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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander – Complete Review & Prices

Mitsubishi Outlander is a name with resonance in the medium SUV category since the second generation imposed itself trough an European look in its segment, and after the facelift received a jet fighter grille which made it more aggressive. Outlander was also appreciated by the French group PSA, which sold its variants under the brands Citroen and Peugeot. But it’s time for a new generation, the third.

Mitsubishi Outlander 2013 Review

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander – Complete Review

Mitsubishi has introduced the new model at the Geneva Auto Show in 2012 and announced that it chose to go on the idea of a single global model. A “goodbye” has been said to the models specific to certain markets like Japan or America. 2013 Outlander is now available in a unique version.

Car-Addicts.com Review – 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander Engine / Transmission 4/5

For the new Mitsubishi Outlander, the Japanese manufacturer chose to currently offer only two types of engines: a petrol unit and a turbo-diesel. The first one has 2.0 liter and 150 bhp. It may be associated with both manual or automatic transmission. Regarding the diesel engine, this unit will be chosen by the most prospective customers. It is a 2.2 Di-D, the 2268 cc turbo-diesel engine created by Mitsubishi to develop 150 bhp at 3,500 rpm. The maximum torque is 380 Nm 280 lb/ft) at 1,750 rpm.

It is a refined and pleasant engine, as well as  all of the latest Mitsubishi diesels. The torque of 380 Nm (280 lb/ft) is delivered at low revs and this makes it very pleasant to use. Although the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander weighs 1,600 kg and appears wider than the previous generation, it’s agile enough thanks to its 150 bhp diesel engine.Given our test model, the power was transmitted to all four wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. The wheelhouse might not be the best we’ve seen , giving the impression that it blocks for one second between speed changes. Personally, I prefer an automatic gearbox for an SUV of this size.

Mitsubishi Outlander Consumption 5/5

The advantage of the latest Japanese diesel engine is the efficiency in terms of fuel consumption. Official data provided by Mitsubishi about the diesel consumption are impressive: 5.6 l/100 km (5.6 l/62 miles) is the average consumption, 6.7 l/100 km (6.7 l/62 miles) is the urban consumption and  4.9 l/100 km (4.9 l/62 miles) is the highway consumption. Comparing all these numbers with those of the competition, the only model that even comes close is the new Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC of 150 bhp. The new Honda SUV has an average consumption of 5.8 l/100 km (5.8 l/62 miles).

These are the official figures. In real life, things are a little different. In an exclusively urban traffic area and often with the Start-Stop system off, our tested Outlander recorded a 8.5-9 liters/100 km (8.5-9 l/62 miles) consumption. If we had kept the annoying Auto Stop & Go system plus the Eco mode turned on permanently and lead a more Japanese driving style, we would have probably made ​​an urban consumption of 8 liters per 100 km. Anyway, this seems decent for an SUV of this size.

Mitsubishi Outlander Performance 4/5

Although at first it doesn’t seem like it’s a great athlete, the new Mitsubishi Outlander manages to change your opinion once you’ve installed yourself in the driver’s seat. To have a lively engine, you should disable the Eco mode, that anesthetized the throttle pedal response. You’ll end up with a slightly higher fuel consumption and a smile your face. The new Mitsubishi Outlander is equipped with a diesel engine that can reach a top speed of 200 km/h (120 miles/h) and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 miles/h) in 9.7 seconds. At the maximum speed chapter, the third generation is matched only by Mazda CX-7 2.2 Diesel, but this model has an output of 173 bhp. When accelerating, the new CR-V proves to be equal to those from Mitsubishi, with the same time of 9.7 seconds of sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 miles/h).

Mitsubishi Outlander Interior 4/5

This is the third generation for Mitsubishi Outlander, but the interior remained faithful to the classic principles of the brand. A simple design with only a few exciting things. I’d wish that the steering wheel could’ve been adjusted more in depth and the gearbox lever looks like it was placed a little too far back. The navigation displays its information on a color folding display that’s also a part of Rockford Fosgate. (the audio system)

However, the interior space has been increased, both front and rear. You feel like you’re in a larger SUV, maybe even a Jag. In addition, the new Mitsubishi Outlander offers the opportunity to have seven seats and now you can take you mother-in-law everywhere. The previous generation also offered two additional chairs placed in the trunk, but their sizes were suitable for children, in the best case. The new 2013 Outlander now has seven true places. So it is perfect for a larger family. In addition, our test model came equipped with electric tailgate that could be opened by remote, a useful feature when you need to hide a body in the woods. If the seats on the third row are folded, Mitsubishi Outlander offers a luggage space of 771 liters (27.2 ft³).

Mitsubishi Outlander Purchase price 3.5/5

The prices for the new generation of the Mitsusbishi Outlander start at 22,300 euros for the petrol version with 2WD traction. For a fully equipped model as the one we tested and adding the diesel engine and the four-wheel drive system you’ll have to pay 37,064 euros. The price is comparable to the one of the Japanese rivals, Mazda CX-7 diesel and the new Honda CR-V that has comparable prices: 36,130 and 36,196 euros. Cheaper and more affordable models are Nissan X-Trail and Chevrolet Captiva for which you have to pay around 30,000 euros. Compared to CX-7 and CR-V, the third generation Outlander comes with the advantage that has seven places. None of the two Japanese rivals even has this feature as an option.

Mitsubishi Outlander Safety 5/5

The new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has already been tested by EuroNCAP and smoothly passed the crash tests, obtaining an overall score of five stars. The degree of protection for adult passengers is 94% and 83% for the children passengers. The list of safety features includes side airbags, front and curtain airbags for the knees as well as the important systems like ABS, ESP and assistance when leaving the ramp.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander  Test Drive Photos


Mitsubishi Outlander Roadholding 3.5/5

2013 Outlander is an SUV for normal roads, but in need it may leave pavement to attack a forest road or a more difficult path. Compared to the previous generation, the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has some more capabilities for those enthusiasts of nature excursions. It doesn’t come close to its older brother Pajero, but neither will make you feel ashamed. Next to the gearshift there is a button marked 4WD. With this button you can choose one of three modes for operating the 4×4 system: Eco, Auto and Lock. The eco mode is suitable for low fuel consumption, Auto is for normal running and Lock for when we need all the traction that we have.

The suspension is a little softer and more comfortable than that of its predecessor, making the urban running over bumps a real pleasure. Those who want a sporty driving style will be disappointed as 2013 Outlander is not designed for a sporty ride. The steering mechanism has a lack of feeling and doesn’t convey much information from the drive wheels.

Mitsubishi Outlander Visibility 4/5

The visibility is good when driving the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander. High driving position gives a good view of the traffic and the straight lines of the body help you to easily orient in the tightest spaces. The A pillar on the left can interfere with visibility at some left turns, but not beyond the limits of decency. You do have a reverse camera, but no parking sensors.

Mitsubishi Outlander Technology 4/5

Mitsubishi has improved the features list for the Outlander. Like many other Japanese and Korean brands, the features list is more complete, without many options. For the top model we tested, Instyle Navi 4WD, the only extra equipment that could be chosen from the list is a metallic paint. Returning to the list of features, the new Mitsubishi Outlander is the proud owner of a smart key that you can even store it inside, an electric tailgate that can be disabled if necessary, navigation system, audio system with Rockford Fosgate hard drive and FCM and a frontal impact protection system that alerts and automatically brakes the car if an accident is imminent. We also have LDW, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control system.

Mitsubishi Outlander Design 3.5/5

The design is the most debatable section of the new Mitsubishi Outlander. Personally, I find that the Japanese design it won’t be too popular among Europeans and I prefer the lines adopted by the previous generation of Outlander. But the new 2013 Outlander has straight lines, rectangular profile and that somehow inspires elegance. The car actually looks better than the pictures, but stays anonymous in traffic. A good indicator is the number of heads turned by a new model and the new Mitsubishi Outlander has failed in this aspect.

What we liked:

  • Excellent diesel engine
  • Comfortable suspension

What we didn’t liked:

  • An annoying Start-Stop system
  • Anonymous design

Technical specs – Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D 150 bhp Instyle Navi 4WD

No. doors
Engine Type / cylinder
No. seats
Displacement cc
Length mm
Hp maximum power hp (rpm)
150 (3500)
Width mm
Maximum torque Nm (rpm)
380 (1750)
Height mm
Top Speed km/h
Weight kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h s
Wheelbase mm

Tank volume (liters)
Boot volume (liters)
After this drive test, we give the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 4 out of 5 stars.

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