2013 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander retains one important distinction: It's one of the few smaller crossovers to offer a third-row seat.

The Dodge Journey, which is loosely related, offers that too, and in V-6 form the Journey is also an excellent, refined performer (though the Mitsubishi has a more advanced all-wheel drive system.

The Toyota RAV4 also offers either four- or six-cylinder drivetrains and a third-row seat, and it's soon due to be replaced.

The Chevrolet Equinox is another great choice, with decent performance and good gas mileage in base four-cylinder form, although it doesn't offer a third-row seat.

The Ford Escape has been redesigned for 2013 and looks radically different; it's more fuel-efficient as well.

And those who don't mind a vehicle that's focused on practicality, not performance, will want to check out the Honda CR-V, which gets great mileage and has a smartly designed interior—though again, no third-row seat.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is an enjoyable, well-equipped vehicle in top-of-the-line GT form; but value-conscious families have plenty of better (and fresher) choices.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
The 2013 Dodge Journey is a clever tweener, with three rows of seats if you need, and manageable size all the time--at a very reasonable base price.
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door ESFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4-Door WagonSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Continuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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