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Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

Automotive journalists are impressed with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander's interior updates, which include quality materials and sound-deadening materials that create a pleasant, quiet environment. Although test drivers say the Outlander's front seats are fairly enjoyable, they agree that the second-row seats could use more padding, and the third row is cramped for adults. Reviewers like the Outlander's long list of available safety features. The Outlander has a good amount of overall cargo space for the class.

  • "Interior refreshments, while not major, are still significant and include many touches that are a move in the right direction." -- Left Lane News
  • "The interior is much quieter than before, and uses higher-quality materials, including an attractive accent on the dashboard that resembles tiny pieces of black bamboo. New stitching, nicer materials and an updated steering wheel and navigation system give the interior a fresh, modern feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Driving the outgoing 2015 again also helped us appreciate the changes the company made to the interior, which gets dressed up with a new steering wheel, contrasting stitching, and modern-looking trim panels that replace the previous, horrendous fake wood." -- Car and Driver
  • "Outlander's cabin refinement trails the best in the class, but the interior still presents reasonably well, thanks to its leather upholstery and attractive wood accents." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seats seven and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat are available. Test drivers say the Outlander's sound-deadening materials do a great job of eliminating wind and road noise. The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of few compact SUVs that seats seven, but reviewers agree that the third row is best reserved for kids. Auto writers say the front seats offer decent comfort, and the second-row seats could use more padding. Reviewers add that the second- and third-row seats are much easier to fold flat than on previous models, which required headrests to be removed and cushions to be adjusted.

  • "The Outlander is one of the few crossovers of this compact size to still offer a third row of seats, although once we clamber back there we are reminded that these seats are intended only for pre-growth-spurt kids." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Mitsubishi has also made 31 enhancements to limit noise, vibration and harshness. The windshield is now acoustic glass, and the rear-door glass is thicker. All four doors get damping sheets, and additional sponges are found in the door jambs. The floor adds insulation, sound deadener has been added throughout the vehicle, and fender insulators now limit road noise." -- AutoTrader
  • "Front seats are supportive and comfortable, and leg and head room are good. Second-row seats have decent adult leg room and a nearly flat floor opens up the possibility of three-abreast seating. Seat comfort isn't so great, though-they don't feel as well padded as the front seats do. (Middle-row seats do have reclining backs, however.) Entry and exit are unencumbered. Third-row seats are low and limited on leg room, and access to them is a little challenging. This area is best left to kids, who will fit better." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Outlander comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, a USB port and Mitsubishi's voice-activated Fuse Hands-free Link system. Options include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, a rearview camera, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate stereo system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance.

Automotive journalists are impressed that the Outlander can be equipped with high-tech safety features that are normally only offered by luxury brands. A few add that the accident avoidance features work well. While some reviewers say the Outlander's climate and audio controls are easy to reach and use, others think the navigation system is complicated.

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  • "When you hear about vehicles that are available with features like lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation, they are usually luxury brands. However, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander breaks that mold, with systems that work seamlessly to keep you safe." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Audio and navigation are displayed on the same screen in the center of the dash. Audio control buttons run up the left side of the screen; nav controls are to the right. It was easy to select and set radio presets. Climate controls rest below the screen within easy reach, though controls rely on a series of buttons." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Try to enter an address into the navigation, however, and the system becomes nightmarish, as finding the screen for address input is nonexistent. The only way to enter an address is by hitting a small, checkered flag button on the right side of the head unit. If you don't get frantic and just start punching buttons, or dig through your hefty owners manual, you might never find it - or your final destination." -- Left Lane News (2014)


The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 34.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 63.3 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. The Outlander's overall cargo space is above average for the class, but rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V offer more. Reviewers appreciate how easy it is to fold the Outlander’s seats to expand the cargo area. A power liftgate is optional.

  • "The flip-forward second row seating is now easily operated through the pulling of a tab which causes the seat bottom to flip forward, followed by a flipping down of the head rests and finally the folding forward of the seatbacks. It's an improvement over the previous version, which had an extra step or two to accomplish the same function." -- Left Lane News
  • "What the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has to offer is a capable SUV with a generous cargo area. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With the third row folded, the Outlander has 34.2 cu ft. of cargo space, and that expands to 63.3 cu ft. with all rows folded, both of which are competitive numbers." -- AutoTrader
  • "When it comes to hauling stuff, you'll find 10.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row of seats, 34.2 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and 63.3 cubic feet with both rows folded down. These numbers fall short of the cargo space in most other compact crossovers, including the CR-V, RAV4 and Escape." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "With just the third-row seat down, there's easily enough room for several pieces of luggage or a week's groceries for an average-sized family." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
Review Last Updated: 7/6/15

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