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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was new.


Interior: 6.9

The automotive press says that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a spacious back seat and useful standard tech features. Unfortunately, they also note that the Outlander Sport’s cheap interior materials mean that the cabin lacks a premium feel. The Outlander Sport also has less cargo space than the most utilitarian SUVs in the class, but most test drivers say the cargo hold still offers a useful amount of room.

  • "The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's interior offers little in the way of visual excitement or impressive materials." -- Edmunds 
  • "At first blush, Outlander Sport's interior looks quite low-buck. The top of the dashboard is made of thin, hollow plastic, but the part that faces passengers is soft-touch. There is padding on the armrests and center console, but it's on the thin side." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The dash is well laid out and covered in soft-touch materials, the thick steering wheel and good seating position help, and the Mitsubishi multimedia system is tolerable--not the best, not the worst. My only complaint is that the center armrest doesn't extend far enough forward." -- AutoWeek (2011)
  • "The Outlander Sport's interior is simple but not plain. There are enough chrome- and metal-looking accents to keep the interior from being boring." -- Mother Proof (2011)


Despite its small size, reviewers are impressed with the 2013 Outlander Sport’s passenger space. Most say that the front seats are comfortable and supportive, though one test driver writes that there may not be enough padding and bolstering to keep you comfortable on longer trips. Auto writers also note that the Outlander Sport’s back seat has ample legroom for a compact SUV. The base Outlander Sport ES comes with cloth upholstery, while SE models get different seat fabric and optional heated front seats.

  • "Fortunately, front passengers of average size will likely find a comfortable seating position thanks to well-shaped seats, plenty of head- and legroom and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column for the driver. Taller drivers may be a bit squished." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2012) 
  • "The front seats are comfortable and bolstered just enough that they made me feel snug in them. The backseat bench isn't bolstered, and there's a surprising amount of legroom in the second row." -- Mother Proof (2011)
  • "A few tugs on the six-way, manually-adjustable driver's seat gets us comfortable quickly, although the general lack of bolstering and the cushion materials have us questioning how good we'll feel during prolonged runs." -- Autoblog (2011)

Interior Features

The base Outlander Sport ES comes standard with a four-speaker stereo with Mitsubishi’s Fuse hands-free system. Fuse integrates smartphones and MP3 players through USB or Bluetooth connections, allowing you to make audio selections or place a call from your address book using voice commands. Options and features available on higher trims include automatic climate control, push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Rockford Fosgate stereo system, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors and a navigation system with a backup camera and a 40GB hard drive.

Most test drivers agree that the Outlander Sport’s straightforward controls are easy to use. One reviewer notes that pairing her cell phone with the Bluetooth system was easy, though another says that the optional navigation system makes some adjustments more complicated.

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  • "The controls are within easy reach and simple to use, while Mitsubishi's well-executed Fuse voice activation system makes some audio and navigation functions a hands-free affair." -- Edmunds
  • "The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions, complicating their use. Most operations are performed with tedious physical or virtual pushbuttons." -- Consumer Guide (2012) 
  • "The Outlander Sport's Bluetooth hands-free phone system was a piece of cake to use. The instrument cluster had a more modern readout than the stereo, and I loved that it said, ‘See You’ whenever I turned the car off." -- Mother Proof (2011)


The Outlander Sport has 49.5 cubic feet of cargo space with its second row folded and 21.7 cubic feet with the back seat in use. Models equipped with a subwoofer or panoramic moonroof have slightly less space. The Outlander Sport has less cargo room than rivals like the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox, but some reviewers maintain that the Outlander Sport’s cargo hold still offers a useful amount of space.

  • "The Sport's limited cargo capacity -- which stands at 49.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down -- is well short of compact crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and is even less than the like-sized Nissan Juke." -- Edmunds 
  • "The rear seat backs fold down, and SE models include a center pass through. Cargo space with the seat backs raised is good, with plenty of space for a few suitcases." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The seatback is a tad on the vertical side, but there's plenty of cargo room behind as a consolation prize." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)

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