I recently spent a week driving the above 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE. It’s not only beautiful to look at, but a pretty nice ride too.
Most of the vehicles I’ve reviewed over the past two years have been matched up with a family vacation or road trip of some kind. Not this time. This one I put to the test with my daily routine and my family’s busy schedule.
The Outlander Sport is loaded with a ton of cool features! Like FAST-Key electronic start system with panic feature, One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, and my favorite – FUSE Hands-free Link System™ with USB port. A must the next time I shop for a new vehicle. Any option that adds convenience to my daily routine, and also helps keep my focus on the road is worth every penny.
The size and shape of this vehicle took some getting use to for me. I often found myself trying several times before being perfectly parked. I’m sure given another week, I would have been parking like a pro. Change doesn’t always come easy for me. My only other concern was the lack of pick up. In my opinion the 2.0L DOHC engine doesn’t provide enough power for this size of vehicle. This was not major, but enough to get my attention a couple of times while merging onto the freeway.
Over all I really enjoyed driving the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE, and appreciated the long list of impressive safety features. Such as the Seven airbag safety system including a driver’s knee airbag, 3-point seatbelts for all 5 seating positions, and the Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, which I unfortunately had to put to the test – by coming to a quick halt, while driving downhill, in the rain. This is something my car would NOT have been able to do. Had I been in my car, I would have hit the vehicle in-front of me for sure.
Made of recyclable plastic bumpers, instrument panel, door trim and radiator grille the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE is very Eco Friendly. Amazing on gas – I drove it all week without ever stopping for gas, and still returned it far from empty. It also features an ECO driver indicator light, Brake energy regeneration system, and Electric Power Steering.
During my week’s busy schedule, I was able to put most of the storage capabilities to the test. The Front-door storage pockets with bottle holders was a nice feature while driving our daughter around, as was the Center console box with cup holders. Most families will agree, you can never have too many cup holders. Ever! Yet, most impressive was the size of the trunk! Wow, was that nice. I miss it already.
Now let’s talk fun! because the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE was a blast to drive! With 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with 6 speakers, Digital Signal Processor, equalization control and speed-compensated volume – I actually enjoyed my drive to and from work each day. So much, that a couple of times I drove a few extra blocks out of my way just to finish a good song. When you’re a working mom, sometimes that drive is the only alone time you get. Why not enjoy it? Also, I have to mention a big bonus is the size of the panoramic glass roof with LED illumination. I mean are you kidding me – the LED illumination was like a party up-in there at night. Pretty darn sweet!
This was my first time driving a Mitsubishi vehicle, and judging by my experience I hope it wont be my last.
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Disclosure: I was delivered a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. The opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review. I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.