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MSRP: $19,470 - $23,995
Invoice: $18,648 - $22,982
MPG: 24 City / 30 Hwy
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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior

Although the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is relatively small, reviewers say its back seat has plenty of room to accommodate most adults. They say its height-adjustable front seats are comfortable and offer good outward visibility. The Outlander Sport has less cargo space than several other compact SUVs, but some test drivers say the cargo hold still has a suitable amount of space. While auto reviewers say the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's cabin is functional, most agree that it’s also unexceptional when it comes to design, and some note that materials like the dashboard plastics, feel cheap and thin.

  • "The Outlander Sport's interior doesn't claim to be luxurious, but it is useful and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin features a rather non-descript design, and, while durable, the materials don't feel upscale." -- Left Lane News
  • "At first blush, Outlander Sport's interior looks quite low-buck. The top of the dashboard is made of thin, hollow plastic, but the part that faces passengers is soft-touch. There is padding on the armrests and center console, but it's on the thin side." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Seating

The 2014 Outlander Sport seats five and comes with cloth seats. Leather seats and heated front seats are available on upper trims. Most reviewers agree that despite its relatively compact size, the Outlander Sport's back seat is spacious and has plenty of head- and legroom, even for taller passengers. Test drivers also note that the front seats are height-adjustable, offering good visibility and a comfortable driving position.

  • "Getting around in the 2014 Outlander Sport is unobtrusively easy. The driving position is comfortable and, thanks to the somewhat high profile, the driver has a great view of the road and traffic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Outlander Sport's accommodating back seat is a pleasant surprise -- despite this crossover's compact dimensions, adults should have no problem getting comfortable in the second row." -- AutoTrader
  • "Fortunately, front passengers of average size 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. Taller drivers may be a bit squished." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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. As in front, the glass roof takes up some headroom. The center seating position is not ideal for tall riders, though." -- Consumer Guide (2012) 

Interior Features

The Outlander Sport comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, Mitsubishi’s voice-activated FUSE hands-free system with Bluetooth and a USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Optional features include a 7-inch touch screen with navigation, a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system, a Rockford-Fosgate nine-speaker stereo system, satellite and HD Radio, a rearview camera, push-button start, a panoramic moonroof and automatic climate control.

Some reviewers say the Outlander Sport's controls are simple and easy to reach. One test driver says the FUSE hands-free system makes audio and navigation functions simple; however, another notes that the navigation system complicates the audio system's functions.

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  • "The deeply hooded tachometer and speedometer feature crisp white backlighting and numerals that are easily read at a glance. The ergonomics are generally good, including both the manual and automatic climate controls." -- AutoTrader
  • "The controls are within easy reach and simple to use, while Mitsubishi's well-executed Fuse voice activation system makes some audio and navigation functions a hands-free affair." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions, complicating their use. Most operations are performed with tedious physical or virtual pushbuttons." -- Consumer Guide (2012) 

Cargo

The Outlander Sport has 49.5 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded and 21.7 cubic feet with them in use. Models equipped with a panoramic moonroof or subwoofer have slightly less space. The Outlander Sport has considerably less cargo room than rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Still, some reviewers say that the Outlander Sport’s cargo hold offers a useful amount of space for a few pieces of luggage.

  • "Behind the rear seat the cargo capacity is not great, at just over 20 cubic feet, but fold down the rear seats and the capacity more than doubles." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The rear seat backs fold down, and SE models include a center pass through. Cargo space with the seat backs raised is good, with plenty of space for a few suitcases." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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