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in Affordable Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $22,995 - $27,795
Invoice: $22,024 - $26,621
MPG: 25 City / 31 Hwy
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Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander's interior is liked by some reviewers, who write that materials and build quality are fairly good and much better than last year's model. On the contrary, other critics say that lower trims have a somewhat drab appearance and most materials feel cheap and hard. One critic mentions that the fake carbon fiber trim looks out of place, and another notes an odd odor inside the Outlander’s cabin.

  • "Although the interior also got a redo, the new, soft(er)-touch materials; the clear and concise analog white-on-black instruments; and the faux wood trim couldn't distract us from the presence of a curious odor akin to that of a newly unpackaged vinyl shower curtain. The aroma did fade slightly over time but was exacerbated when we parked our GT in the sun-prospective shoppers might want to put their specific Outlander to the sniff test." -- Car and Driver
  • "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
  • "Perhaps the most noticeable shortcoming of the previous-generation Outlander was its cheap-feeling interior. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander rectifies that with an overhauled cabin that's more attractive and done up in much nicer materials." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The seven-seat Outlander can be equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat. Some reviewers say the front seats are supportive and comfortable, yet others think they're a bit too firm. They write that the front- and middle-row seats offer ample legroom, but the third row will only be comfortable for smaller individuals. Still, one 5-foot-9-inch test driver fit in the third row, though without much leg- or headroom.

  • "While the third-row seat is really intended for teens or younger kids, a 5'9 adult (such as myself) will fit, though they'll ride knees up, their hair may brush the headliner, and egress will be challenging." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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. Some buyers may view the standard third-row seat as a plus, but this seat is really only suited for occasional use by small kids." -- Edmunds
  • "Billed as a true seven-seater, we found the third-row seats-Mitsu says they have gained a few inches of legroom for 2014-still a hard sell, the children of one office staffer going so far to dub them the 'clown seats.' The Outlander's true competitors are all, unapologetically, five-seaters, including the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4." -- Car and Driver
  • "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

Interior Features

The Outlander comes standard with a six-speaker stereo and automatic climate control. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, a backup camera, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, Bluetooth and Mitsubishi's Fuse hands-free Link System with a USB port. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance systems are also available.

One reviewer writes that it can be difficult to program the navigation system, while others praise the Rockford Fosgate stereo system, which can adjust audio levels so that different songs play at the same volume level. Another reviewer likes the headlamp-leveling function, which allows the driver to lower the headlight beam when there is a heavy load in back to prevent blinding oncoming drivers.

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  • "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
  • "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
  • "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

Cargo

The Outlander has 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which expands to 34.2 cubic feet and 63.3 cubic feet behind the second and first rows, respectively. The Outlander's overall cargo space is low for the class, and some reviewers say that it even falls short compared to the cargo space of compact SUVs like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. Additionally, one critic says the second-row seats don't fold flat as easily as rivals' seats do.

  • "Though not as cavernous as the past Outlander's cargo hold, space is still adequate in the more streamlined 2014 version. Folding all rear seats creates over 63 cubic feet of room." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "When it comes to hauling stuff, you'll find 34.2 cubic feet of cargo room 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 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
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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