What's New for 2013:
- Exterior package includes fog lights, front spoiler, and an exhaust finisher
- Interior package includes aluminum shift knob, aluminum brake handle grip, and LED cabin lighting
- All Weather package includes remote engine start, mudguards, and all-weather floor mats
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a 5-passenger, 5-door compact hatchback offered in two trim levels: ES and GT. The Lancer Sportback ES rides on 16-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, and includes auto-off headlights, rear window wiper/washer, rear spoiler, and attachment points for a roof rack.Interior Features
The Lancer Sportback provides 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and 46.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Mitsubishi also claims the cargo floor can be lowered by 3 inches to expand maximum volume to 15.3 cubic feet and 52.7 cubic feet, respectively.
The Lancer Sportback ES is equipped with standard air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel with audio controls. The stereo offers 4 speakers and a CD/MP3 player, and the ES trim level is equipped with a manual height adjuster for the driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seat with a center armrest and rear cup holders, and a black-and-beige two-tone interior treatment.Optional Features
Options for the Lancer Sportback ES include a Deluxe package (Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and push-button ignition, power sunroof, upgraded sound system with a USB port and satellite radio, upgraded gauges, improved interior and exterior trim); Alloy Wheel package (16-inch aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes); Exterior package (front air dam, exhaust finisher, fog lights); Popular Equipment package (alloy fuel door, trunk mat, rear bumper protector); and an All Weather package (remote engine start, mudguards, all-weather floor mats). Additionally, the ES trim can be optioned with a navigation system, aluminum interior trim, chrome exterior trim, LED interior lighting, and roof rack cross bars.
The Lancer Sportback GT is equipped with a more powerful engine, 18-inch aluminum wheels, sport-tuned suspension, 4-wheel-disc brakes, and fog lights. Front sport seats trimmed in premium fabric are standard on the GT trim, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, additional stereo speakers, USB port, keyless entry and push-button ignition, upgraded gauges, and an automatic climate control system.
The Lancer Sportback GT can be optioned with a reversing camera and a hard-drive navigation system with real-time traffic reporting. A Touring package adds leather seats, heated front seats, power sunroof, premium sound system, automatic bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a reversing camera with the display embedded into the auto-dimming rearview mirror. Additional options include an All Weather package, Popular Equipment package, LED cabin lighting, aluminum interior trim, chrome exterior trim, and roof rack cross bars.Under the Hood
A 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Lancer Sportback ES. It is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Sportback GT is equipped with a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine matched to a Sportronic CVT with magnesium shifter paddles. Both models are front-wheel drive.Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback are:
- Lancer Sportback ES: 24/32/27 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Lancer Sportback GT: 22/29/25 mpg
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback comes standard with 7 air bags, traction and stability control system, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Additional safety features are available on the GT trim, including a reversing camera and rain-sensing wipers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Lancer Sportback a 4-star overall crash-test rating (out of 5 stars). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2013 Lancer as this overview is written. However, in 2012, the IIHS said the structurally identical Lancer was a "Top Safety Pick."
Available Trims for the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Hatchback
||continuously variable automatic
|| 148-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl
||continuously variable automatic
|| 168-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl