With its sleek design and convenient utility, the Mitsubishi Motors’ tried and true 5-door Lancer Sportback returns for the 2013 model year as the perfect choice for performance car enthusiasts and young families alike.
This uniquely-configured, yet handsomely-styled vehicle in the popular Lancer family is available in two distinct trim levels: the entry-level ES and the athletic GT. The Lancer Sportback ES comes with an efficient 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC 16-valve engine that achieves 32 highway mpg, while the sportier Lancer Sportback GT is equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-four engine that produces 168 hp and 167 lb.-ft of torque.
The 2013 Lancer Sportback ES is an exceptional value within the 5-door compact sedan segment, thanks to an efficient yet peppy 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC 16-valve engine paired with an advanced Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that achieves a welcome 32 highway mpg. A dazzling array of standard features including a 4 speaker 140-watt CD/MP3 player with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for crisp and clear listening enjoyment; air conditioning with micron cabin air filter; variable intermittent windshield wipers; auto-off halogen headlights; and additional conveniences like plug-in Thule® roof rack sockets, a remote keyless entry system and a 60/40 split rear seat with cargo area release lever; power windows, mirrors and door locks; and much more are also included.
Powered by a dynamic 2.4-liter MIVEC engine that belts out a full 168 horsepower that is connected to a technically advanced Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Sportronic® driver-operated paddle shifters, the 2013 Lancer Sportback GT includes other feature upgrades like a sport-tuned suspension; automatic air conditioning climate control; 6 speaker sound system that includes Mitsubishi Motors’ innovative FUSE Handsfree Link System™ with USB port that allows users to operate numerous functions of the audio system and an iPod™ through the use of simple voice commands; FAST-Key entry and engine starting with panic alarm feature; a leather-wrapped steering wheel plus much more.
Available upgrade packages for the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback include an Exterior Package that consists of a front air dam, exhaust finisher and fog lights; an Interior Sport Package with aluminum shift knob and brake grip; an LED Illumination Package that augments the Lancer Sportback’s already attractive interior with blue front floor illumination and LED interior lamps; an All Weather Package with rear mudguards, front all-weather floor mats and the convenience of remote engine start; and the Popular Equipment Package that adds niceties like a trunk mat, scuff plates, rear bumper protector and an alloy fuel door.
With comfortable seating for five and a taller, longer stance that extends to deliver more rear cargo space, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback offers incredible utility for a sports sedan. With the rear seats up, this spacious hatchback offers 13.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume, which is 1.5 cu. ft. more than the Lancer sedan’s 12.3 cu. ft. For additional cargo space, the auto-folding 60:40-split rear seats fold completely flat with one touch for an area totaling 46.6. cu. ft. If that isn’t enough, the rear cargo area floor can be lowered three inches, expanding cargo volume to 15.3 cu. ft. with the rear seats up and a full 52.7 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded down.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback comes with two very capable yet fuel-efficient engine variants – both based on the 4B11 engine architecture found under the aluminum hood of the vibrant Lancer Evolution model. The ES model engine produces 148 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm from its 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC 16-valve inline-4 with a compression ratio of 10.0:1
The rock-solid platform of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is the result of a chassis that has been engineered to include ultra-high-tensile steel construction and extra rigid support in key areas including the roof joints and side pillars. The sturdy chassis – accompanied by a sophisticated independent suspension design that utilizes Macpherson struts at the front of this stylish and sporty 5-door with a multilink setup for the rear, lends the Lancer Sportback superb handling and ride characteristics while simultaneously allowing it to smooth out road imperfections with aplomb.