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in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $23,195 - $28,195
Invoice: $22,422 - $27,256
MPG: 25 City / 31 Hwy
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Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

Some test drivers remark that the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander's cabin is attractive and outfitted with materials that are soft to the touch. However, others say that the cabin is noisy, and that there are too many cheap materials, such as unconvincing fake carbon fiber trim.

  • "Up front, the dash and controls are clean and simple, but rather plain. The 'soft-touch' dash materials are just barely that. Base ES models are even drabber, with dead spots taking the place of buttons reserved for higher trims. The available fake wood trim works, but the faux carbon-fiber accents don't." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's the requisite soft-touch material on the dashboard and door panels; the magnesium shift paddles look and feel fantastic; and the color display in the instrument panel is one of the best examples we've seen in the segment." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "While wind-caused white noise is diminished on the highway, in the new Outlander, other racket seems to be amplified in its absence. Cheap tires on a rough road make the new Outlander just as raucous as the previous generation despite its carefully crafted bodylines." -- Left Lane News (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Outlander seats seven and comes with cloth upholstery. Seating options include leatherette or leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat. Test drivers say the front seats are spacious, supportive and comfortable for long hauls. Some also write that the sliding and reclining second row offers plenty of legroom. However, most reviewers comment that the third row is best reserved for children.

  • "The front seats are a little on the firm side, but offer a good amount of legroom, as do the second-row seats, which can slide fore and aft and recline for greater comfort. While some shoppers may see the third row seat as a plus, it is really only suited for occasional use by small kids." -- Edmunds
  • "All 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs have seating for seven across three rows, although the flat-folding 3rd-row seat is rather small." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The best part of the Outlander interior is the front two seats, bar none. They're comfortable, well shaped, and well bolstered." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "Mitsubishi has made it more easy to reach the third row, but it does call those two extra seats 'emergency seating.' With the second row placed forward far enough for us to sit in the third row, it was possible for us to also sit in the second row but we had to spread our knees to get around the front seat. It's fine for quick trips that average-sized adults might need to make and perfect for kids." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "The third row gains a few inches in the leg and hip room department, but it's still far from spacious. Passengers should have no issues with room up front. I spent more than 16 hours in the driver's seat during a road trip from Oregon to Southern California and never felt fatigued." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Outlander comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, 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, front and rear parking sensors, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance.

Some reviewers find it difficult to program the navigation system, though others like that the Rockford Fosgate stereo can adjust audio levels so that different songs play at the same volume. Others say the headlamp-leveling function, which allows the driver to lower the headlight beam when there is a heavy load in back, helps prevent blinding oncoming drivers.

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  • "We've long been fans of Mitsubishi's available Rockford-Fosgate premium audio. That system now has a welcome feature called Dolby Volume, which analyzes incoming music and evens out sound levels across devices. This way, you won't be blasted out of the vehicle when one recording is quiet and the next one isn't." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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)
  • "On the left side of the dash is a headlight-beam adjustment wheel that allows you to lower the beams when you have a heavy load in back so that your headlights won't blind oncoming traffic - a neat feature I made use of on my trip." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 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 also has 60/40 split-folding middle seats. Overall cargo space is low for the class, and test drivers point out that a number of compact SUVs offer more space. Some critics also mention that it is tricky to fold the second-row seats, but they say that the cargo floor is spacious and flat.

  • "With the rear seat in place, there isn't much room for cargo. However, folding all rear seats creates over 63 cubic feet of room, less than the Nissan Rogue's 70 cubic feet, but still respectable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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
  • "Although the second-row seats slide forward easily for third-row access, they're not nearly as easy to fold flat as in most compact SUVs. In order to do so, the seat cushion must be flipped forward, the headrest removed, and a lever in the seat base moved forward before the seat back will fold flat. Once it's folded, however, the cargo space is large and cubic, with a flat floor." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
Review Last Updated: 3/23/15

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