Not every reveal at the 2012 New York Auto Show was as exciting as the SRT Viper. As evidence, we present the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The compact crossover joins the Honda Crosstour and Toyota Venza in the "subtle change, seemingly just for change's sake" category at the show.

Mitsubishi has endowed its bestseller with a modestly revised front fascia, while giving it a new rear bumper, black side sills and standard 18-inch wheels. Inside, some new fabrics and chrome are on display. More importantly, the 2013 Outlander Sport does boast some mechanical changes in the form of revised rear suspension tuning and a recalibrated CVT. Some new exterior colors round out the package.

The biggest news regarding the Outlander Sport, however, is that production will be shifted to the U.S. in July, but we already knew that.

Be sure to check out our gallery of high-res images of the refresh, and skip past the jump to read the full press release.
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Mitsubishi Motors' Enhanced, U.S.-Built 2013 Outlander Sport on Display at the 2012 New York International Auto Show

NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) showcased the enhanced and improved 2013 Outlander Sport compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV) today at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Beginning in July, the 2013 Outlander Sport will be built in the United States at the company's advanced automobile manufacturing facility in America's heartland in Normal, Illinois. The updated, American-made Outlander Sport models produced here in the U.S. will not only supply Mitsubishi dealers in the states but also be shipped to foreign markets.

With composed handling, a comfortable ride and roomy seating for five adults, this stylish crossover is currently the best-selling car in Mitsubishi Motors' North American model lineup.

The 2013 Outlander Sport features numerous design and feature improvements for the new model year:

Exterior
  • Front Fascia – Redesigned front bumper section; New grille styling; New fog lamp design.
  • Rear Bumper – New rear bumper design.
  • Side Sills – Side sills now black in color to match the lower sections of the redesigned front & rear bumpers.
  • Handsome 18-in. alloy wheels now standard on all on all trim levels for the 2013 model.
Interior
  • New interior fabrics; New chrome accent molding for the front doors; New All Wheel Control (AWC) push button switch.
Chassis
  • Revised rear multi-link suspension for improved handling and ride comfort.
Drivetrain
  • Enhanced Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT) calibration for improved acceleration performance and smoother shift feeling.
Exterior Color Availability
  • New hues White Pearl and Quick Silver join Laguna Blue, Labrador Black Pearl, Mercury Gray and Rally Red.
Fresh Face, Same Exceptional Value

The entire front fascia of the 2013 Outlander Sport has been completely made over versus last year's model. The signature pronounced, trapezoidal grille opening and recessed fog lamp housings are still present, but now feature a new, more simple and clean shape. Another appealing detail is the new chrome trim surrounding the outer perimeter of the recessed fog lamps.

Likewise, the rear fascia has been refreshed to complement the new look of the front fascia.

The highly-stylized front/rear fascia makeover - along with new black-colored side sills - enrich the Outlander Sport's already athletic-looking aesthetic demeanor, further separating Mitsubishi's compact crossover from its more mundane peers.

With an impressive EPA fuel mileage rating of 31 highway mpg, and the availability of either front- or all-wheel drive, the stylish 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compelling choice for young families or active individuals that combines the space and versatility of an SUV with the outstanding ride quality and improved fuel economy of an exceptionally engineered car.

Standard equipment on all Outlander Sport models includes stylish 18-in. alloy wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls; Electric Power Steering (EPS); FUSE Handsfree Link System™ that allows voice-activated operation of an iPod® and a cell phone, remote keyless entry; eye-catching rear LED combination tail lamps; heated outside mirrors; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; and air conditioning with micron filter. Among the included safety features are driver knee airbag; Hill Start Assist (HSA); Active Stability Control (ASC); Traction Control Logic (TCL); anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; and an advanced front air bag SRS with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors.

The top-flight SE version adds further luxuries such as a dynamic 6 speaker premium audio system with SiriusXM™ satellite radio with 3-months subscription service; heated front seats; one-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; climate control system with full-auto air conditioning; rain-sensing wipers; super-wide beam xenon head lights and FAST key passive entry system.


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      foxtrot685
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2011 model. I love it. The just and countryman would slaughter it, but the countryman costs $6,000-$10,000 more when equipped like an SE AWD and it requires premium fuel. The Juke is also nice but its navi screen is tiny and the Outlander Sport has a useable cargo area. The juke is also missing some features that are standard on the OS like rain sensing wipers and xenon headlamps. I very regularly get 31MPG on the highway and 25 in town. Its a great car that gets crap because its not the next Countryman or Juke, but Mitsubishi never promised that type of performance, just great fuel economy which it delivers!
        Mike M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @foxtrot685
        Good insight
        Bill
        • 2 Years Ago
        @foxtrot685
        The awd can be turned off correct? You save a little gas? Is the cargo room enough for you?
          foxtrot685
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill
          Yes, the AWD can be turned off, set to auto or locked for deep snow. When in auto, it will revert to FWD when not needed. The cargo room is plenty. It was more than enough for 3 people on a road trip to Las Vegas. And no, we didnt have to fold down the rear seat that wasnt used either!
      Christian L.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What happened! the current one looks good but what did they do? Front looks too big. Grill got smaller. Fog light's too big. That grill should be all black like the EVO
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This isn't that bad. It's a well proportioned in design little cuv that won't break your wallet.
      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad, dowdy little thing.
      Kevin Baker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh Mitsubishi, where are you going in the automotive world? They're slowly transitioning to electric vehicles and I can respect that, but why not implement these motors into existing cars and make it work? They neglected their popular vehicles so I see where all the hatred towards them is coming from. P.S. autoblog, are you going to cover the Mitsubishi iSport air? Because you should.
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Countryman or Juke would slaughter this thing. That's saying something...
        Triumph675SE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @untitledfolder
        Yeah too bad the JUKE IS ******* UGLY AND TINY INSIDE! THE BMW IS EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a sorry POS this is...americans can be "proud " of this POS b eing manufactured in the US, so which third world southern state offered free land, no corporate or RE taxes and slave labor to this asian, the bayou people???
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        they are using the plant in Illinois they own and employee about 2000 americans at....Research before you speak
      kenrique
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like the 4 X 4 out there especially the pajero 2 door turbo diesel engine but this car looks funny n not partisan to the great African terrain. Correct me if am wrong. its like a monster on town wheels
      William Koebel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Compared every small SUV out there, for the money this is by far the best deal. I'm afraid after reading this mornings news( they are predicting Mitsubishi won't be selling autos here in 2014), I'm confused and disappointed. I really like this sport model with all it's bells and whistles and with the warranty it's hard to beat. I hope whoever made this prediction is wrong. It will be my 50th car/suv and since I'm 77 most likely my last. Stay in business here, don't put another 2000 or so out of work.
      Jazzman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not add more power? 147hp isn't much.
      Donald Broussard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would buy today if I could get the diesel version that is selling in Europe! ... 46 mpg!
      Donald Broussard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would buy today if I could get the diesel version that is selling in Europe! ... 46 mpg!
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