois facility.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be available this summer.
Here's what others are saying:
Car and Driver: "Not only the company’s player in the hotly contested compact SUV segment, the Outlander Sport also soon will be representing the American workforce: Beginning in July 2013, Mitsubishi’s Normal, Illinois, manufacturing facility will supply both the U.S and export markets such as South/Central America, Russia, and the Middle East with 2013 model-year Outlander Sports."
Kelley Blue Book: "While pricing has not yet been announced, it appears likely this now even classier crossover will continue to be a high-value proposition within its competitive set."
Motor Authority: "The revised Outlander Sport differs from the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It’s likely the two will be sold in parallel (in the U.S., at least), with the Outlander Sport representing the best value and the Outlander representing the best content."
Motor Trend: "The compact crossover retains its characteristic “angry eyes” headlights and wide trapezoidal front grille, but gets a subtly revised front fascia. The bumper has been smoothed out a bit, and the grille and fog light surrounds receive new chrome trim."