Saturday, February 24, 2018
Business

The Daily Drivers: : 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES

Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport is neither an Outlander, like its bigger SUV sibling of the same name, nor sporty. But the Outlander Sport, which has been updated for 2013, is a compact SUV that can be had for slightly less than $20,000 in its base trim. In a refreshing change, we didn't get a manufacturer's fully loaded model.

Appearance: The look is athletic. Mitsubishi has made tweaks to the body including the front fascia, the rear LED taillights and the lower-body panels, which are now painted black. The Outlander Sport still carries the angry-looking scowl that looks much better on Mitsubishi's sporty Lancer. That chrome-trimmed grille, with a body-color bumper running through it, is the most striking feature of the SUV. The look definitely provokes a love-it or hate-it response.

Performance: Our ES trim came with Mitsubishi's 2.0-liter MIVEC inline-4 cylinder, which makes 148 horsepower. The 5-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly and quickly, and the clutch feel is light. We both thought this was one of the SUV's best features, and this transmission would be an easy one for novices learning to drive a stick. We deemed the engine, which is also used in the compact Lancer, adequate for city driving. Lyra found it an adventure on the highway, however, with pokey acceleration and lots of engine noise. Thank goodness for the manual, which probably allowed us to wring the most out of the engine. (The other transmission offered in Outback Sport models is a CVT.) The handling, too, is adequate. As Lyra noted: "It's certainly no road-carver." The estimated mpg is not too shabby at 24/30. The front-wheel drive ES trim is also now available with all-wheel drive, which also gets the CVT.

Interior: Let's talk about what our tester didn't have: panoramic sunroof with LED mood lighting, two-tone leather seats, chrome alloy wheels, navigation with music server and super wide-angle HID head lamps. Those features are available on the upper trim levels. The ES's plastic surfaces don't rise to the level of the stiff competition in the compact SUV class. But let's not forget this is a base model. The ES also has fabric seats, which we wished had more support as well as a tilt adjustment. The strength of the Outlander Sport's cabin is its spaciousness, with good head- and legroom for both front and rear passengers. That roominess doesn't translate to the rear cargo space, however, which fills up quickly on grocery runs. Better to put down the rear seats for more space. Overall, the car feels less than substantial; there isn't a significant thud when you close the doors. Lyra had to slam the rear hatch to get it to close properly (Peter had no such issue). We do like the simple design of the console and controls — dials for AC and buttons for audio. The instrument panel has a small color LCD display for driver information.

Our 3 favorites

Lyra Solochek

Price point: It's an affordable SUV with the base model starting at $19,170 ($19,995 with destination fee).

MPG: Up to 30 mpg with the manual transmission.

Shifting: Easy, effortless clutching.

Peter Couture

I'm going to have to agree with Lyra on all three points, which also were the features that stood out for me. As my wife remarked: "Well, there was nothing about it that I really disliked."

The bottom line: The Outlander Sport doesn't stand out among others in the competitive compact SUV class. Still, if you are looking for a spacious city runabout, the base model with the manual transmission is worth a look.









     
           
Comments
Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

The head of the Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations into the way they report job placement figures says he has no intention of stepping down.That’s unless he is paid five months severance.In a letter from his attorn...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Terminally ill Valrico man dies a month after marrying junior high sweetheart

Terminally ill Valrico man dies a month after marrying junior high sweetheart

VALRICO — During his final few days, 19-year-old Dustin Snyder moved to a hospice house, surrounded himself with belongings from home, swam in a pool and visited the beach in Ruskin.Wherever he went, the terminally ill Valrico man had family beside h...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tampa Downtown Partnership gets initial city okay to expand north

Tampa Downtown Partnership gets initial city okay to expand north

TAMPA — The Downtowner may be heading to Tampa Heights — but not until Oct. 1.That’s because the nonprofit Tampa Downtown Partnership this week won initial City Council approval to expand into Tampa Heights."Tampa Heights is becoming an important gat...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Tampa lawyer gets 27 months in federal prison for insider trading

Tampa lawyer Walter "Chet’’ Little was sentenced this week to 27 months in federal prison for engaging in an insider trading scheme that reaped him and a friend profits totaling nearly $1 million.According to federal authorities, Little accessed comp...
Published: 02/23/18
More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

Three major companies — Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, and the cybersecurity giant Symantec — have ended co-branding partnerships with the National Rifle Association as a #BoycottNRA social media movement picks up steam.Enterprise...
Published: 02/23/18
Citi to refund $330 Million to credit card customers it overcharged

Citi to refund $330 Million to credit card customers it overcharged

Citigroup is preparing to issue $330 million in refunds after the bank discovered it had overcharged nearly 2 million credit card customers on their annual interest rates, a spokeswoman said Friday.The bank, which has about 150 million credit card ac...
Published: 02/23/18
Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family

Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family

ODESSA — The 63-year-old lakeside summer camp had no air conditioning or electricity. Cabin floors were often covered in grime, and cobwebs clung to the windows.But under new ownership, the 18.6 acres of Florida woods known as Camp Scoutcrest to memb...
Published: 02/23/18
BB&T cites ‘technical issue’ in outage affecting customers

BB&T cites ‘technical issue’ in outage affecting customers

Millions of BB&T customers were unable to access their accounts after a service outage which the bank blames on an equipment malfunction. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based bank posted a statement on its Twitter page saying the problem persiste...
Published: 02/23/18
Realtors are ‘every 10 feet’ in Florida but more want in the business

Realtors are ‘every 10 feet’ in Florida but more want in the business

ST. PETERSBURG — Tired of working as a yacht captain, Pancho Jiminez decided to get into real estate even though he knows it’s a highly competitive field in Florida."Realtors are every 10 feet around here," he says.Nonetheless, Jiminez is among 30 st...
Published: 02/23/18
Winn-Dixie sells 8 stores after report says owner could close 200 locations

Winn-Dixie sells 8 stores after report says owner could close 200 locations

A week after Bloomberg reported that Southeastern Grocers — the Jacksonville retailer that owns Winn-Dixie and other chains — could be closing up to 200 stores, the company announced it was selling off eight of its Louisiana locations.Texas’ Brooksh...
Published: 02/23/18