The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may not be the most exciting crossover on the market, but it is certainly one of the most functional. The Outlander Sport seats five and has enough cargo room for some solid Costco shopping. It handles on the road well too, especially when making sharp turns or making its way around in the pouring rain. Hence, why this version of the Outlander is specifically made to handle rougher roads. Street driving may not be the best way to test a car’s handling, but it does well fighting with taxi cabs, as well as it does bouncing out of potholes.
While the interior of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t very sexy, its hard black dashboard and ever present glow of red, that circles most of the control panel and dashboard, gives you a twinge of there being a Cylon amongst us. The seating is comfortable for short trips, but grows uncomfortable after about two hours or so of driving. The backseats are especially hard on the back and behind. However, we did enjoy the car’s panoramic sunroof with accent mood lighting that can be dimmed. This adds a bit of pop to the rest of the interior of the car.
The in-car infotainment system isn’t as user friendly as we would like. But functionally, it hits the most important tasks you need, including the ability to connect to your iPhone to playback music files through the car’s speaker system. And unfortunately the model we tested didn’t give us access to the navigation part of the system, so we couldn’t test the in-car nav system.
Small gripes aside – the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with heated seats, a rear-camera, a keyless entry system, 18″ wheels, and it offers a sleek exterior design that isn’t too flashy – but isn’t very sexy either. You’ll also squeeze out a solid 24 City and 30 HWY miles per gallon. And while the Outlander Sport may have a few more bells and whistles than just the standard Outlander, it is, overall, a very masculine-feeling car. That said, it does the job of getting you to and frou, but other than that, its updated refinements, compared to its previous model isn’t all that much to get excited about. Regardless, if you are in the market for a reliable crossover that can also handle rough roads and loads of packages, then you are in for a treat with the Outlander. Overall, it is a very solid car that may lack in flash, but makes up for that in stability. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is available now and starts at $19,170.