Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

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When the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE pulled into our driveway last week, the first thing I noticed was the color. The shade of blue was beautiful especially on such a cloudy, grey day. It was such a bright, cheery and welcoming color, I couldn’t wait to discover what else this crossover had to offer.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ColorAs I was handed the keys for this week long test drive, I couldn’t stop smiling. The Fast Key Passive Entry System was sure to make life much easier.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Keyless EntryBeing able to keep the keys in my purse or pocket and having the doors unlock simply by pushing a button on the side of the handle makes life so much easier for me as a mom to a 6- and 7-year-old. When my hands aren’t full with groceries or products from other errands, Kora & Logan are always handing me things: backpacks, lunchboxes, posters, projects, hats, gloves and more. Fumbling for my keys is never fun and that’s why keyless entry makes me smile.

The One Touch Start/Stop Engine Switch is so convenient as well. I keep the keys in my purse, put my foot on the brake, and push the button to start up the engine. It’s so simple and I love that it feels quite futuristic and fun.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport The other feature of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE that has us all wide-eyed and amazed is the Panaoramic Glass Roof with LED Illumination.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Panaromic RoofOnce you pull back the shade, its like the entire roof of the car is made of glass. When we first started driving the Outlander, Kora & Logan asked what was up top. Dave hit the button to retract the shade and we all looked up as the biggest sun roof we’ve ever seen was revealed.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Glass RoofIt’s really is amazing and I can imagine how fun it would be to have while driving through the mountains or in a big city. Even a sunny day with blue skies would become a memorable trip. During our time with the Outlander the kids enjoyed looking up and watching both the snow fall and the rain drops.

The 40GB Navigation System is incredibly helpful too.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport NavigationWe didn’t take any roadtrips but we did experience some really bad snow and ice conditions while having the Outlander and the Navigation System was very helpful in directing us how to get around any trouble zones. I absolutely love the mini joystick. I’ve never seen a car navigation system with this and it made maneuvering around on the map so much easier.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport JoystickI also thought the real time traffic updates were amazing. It was great being able to see the backups before we were in them and therefore avoid them.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Traffic UpdatesThey are both features I’ll definitely be looking for in our next car. Kora & Logan loved the navigation system too. They liked that they could see large 7-inch screen from the back seat and had fun watching the map as we drove along.

Here’s a video of Kora & Logan talking about some of the things they liked best about the Outlander.

Other features of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that we enjoyed include:

  • Heated Seats & Mirrors- these were so helpful during our major cold snap and snow storm they kept us warm and able to see
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio – I can never get enough of the 90′s on 9, the 80′s on 8, 70′s on 7….
  • Fuse Hands Free Link System with USB Port – connecting our phones through the Bluetooth was easy & we enjoyed being able to access our podcasts and playlists while on the road
  • Super Wide Range HID Headlamps – I loved that the headlights were bright, crisp, clear, and had a wide range they made night driving seem so much safer
  • Lots of Space – we were happy to see it seated 5 comfortably and offered lots of trunk space too

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Backseat

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport TrunkWe were pleased with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and while it is a bit louder than we expected and the driver’s side mirror had more magnification than we were used to, it’s a nice vehicle that comfortably fits our family of 4.

The Panoramic Glass Roof was such a big hit it’s now on Kora & Logan’s favorite vehicles list. If you’re car shopping I recommend giving this crossover a test drive because the Glass Roof, the Fast Key Passive Entry System, the Navigation System with Joystick and Real Time Traffic Updates, and the amount of space all sell themselves. It’s a great looking vehicle with lots of fun features that are worth checking out.

Vehicle was provided for test drive. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own.

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  1. Austin Baroudi says:

    Such a nice car! I wish I could get something like this! My dream car is a Porsche Cayenne.

  2. Bill Elliott says:

    We are looking for a new car and this one is at the top of the list.Looks great and has a unique sporty style. Thank for the great review.

  3. christine jessamine says:

    I love the look of this car! I love all the space in the back

  4. I love the color and the start button!

  5. Christopher Sorel says:

    wow cool looking ride

  6. How fun…and that sun roof is amazing!!!

  7. Beautiful car. I wish it was mine lol!

  8. Great review. This car has so many great features. Love the glass roof!

  9. love the color, and the navigation. that helps so much. very nice post and vehicle. drive safe!

  10. Elisabeth says:

    Thanks for the review! I love the shape!

  11. Tiffany Winner says:

    love the huge sun roof!

  12. I love the glass roof. We do a lot of mountain driving and that kind of visibility really opens things up.

  13. Thomas chappell says:

    That looks like a really nice Vehicle I like the laminated glass roof we were just talking about looking for a new car we will have to add this to our list.

  14. I love keyless start on cars, why didn’t they think of that sooner! i’ve never driven a mitsubishi but this looks gorgeous!

  15. Heated seats sound awesome on this cold morning.

  16. I love the GPS on that. Very nice! Thanks for the review.

  17. Wow! Nice gig! I really love the idea of the Start Engine Switch. I don’t know why, but I think that is so cool!

  18. Katherine says:

    Great review~ I love all the extra features~

  19. Evelyn Goettner says:

    WOW Love the color!! It has tons of great features too. When we are finally able to buy a new car I will definitely be test driving this car. I could see myself in it.

  20. What you don’t have a giveaway I give one away!?!? I live the sunroof that extends across the enter roof! Looks like a fun ride!!

  21. I love the color of this car! Seems like a great smaller SUV too.

  22. Very nice looking SUV. I love the color! Thanks for the great review.

  23. Wanda McHenry says:

    I love that sunroof!! Such much room inside, it doesn’t seem like it when your looking at it from the outside. I’m curious about the push button start though, I wonder if they break often . Do the seats only heat or do they have a cooling feature as I live in the south and don’t need heated seats that often. :)

  24. saminder gumer says:

    my favorite part is the color and the huge sunroof. i love it when driving long distances.

  25. Beautiful color! :)

  26. Love the panoramic rooftop.

  27. Very luxurious and roomy looking. The dash is amazing. Looks like a very fun vehicle to travel in.

  28. Nice car! The features are awesome!

  29. I am so in love with the Outlander! Plus, this color is to-die-for.


    Ok, sorry. I love my sunroof, but that is amazing!

  31. Love the features, and the trunk area looks really spacious!

  32. Joni Mason says:

    This car has some great features. I would love to test drive one. I wish I could afford it, I’ve been driving the same car since 2001, I bought it new then.

  33. ellen beck says:

    Love the review-someday I am going to get a brand new spanking car- and this one is awesome!

  34. Christina Kelbel says:

    Nice! I love the color as well. The interior is really nice as well.

  35. Betty Baez says:

    WOW!!! that is one sleek and stylish and roomy car…..ill be in the market next year making a mental note ;)

  36. courtney b says:

    i love mitsubishi cars- this one is amazing!

  37. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the color and the size of it

  38. wow wow wow that roof is amazing! i’ve got roof envy!!

    those keys are so cool but confuse me. it’s kind of funny when i try to work it when i shoot weddings with my friend kathy. she finds it hilarious i can’t figure it out.

    plus, that color is so pretty

  39. Normally I don’t like mid-size.. but that sunroof may change my mind! Love it!

  40. I love light, so that moon roof being so big is great!

  41. I like the glass roof and the abundance of space. I can always use more room in the trunk!

  42. How was the mileage????

  43. What a gorgeous car! Such great features!

  44. Beautiful car! I can almost smell the new car scent. We are currently shopping for a new ride, but are pretty much stuck with minivans as we are having our 3rd child in June. :(

  45. This looks like such a nice car. The GPS system looks so amazing. I could really use that. :)

  46. I’m loving that glass roof! And the trunk space looks ample, which is something we are looking for in a new car. This was an awesome review!

  47. That looks like a great car. Lots of room and great features. I love the color as well.

  48. We’re currently researching moving up to an SUV for our family and I honestly totally forgot about the Outlander! I’ll have to add it to our list of possibilities to test drive. How did it do on gas mileage?

  49. I was looking into getting this car, but our dealer shut down one month before we went car shopping. Looks like a nice car!!

  50. The Trunk of the Outlander is the surprising element to large.

  51. Looks great! I love the color

  52. That sun roof is amazing!!! Wow!!! I’ve always loved Mitsubishi; I’ve owned 4 of them. :) Love.

  53. you had me too at the SIDEHANDLE on the key….
    Im always juggling (stuffs) and chasing (kids ;-))

  54. very nice! I love the large sunroof – I have never seen one like that before. The color is beauitiful!

  55. This looks like the perfect road trip car! Thank you so much for the detailed review. I am always keeping my eye out for our next vehicle and being great for road trips is key.

  56. Nice ride! The navigation/SIRIUS radio look so familiar to me because my husband has those features in his Mitsubishi Lancer. They really are nice! I could use those heated seats at this time of year too!!

  57. Great review, very informative.

  58. What neat features! It looks great for your family. Our family of 6 would be too tight. Congrats on a fun opportunity!

  59. MD Kennedy says:

    Our 2006 Hyundai is ready for a replacement and this sounds like a possible option. However, I hav ent been a fan of the push-button starters in cars (some bad rental experiences!

    Our 2006 Hyundai needs a replacment and this sounds like it might be a great optiion. However how do you like the push-button start? I’ve had some bad experiences with this on some rental cars…

  60. What a fantastic car!!! We are shopping for a new car so this is great!

  61. Great features, I especially like the roof and I bet my kids would too. Heated seats are a must when you have leather, some cars are coming with seats that cool also in the summer.

  62. It is so hard for me to hear about all this new stuff!! I mean electric doors and windows were not around when I got my first car!! Maybe I will go and test drive one–but a smaller model–there is only me!!

  63. This looks like a great vehicle! Spacious in the back, too!

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