There are two ways to approach the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, a compact crossover suv sharing a platform with the standard Outlander but equipped with a powertrain supplied by the Lancer sedan. One way is to measure it against its competitors, which might prove a disappointing exercise, especially following a test drive. The second way is to look at its sticker price, and that’s before factoring in rebates and incentives. Value is definitely the name of the game when it comes to the Outlander Sport.
Value, however, isn’t the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s only strength. This is a safe vehicle, a fuel-efficient vehicle, one covered by a long powertrain warranty that is also surprisingly comfortable for four adult passengers. The 2013 Outlander Sport does, however, compete in one of the broadest and most popular segments of the marketplace. Are these appealing characteristics, wrapped in rakish good looks, enough to inspire crossover buyers to visit a Mitsubishi dealership? That’s what we’re here to determine.