Mitsubishi's lineup of cars in America shrinks for 2013 as they begin to move towards a new, green-focused lineup in the next few years.
(The Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder, and Galant have been discontinued for 2013.)
The Lancer compact is Mitsubhishi's entry level model and its offered in two ways: Lancer (sedan) and Lancer Sportback (hatchback).
The Lancer added the all-wheel drive SE model in 2012. It is a very flexible car with three different four-cylinder engine options, including a powerful 237-hp turbocharged I-4 that comes in the Ralliart trim.
For those looking for extra practicality, the Lancer Sportback is a hatchback alternative to the sedan, keeping the same styling upfront but adding a sharply sloped hatch to the rear which improves cargo room.
Representing the future of the company, the battery-powered i-MiEV features an 80-mile range and seating for four-passengers. Its largest selling point is its price; the i-MiEV qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit and is cheaper than both the Leaf and Volt by a fairly large margin. Initially only available in a few markets, it should be released in most states by the end of 2012.
Rounding things out are a pair of crossovers. The Outlander Sport is the smaller of the two and seats five. For 2013, it was the only Mitsubishi model to get real changes that includes new styling front and back, a recalibrated CVT, and more standard features. All-wheel drive is optional.
The Outlander is more traditionally sized and seats five or seven passengers. Its third row can fold flat into the floor for extra cargo space when needed and the Outlander is one of the more responsive and better handling crossovers around. Engine options include a four-cylinder mated to a CVT or a 230-hp V-6 that comes with a six-speed automatic.