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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC Review

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In the last two years I have reviewed seven or eight cars and I must admit that I love the feel of a new car and a few weeks ago I got the opportunity to drive the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC for a week.

Overall I was super happy with the vehicle and the overall performance.  The one and only thing that I didn’t like was the pick up of the vehicle.  In my opinion the 2.0L DOHC engine doesn’t provide enough punch to get that Outlander moving like I would have liked.  Other than that I must admit the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC was a really fun vehicle to drive.  One of my favorite features was the panoramic glass roof with LED illumination.  I loved that the whole roof was open to the outside and that the sun could just shine right in.  When the kids first got into the Outlander the glass roof is something Shaun noticed and he asked if it opened up like a moon roof, nope.  That would be awesome if it did but from a logistics point of view I am sure putting that entire piece of glass somewhere when open would be a total nightmare.

The Outlander is LOADED with a TON of great features so here they are so that I don’t any:

Every 2013 Outlander Sport includes these standard features:

  • 148-hp, 2.0-liter MIVEC engine
  • Color LCD multi-information display
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/55R18 all-season tires
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • FUSE Hands-free Link System™ with USB Port
  • Seven airbag¹ safety system including a driver’s knee airbag
  • Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column
  • Active Stability Control (ASC)² with Hill Start Assist

Includes all standard features plus:


  • Super-wide range High-Intensity Discharge (S-HID) headlamps
  • Auto off/on headlamp control
  • Halogen fog lights with chrome bezel
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Body-colored outer door handles
  • Heated power side view mirrors
  • Side fender turn signal indicators
  • Rear wiper with intermittent feature
  • Electric rear window defroster with timer
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear LED combination tail lights
  • Roof-mounted radio antenna
  • Single exhaust outlet with chrome tip
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Flat-type wiper blades
  • Roof carrier plug-in accommodation

Wheels and Tires

  • P225/55R18 all-season radial tires
  • 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels
  • Space saver temporary spare tire

Comfort and Convenience

  • Automatic climate control with pollen air filter
  • One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch
  • Rear heater floor ducts
  • Visor vanity mirrors with illumination
  • Rear seat center armrest with cup holders (x2)
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with driver one-touch down/up feature
  • Power door locks with two-stage unlocking
  • Heated front seats
  • Height-adjustable front shoulder belt anchors
  • FAST-Key electronic start system with panic feature
  • 12-volt power outlet (x2)
  • Front map lights
  • Rear dome light (not available with premium package)
  • Rear cargo light
  • Retractable assist grips (x4)
  • Manual day/night rearview mirror


  • Glove box with pen holder
  • Front-door storage pockets with bottle holders
  • Cargo tie-down utility hooks (x4)
  • Center console box with cup holders (x2)
  • Center slide-adjustable armrest
  • Instrument panel lower compartment
  • Pocket tissue holder
  • Seatback pocket (driver’s side)
  • Rear cargo compartments

Seating and Trim

  • 5-passenger seating
  • Sport-fabric-trimmed seating
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat
  • 4-way manually adjustable passenger’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Soft-touch upper instrument panel and door trim
  • Chrome interior door levers
  • Rear seat adjustable head restraints (x3)
  • Door scuff plate (front & rear)
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
  • Adjustable return seatback
  • Carpeted floor mats




  • 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with 6 speakers, Digital Signal Processor (DSP), equalization control and speed-compensated volume
  • SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio with free 3-month subscription
  • FUSE Hands-free Link System™ with USB port
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls



  • Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • High-contrast meters
  • Color LCD multi-information display, including trip computer, maintenance reminder, ambient temperature and audio system information
  • Rheostat
  • Dual trip odometers


Safety and Security

  • Advanced front airbags¹ with seatbelt-use, passenger-weight and driver’s seat-position sensors
  • Front side-impact airbags¹ and side-impact curtain airbags¹ with rollover protection
  • Driver’s knee airbag¹
  • Electronically controlled 4WD system
  • Drive mode selector (2WD / 4WD Auto / 4WD Lock)
  • Active Stability Control (ASC)²
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)² with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Traction Control Logic (TCL)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • 3-point seatbelts for all 5 seating positions
  • Engine immobilizer and anti-theft alarm system
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • LATCH child-safety-seat anchors & upper tethers
  • Remote fuel lid opener
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Collapsible steering column and foldaway brake pedal assembly
  • Side-impact door beams


ECO Friendly Features

  • ECO driver indicator light
  • Brake energy regeneration system
  • Recyclable plastic bumpers, instrument panel, door trim and radiator grille
  • Plastic polymer front fender panels
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)

I am glad that I got the opportunity to drive the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC for a week and test out all of its features.  It was loaded with a lot of nice features for sure but like I said it was just a tad under powered.  It was a fun and easy vehicle to drive that was pretty good on gas (which is a huge plus) that looked really cool which is always a added bonus!