In this car review we are going to take a look at the Mitsubishi Outlander, a vehicle which has undergone several changes this year, marking the end of the current generation of Outlanders and paving the way for the more drastic alterations which are set to be implemented towards the end of 2014.
This year’s development certainly appears to be tailored more towards drivers who are looking towards more of a performance vehicle rather than a purely practical purchase; so the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander might not be the ideal choice for your daily commute or school run.
The cabin offers a generous amount of leg room and definitely makes for a spacious and comfortable drive. However the design aspects are somewhat plain and it would be nice to see more of a balance between practicality/utility and aesthetics.
Although the Outlander lacks telescopic steering, it does handle the road very nicely. With four-wheel ABS and on-board stability and traction control systems, taking sharp corners and traversing less-than-ideal weather conditions should be a breeze.
For the more safety-minded, the Outlander features front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags. What’s more, child seat anchors enable you to drive with a little extra peace of mind, and the driver and passenger head restraint whiplash protection system provide even greater safety while on the road.
The Outlander ES combines a hardy 2.2L four-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive to offer uncompromising acceleration and road handling as standard, further bolstered by stability and traction control systems.
Boasting 22 mpg and 28 mpg for city and highway driving respectively, the ES offers some fairly competitive fuel efficiency for a vehicle of its class.
Side and curtain airbags come as standard, as does an integrated MP3 player, USB input, and Bluetooth connectivity with phone connectivity and voice control.
Price: MSRP from $22,695
Adding to the features of the Outlander ES, the LS Trim includes the addition of third-row seats with recline adjustment, making it ideal for those longer car journeys with the family.
Price: MSRP from $23,995
The Aspire Trim is where the Mitsubishi Outlander really outshines the competition, boasting a workhorse 2.4L engine with automatic transmission while still offering the same great fuel economy as the ES and AS models.
In addition to the features included in the ES and SE models, the Aspire also adds the option of Rockford Fosgate premium audio.
The Mitsubishi Multi Communication System with a 7″ WVGA touch screen display, 3D navigation mapping, and SD Card input is available as an optional extra if you really want to take your in-car entertainment to the next level.
Price: MSRP from $43,490
If you would like to learn more about the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander and any other fantastic Mitsubishi vehicles, contact or visit your nearest Bartons Mitsubishi dealership. You can also check out Gumtree’s car reviews on many popular Mitsubishi models including the Outlander. With more than 66 years of experience within the motoring industry, their friendly staff will be more than happy to help you book a test drive and answer any questions you may have.