2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. Its Competition

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a competitive set that bridges between the stylish tall hatchbacks and some of the smallest crossovers—some of which are rugged, others of which attempt to be more upscale, sporty, or family-oriented.

Two new entries this year, the Subaru XV Crosstrek and the Buick Encore, challenge the Outlander Sport from different directions; the Subaru aims at outdoorsy people with its rugged look and very function-oriented equipment set.

At the other end is the new Buick Encore, which will offer a taste of luxury in a very small crossover—with a warmly trimmed, more comfort-oriented interior.

The Jeep Compass is a carryover for one more year and offers packaging that's quite comparable to the Mitsubishi, although it can be equipped with real off-road ability.

The Ford C-Max has a comparable layout, and it's arriving to the U.S.

only as a hybrid—with a pretty generous list of equipment and a 47-mpg EPA highway rating.

The Nissan Juke is a curious alternative; it's more of a sporty car than a utility vehicle, and its seating and cargo layout isn't nearly as practical, but with its turbocharged engine it's a strong performer.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is space-efficient, comfortable, and very maneuverable, but its noisy interior and lack of refinement are limiting factors.
The 2013 Jeep Compass is affordable and makes good practical sense—but its disappointing interior appointments and lack of refinement limit its appeal.
A rakish crossover with a 260-horsepower four on tap, the Kia Sportage reboots its image on a few levels all at once.
The 2013 Nissan Juke is road candy, from its zippy powertrain to its wacky looks--but tight space and low real-world gas mileage leave an aftertaste.
With the frugality of a Corolla and hatchback versatility, the 2013 Toyota Matrix delivers on practicality but falls short if you expect a hot hatch.
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Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door Manual ESFWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door Base5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 DoorCrossover5 Door Wagon
ManualManualManualContinuously Variable RatioManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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