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in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,032 - $18,991
Original MSRP: $22,345 - $27,895
MPG: 23 City / 28 Hwy
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

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The Mitsubishi Outlander boasts a cabin with easy-to-use controls and a roomy cargo hold. However, it sports some cheap-feeling materials that are a major drawback. While some reviewers think the Outlander’s interior looks simple and masculine, others think it looks downright plain.

  • "And while some might warm to the crossover's stark, masculine cabin design, others might find it plain relative to the more visually interesting approach taken by some rivals.” -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin has almost no padded surfaces and many plastic panels that feel thin and hollow to the touch. They also look cheap. One test Outlander suffered from a number of interior creaks and groans. GT's interior has padded leather on the doors and dashboard, imparting a higher-quality feel.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "For a car that's getting close to 30 grand, the quality of the material used is simply shocking. For a $15,000 Honda Fit, yes, it would be fine. For this Outlander, are you kidding me? In short, the gray and silver plastic feels very cheap and looks even worse with its poor texturing." -- Left Lane News

Seating

The Outlander's front- and second-row seats are comfortable enough, but reviewers say the third row, which is standard on all models but the base ES, is uncomfortable even for children.

  • "Plentiful (front-seat) headroom and legroom. The seats are generally comfortable, though some occupants may want more thigh support.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Perhaps the most noticeable flaw to the Outlander is its puny third-row seat. This feature adds little by way of real functionality; the area is cramped even for small children and the seat itself is distressingly flimsy and lightweight.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Outlander is equipped adequately for a vehicle in its price range. Standard on all trims are air conditioning, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power windows/side mirrors/door locks and an AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary audio input jack. Be aware, however, that few options are available on the base SE model.

Upgrade to the SE and get a six-disc CD player plus keyless entry and push-button start. The GT model adds some leather accents to the dash and door. Mitsubishi’s Fuse voice-control system is available on all trims, and reviewers say it works well, though it’s not as comprehensive as the similar Ford Sync system. Testers say its navigation system can be hard to use. See the full list of 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander specs.

  • "The analog speedometer and tachometer are easy to read, but the small digital display in the center of the gauge cluster can wash out at times. The climate controls are mounted too low for easy access while driving. The navigation system has a touchscreen, but it absorbs too many audio functions and is complicated to use.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “The Outlander's Fuse system allows you to make phone calls and access your iPod via voice commands, and it is relatively intuitive to use.” -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Outlander's cargo space is about average when compared with other midsize SUVs. On Outlander models featuring the optional third row, there’s 14.9 cubic feet available with all seats in use and 39.5 cubic feet of available space behind the second row. However, on two-row models, there is only 36.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row. The Outlander has 72.6 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded.

The Outlander stands out for its sturdy flap-folding tailgate. The bottom section opens down, making it easier to load cargo and giving owners a place to sit, while the main section opens up, like a traditional tailgate.

  • "Space is surprisingly good behind the 3rd-row seat. The 2nd-row folds easily in a 60/40 split, creating a flat load floor. The 3rd-row seat is difficult and tedious to deploy and stow.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the plus side, the Outlander offers a unique flip-down tailgate capable of supporting up to 440 pounds. With the second- and third-row seats folded, total cargo space measures nearly 73 cubic feet, which is very roomy for a small crossover SUV.” -- Edmunds

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