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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,706 - $14,459
Original MSRP: $18,495 - $22,995
MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior

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The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s interior isn’t luxurious, but reviewers say this fairly-priced SUV is a good deal for about $19,000. The base model has comfortable seating for five, a USB jack, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted controls. One downside to the Outlander Sport is that it doesn’t have a large cargo area, but its 49.5 cubic-foot maximum area should suit many drivers. If not, upgrade to the GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, all of which offer 64 cubic feet or more with the rear seats folded. 

  • "While still rather conservative in design, which Mitsubishi attributes to an emphasis on the driver and simple, easy-to-use controls, the Outlander Sport's interior is surprisingly spacious and replete with quality materials and comfortable seats." -- Motor Trend

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Seating

One of the main differences between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Outlander Sport is that the Outlander can seat up to seven people. The Outlander Sport seats up to five. Despite its smaller size, the Outlander Sport receives positive reviews for driver and rear passenger comfort, which is high praise for a crossover of its size.

While reviewers appreciate the Outlander Sport’s spacious seats, reviewers complain that it only comes with black seats and leather ones aren’t available.

  • "Neither front- or rear-seat passengers will want for headroom, even if they're all over six-feet tall. Legroom is likewise impressive both front and rear, as is shoulder room." -- Motor Trend
  • "There is plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-footers. The seat is generally supportive but could use more padding for best comfort. The view out back and to the front and sides is good, though thick roof pillars pinch the view to the right rear. The rear seat is surprisingly spacious for a compact SUV. There is plenty of knee room, foot space, and headroom for a 6-footer's frame." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Fortunately, front passengers of all sizes will likely find a comfortable seating position thanks to well-shaped seats, plenty of head- and legroom and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column for the driver. The rear seats have slightly less room, but an average-sized adult should be comfortable enough." -- Edmunds
  • "A few tugs on the six-way, manually-adjustable driver's seat gets us comfortable quickly, although the general lack of bolstering and the cushion materials have us questioning how good we'll feel during prolonged runs." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Materials in the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are a step up from the plastics used in Mitsubishi’s other models. Test drivers also note that the Outlander Sport’s controls are also pretty straightforward and easy to use without the navigation system. Adding navigation makes the audio features less intuitive.

Despite the interior’s faults, the automotive press thinks the Outlander Sport’s sub-$19,000 base price and good list of standard features make it a great value. The base Outlander Sport comes with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, power windows and doors, an auxiliary and USB input jacks and Bluetooth. If you add the optional center arm rest, the USB and auxiliary input jacks will be located inside, which makes storing your iPod and other devices easy.

A Rockford-Fosgate audio system, navigation and rearview camera are available. The navigation system is available on the ES trim for an additional $2,150, and to get the rearview camera, you must upgrade to the SE trim and pay an additional $2,000.

  • "Inside, Mitsubishi has lifted trim levels with high-quality plastics, and added a powered leather seat option, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, and a panorama glass roof." -- Truck Trend
  • "The tilt and telescoping leather steering wheel is pleasing to the touch, the switchgear and stalks above average, while the climate controls are blissfully simple in both design and execution." -- Autoblog
  • "Instruments are large and easy to read. The climate controls are mounted low on the dash, made of cheap plastic, and lack a precision feel. They are simple to decipher at a glance and use however. The audio system's controls are easy to use on base models. The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions, complicating their use. A screen positioned between the speedometer and tachometer offers a wealth of useful information. Most controls are within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cabin plastics are vastly better-looking than the Lancer's (they couldn't have gotten much worse without the company being required to plaster a Dodge badge on the car), but anyone expecting a classy Mini-like premium look and feel will be disappointed." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Outlander Sport’s small size only offers up to 49.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which should suit most shoppers, but that number is still a lot less than what the competition offers. The Kia Sportage, for example, can hold 54.6 cubic feet of cargo. The Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 have even larger maximum cargo capacities. The CR-V holds up to 72.9 cubic feet, and the RAV4 maxes out at 73.

  • “Cargo space with the seat backs raised is good, with plenty of space for a few suitcases." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seatback is a tad on the vertical side, but there's plenty of cargo room behind as a consolation prize." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Less impressive is the Sport's limited cargo capacity -- maximum cargo capacity is just 49.5 cubic feet." -- Edmunds

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