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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

3/13/2013
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport arrived for the 2011 model year, a smaller, lighter, less expensive, and less powerful crossover SUV than the standard Outlander, with which the new Outlander Sport shared its platform. Fast-forward to 2013, and Outlander Sport production has moved from Japan to the United States. To celebrate, Mitsubishi has restyled the SUV's front end, recalibrated its driving dynamics, and upgraded its appearance inside and out. Here are 5 additional facts about the made-in-the-USA 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

1. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a 5-passenger crossover equipped with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and which is offered in ES and SE trim levels. The SE models add upgraded seat fabric, heated front seats, a better sound system, automatic climate control, and a passive keyless entry and push-button ignition system. Fog lights, automatic HID headlights, and rain-sensing wipers are also included for this version of the Outlander Sport.

2. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Outlander Sport, the same 4B11 power plant upon which the fearsome Lancer Evolution's turbocharged 291-horsepower engine is based. Here, however, the 4B11 engine generates 148 horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque, charged with moving 3,263 pounds of crossover SUV. The Outlander Sport ES model is equipped with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional, along with an All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel-drive system that can be locked to evenly split power between the front and rear wheels as is desirable. The Outlander Sport SE has the CVT as standard equipment.

3. According to the EPA, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is rated to return 26 mpg in combined driving, except for the ES 2WD with the manual gearbox, which should get 27 mpg.

4. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport provides a maximum of 21.7 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat, and as much as 49.5 cu. ft with the rear seat folded. Note, however, that models with the premium audio system option and models with the power panoramic sunroof offer less cargo volume.

5. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport receives a 4-star overall rating (out of 5 stars) and is designated a "Top Safety Pick" for 2013 by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).