2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Overview
The Lancer Sportback is a five-door version of the sedan with seating for five and a little more cargo space with the split rear seat up and quite a bit more with it folded. No big changes were made for the 2013 model, which means the ES and GT are the two trim levels, each featuring a different four-cylinder engine.
The Sportback retains the front-end design of the Lancer sedan and adds a steeply raked hatchback that sets it apart from competitors like the Mazda3 and Ford Focus five-door models. A roof spoiler sits above the rear hatch; standard exterior features include auto-off headlights, 15-inch wheels, and power side view mirrors. Options include 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power sunroof and xenon high-intensity discharge headlights. The Ralliart sedan’s front fascia graces the GT’s nose.
The 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine producing 145 pounds feet of torque powers the Sportback ES. The GT model draws breath from a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four developing 167 pounds feet of torque. Both models feature a CVT sending power to the front wheels, but the GT adds a sport shift mode and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. Fuel economy with the 2.0-liter ES comes in at 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the 2.4-liter GT returns 22/29 mpg city/highway.
For the most part, the Sportback interior mimics the sedan’s, with the exception of the rear cargo area. With the rear seats folded down there are 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space. ES standard features include air conditioning with microfilter, illuminated audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, and height-adjustable cargo floor. Options include Bluetooth connectivity, USP port, premium audio and smart key with push-button start. The GT sports most of those features as standard, and also offers navigation and rearview camera.
The Sportback models include the safety features found on all Lancers: stability and traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and emergency braking assist. Seven standard airbags include front, front side-impact, side-curtain and a driver’s side knee unit.