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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was new.


Interior: 7.1

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s interior isn’t luxurious, but reviewers say this compact SUV is priced fairly for what you get. The base model has spacious seating for five and a solid list of standard features for the class. One downside is that the Outlander Sport’s cargo area isn’t as large as its competitors’, but the Outlander Sport’s cargo capacity should still be enough to carry several suitcases.  

  • "While still rather conservative in design, which Mitsubishi attributes to an emphasis on the driver and simple, easy-to-use controls, the Outlander Sport's interior is surprisingly spacious and replete with quality materials and comfortable seats." -- Motor Trend
  • "The seats are comfortable, visibility is fine and the instruments are arranged logically. But the seat trim on this Japan-market car looks decidedly Wal-Mart. And the doors close with a hollow, econo-car clang." -- Edmunds


One of the main differences between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Outlander Sport is that the Outlander has seven seats, while the Outlander Sport only has five. Despite its smaller size, the Outlander Sport gets a lot of positive reviews for driver and rear passenger comfort. Test drivers applaud the front and rear seats, which have plenty of leg space for tall adults. They caution, however, that the optional panoramic glass roof decreases headroom, which is common for many vehicles with this feature. 

While reviewers appreciate the Outlander Sport’s spacious seats, they complain about a few things. Several mention that the seats are hard, one says rear visibility is poor and another dislikes the black upholstery because it shows dirt easily.

  • "The rear seat is surprisingly spacious for a compact SUV. There is plenty of knee room, foot space, and headroom for a 6-footer's frame. As in front, the glass roof takes up some headroom. The center seating position is not ideal for tall riders, though." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats were also hard and uncomfortable, but the rest of the interior was composed well." -- AutoWeek  
  • "The five-passenger crossover only comes with fabric upholstery, which is usually tough for parents to maintain. Add to the fact that it's black and you know that every piece of lint, Goldfish cracker and other miscellaneous goo will be easy for the whole world to see. Fortunately, there was a cool-looking square pattern on the fabric to help camouflage the kid debris." -- Cars.com 
  • "What's not frustrating is the level of supportive comfort provided by the front seats. Headroom is also a non-issue and visibility is great regardless of where you're looking." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Materials in the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are a step up from the plastics used in Mitsubishi’s other models. Test drivers also find the Outlander Sport’s controls to be pretty straightforward and easy to use without the navigation system. Adding navigation makes it harder to use the audio system because the stereo buttons are integrated into the navigation system.

Despite the interior’s faults, the automotive press thinks the Outlander Sport’s affordable price and good list of standard features make it a great value. The base Outlander Sport comes with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, power windows and doors, auxiliary and USB input jacks and Mitsubishi’s FUSE Bluetooth system. A Rockford Fosgate stereo and a navigation system with a rearview camera are optional.

  • "Instruments are large and easy to read. The screen positioned between the speedometer and tachometer offers a wealth of useful information. The climate controls are mounted low on the dash, made of cheap plastic, and lack a precision feel. They are simple to decipher at a glance, however. The audio system's controls are easy to use on base models. … The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions, complicating their use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "… this a nicely equipped ute for the money, with AWD, navigation, backup camera, heated seats, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and that giant sunroof. There's a lot of equipment here to love, but somehow it feels like window dressing on a vehicle where I'd be a lot happier if Mitsubishi targeted transmission response and engine output before getting carried away with extras." -- AutoWeek
  • "Cabin plastics are vastly better-looking than the Lancer's (they couldn't have gotten much worse without the company being required to plaster a Dodge badge on the car), but anyone expecting a classy Mini-like premium look and feel will be disappointed." -- Edmunds


The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is small for a compact SUV, which means that larger competitors easily dwarf its cargo capacities. The Outlander Sport offers up to 49.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row of seats folded, and up to 21.7 cubic feet with passengers in the rear seats. The space available behind the front and rear seats will decrease slightly if you get the optional panoramic glass roof or subwoofer. Reviewers think these cargo capacities should suit most shoppers. But the Outlander Sport still has less cargo space than competitors like the Kia Sportage and the Jeep Patriot.

  • "Cargo space with the seat backs raised is good, with plenty of space for a few suitcases." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Less impressive is the Sport's limited cargo capacity -- maximum cargo capacity is just 49.5 cubic feet." -- Edmunds

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