The 2013 Outlander is loaded with cargo space and highly versatile, with convenient hands-free features, responsiveness to the touch, and excitable power that can conquer any route with an advanced navigation system.
Mitsubishi’s Outlander is available in five or seven configurations. Its 60/40 split makes room for the whole family as the split rear seat folds and tumbles to unveil 72 cubic feet of space
The instrument cluster is sharp. The interior has been designed with some handsome seats, accommodating the most expansive derrieres. Doors and dash trim are nicely crafted from optional leather with double stitching.
The Outlander comes in three trim levels: ES, SE, and GT. This is not to be confused with the Outlander Sport, which is a different car completely.
The 3.0L V6 has the SOHC 24-valve engine, generating 230 hp at 6,250 rpm, and 215 lb/ft torque at 3,750 rpm. The Sportronic 6-speed automatic transmission makes smooth transitions throughout the shifting cycle.
Automatic climate control and air conditioning with micro filter keeps you cool and refreshed in summer heat and healthier in city smog. Heated seats make it toasty inside to ward off the winter chill.
The steering wheel and shift knob are wrapped in leather and there is a dual glove box with a lower illuminated and lock compartment.
Between the front seats there are three cup holders and two other compartments to hold keys, phone, glasses, etc. Additional cup holders are found in the doors. Leg room is adequate for most drivers and passengers, and variable intermittent wipers ensure good visibility.
Outside, the Outlander has an assertive front grille, which blends nicely with distinctive front bumper, hood and front fender.
Fog lamps, rear LED taillights and color keyed side view mirrors with LED side turn indicators and heated side view mirrors take care of some safety concerns, while exterior chrome accents, colored keyed outside door handles and dual tip exhaust finisher accommodate the aesthetic aspects. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels and Xenon headlamps add additional benefits and practicality.
Mitsubishi has added items like a flap folding tailgate and full-color multi- information center that displays service reminder systems generally not found as standard on vehicles less than $28,000.
While there are numerous items that look good and feel comfortable, I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the standard safety features.
There are several combinations of air bag systems that provide the very best protection in an accident. Items like dual front airbags, front seat mounted airbags and side curtains are examples.
Active stability control, a tire monitoring system, daylight running lights, and engine immobilizer are additional safety features.
The Outlander gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. I averaged 23 mpg during my week driving the Outlander.
The Outlander handles well with plenty of power. The cabin is comfortable, but could use some additional leg room. The car felt strong with good structure and by sitting high there was a good command of driver features.
Yet the doors felt a little light and took extra effort to close properly. I would have preferred the radio volume on the console to have a knob as opposed to up or down buttons. While the steering wheel has a volume button that was somewhat easy to find, the front seat passenger who chooses to adjust the sound may find it difficult finding those buttons and making adjustments.
For $2,000 extra, you can get a Nav-Pack that has HDD Navigation with music and rear view camera monitor. Another $2,500 gets a Touring Package that includes a power sunroof, power driver’s seat, and rear camera system.
In discussing the Outlander with Don Herring Jr., the owner of Mitsubishi of Irving, Texas, he said the vehicle is a terrific buy because its quality, comfort, power, and capability make it a leader in its class.
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or firstname.lastname@example.org
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