Mitsubishi Outlander Interior
The majority of reviewers approved of the features and options available in the Outlander's interior but questioned the quality of the materials. Car and Driver says, "It doesn't quite match the RAV4 for material quality, but it blows the Toyota away with gadgets galore."
But New Car Test Drive says the new Outlander has "a look and feel that's more upscale, quieter, more mature, with tasteful metallic trim and tighter integration of controls and fixtures." Buyers might want to take a close look inside for such flaws, as Consumer Guide also says, "the cabin has few padded surfaces, many plastic panels that feel thin, hollow to the touch." Cars.com had the strongest disagreement, saying, "Everything inside looks and feels cheap to the touch, mostly thanks to the plastic used." Most reviewers find the interior decently roomy, and The Auto Channel says the "Outlander's larger size makes for welcome extra space inside."
Room for five is available in the Outlander ES and LS, and a third row is available on the XLS, which brings the passenger capacity to seven. Reviewers find the front- and second-row seats comfortable. The Auto Channel says, "The manually-adjustable front seats are as comfortable as they look, and offer better than average support for the Outlander's price class."
The Outlander, according to MSN, "comfortably seats only four adults because the second seat has an uncomfortable high center area." Still, the says the second row is "plenty comfortable," and reviewer Rick Newman reports that "generous second-row knee room and legroom are possible, more than in some full-size SUVs."
The XLS trim offers an optional third-row bench seat, which can be stowed underneath the cargo area. It is uniformly disliked though, and frequently seen as a way for Mitsubishi to cram a coveted third row in a small SUV. Automobile.com has the strongest opinion, saying, "I was extremely disappointed with the design of this third row. I've got folding picnic chairs that feel sturdier." No reviewer thinks anyone taller than small children could possibly ride in the third row, and Mitsubishi specifies that the third row is only recommended for passengers shorter than five foot three inches.
Standard on all trims are air-conditioning and odor-fighting materials; cruise control; power windows/mirrors/door locks; an engine immobilizer and anti-theft alarm system; remote keyless entry and an AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability and six speakers. MSN says, "Even the ES is pretty well-equipped." There are also two 115-volt power outlets on the LS and XLS versions: one in the cockpit and another in the cargo area. Buyers of the XLS trim will also get a "FAST" remote entry system, which means the car senses your keys and opens automatically, and a Bluetooth system for hands-free cellular communications.
Stereo and Entertainment
For most reviewers, the real fun began when they drove vehicles equipped with some of Mitsubishi's more interesting options, including a 30-gigabyte hard-drive based navigation system and music server, available on all models. The system automatically converts every CD played to MP3s on its hard drive. USA TODAY says it's "not a huge deal, but a clever one that makes the high-price system more useful and thus more worth having in the first place." Automobile.com is similarly impressed, saying, "This is hands-down the best system of this type that I've used, impressive enough that its steep price point seemed almost reasonable after an hour of playtime."
An optional 650-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system with SIRIUS satellite radio is almost uniformly panned for producing ear-splitting volumes at the expense of musicality. Even Cars.com, which liked it, says, "The system sacrificed clarity for power and bass thump, but for rock, rap or any other music that sounds better the louder it gets, this will be a winning choice." The sound system only comes as part of a "Sun and Sound" package, which includes a sunroof, and which is only available on the LS and XLS versions. Families might note that a rear DVD-based entertainment system with a nine-inch monitor is also available.
The Auto Channel finds that "the Outlander's interior usefulness is further enhanced by a plethora of storage spaces, with covered storage in the top of the dash, a twin-level illuminated, locking glove box, and split-level console box the largest," and most reviewers find the cargo space ample enough. The ES version does not have the console box, however. The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander has nine cupholders, more than its passenger capacity. Reviewers don't have much comment on the actual cargo space, but the Outlander has 14.9 cubic feet behind the optional third-row seat, 39 cubic feet when the third seat is folded and 72.6 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded. The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander has the same amount of cargo capacity as its well-known competitors, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, and more than the Suburu Forester.
Autobytel says what's "most notable about the new Outlander's design is its tailgate." The tailgate can be extended, closing the gap between the bumper and cargo area, which BusinessWeek says is "great for getting those big loads in," since heavy objects can slide in. The tailgate can support up to 440 pounds.