2013 Mitsubishi Outlander

#22 in 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs Overall Score: 7.2 / 10
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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

Test drivers said that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander falls short with poor interior quality, a cramped available third row and an outdated navigation system.

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Pros & Cons

  • Lively handling
  • Substandard cabin materials
  • Outdated navigation display
  • Tiny third row
  • Stiff ride over rough roads

Notable for 2013

  • Last model year before full redesign

Mitsubishi Outlander Rankings and Research

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander has a score of 7.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 83 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 7.2
Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.4
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.6
Reliability: 2_5

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

By U.S. News Best Cars Staff September 30, 2014

Test drivers said that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander falls short with poor interior quality, a cramped available third row and an outdated navigation system.

The 2013 Outlander comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and has an available V6. Test drivers agreed that the base Outlander feels sprightly and many added that acceleration in V6 models is robust. Four-cylinder models have an automatic transmission (CVT) and V6 models have a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive Outlanders with the base engine achieve an EPA-estimated 22/25 mpg city/highway, which is on par with that of other four-cylinder midsize SUVs. Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 Outlander's communicative steering, strong brakes and crisp handling. On the other hand, some critics wrote that the Outlander's ride isn't as forgiving over rough roads as that of other SUVs.

Critics agreed that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander's cabin feels cheap and is built with low-quality plastics. Base models seat five and upper trims have a third row that boosts seating capacity to seven. Reviewers wrote that the third row offers very little space and does not have sufficient padding to be comfortable. Maximum cargo space is 72.6 cubic feet, which is decent for a two-row SUV but low compared with the space offered by many midsize three-row SUVs. There are few notable standard features. Available features include leather seats, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, a rearview camera, navigation, Bluetooth and Mitsubishi's Fuse infotainment system, which includes a USB connection. Test drivers wrote that the 2013 Outlander's navigation screen looks severely outdated.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Automotive journalists said the 2013 Kia Sorento has an attractive cabin that is built with first-rate materials. The Sorento comes standard with features like Bluetooth and a USB port, which are not standard on the Outlander.

Reviewers said the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has a comfortable, composed ride and a quiet, upscale cabin. The Santa Fe has more cargo space than the Outlander and more standard features, including Bluetooth and a USB port.

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