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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.8

According to critics, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a dull, archaic cabin design and lower-quality materials than most class rivals. Some think the seats are supportive and spacious, but others find them cramped. The infotainment system is generally easy to use but can complicate some simple audio functions. The cargo capacity is good for the class, providing plenty of space for daily activities and weekend getaways.

  • "Compared to other compact crossovers in the class, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's interior is bland and outdated. We'll concede that Mitsubishi provides a solid collection of convenience items for the price, but that's about the nicest thing we've got to say." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin features a rather non-descript design, and, while durable, the materials don't feel upscale." -- Left Lane News
  • "Outlander Sport's cabin is roomy up front, but materials quality trails most vehicles in the segment." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's interior doesn't claim to be luxurious, but it is useful and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Outlander Sport seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available.

Opinions differ about the Outlander Sport's cabin. Some testers think the ride is quiet, the front seats provide decent support with plenty of head- and legroom, and the rear seats fit adults comfortably. Others say that the ride is loud, the front seats are cramped for taller drivers, and the rear seats lack adequate space.

  • "Road noise is kept to a minimum thanks to increased sound insulation, helping occupants appreciate the improved sound quality from the available premium sound system." -- Left Lane News
  • "Interior space also comes up short, with a lack of space, adjustability and seat support for taller-than-average drivers. Rear seats are similarly limiting, with a lack of head- and legroom. Compounding matters are a lack of padding for elbows, a loud highway ride and barely adequate interior storage." -- Edmunds
  • Front seats offer average support. They're comfortable enough, with good leg and head room." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The Outlander Sport's accommodating back seat is a pleasant surprise -- despite this crossover's compact dimensions, adults should have no problem getting comfortable in the second row." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Outlander Sport include a four-speaker audio system and the Fuse hands-free link system with Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen and voice recognition.

The Fuse system makes hands-free operation of some of the audio functions simple, and the touch screen is generally user-friendly. However, it does add extra steps to some simple audio operations.

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  • "Fuse packs the car's connectivity, navigation and entertainment systems into a single easy-to-use touch screen-based software that features voice command in addition to knobs and buttons." -- Left Lane News
  • "Outlander's touch-sreen controls complicate simple functions. We applaud the use of a rotary knob for radio tuning, but bemoan the multiple steps required to flip between AM and FM frequencies." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The deeply hooded tachometer and speedometer feature crisp white backlighting and numerals that are easily read at a glance. The ergonomics are generally good, including both the manual and automatic climate controls." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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 (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Outlander Sport has 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 49.5 with them folded. Both estimates are above average for the class. The available panoramic sunroof and subwoofer slightly reduce cargo capacity.

The split-folding rear seats fold almost completely flat, and the cargo area can accommodate luggage for a short vacation, grocery store trips, and sporting gear without difficulty.

  • Cargo capacity measures 21.7 cubic feet behind the rear seatbacks and 49.5 cubes with those seatbacks folded down, roughly splitting the difference between the Mazda CX-3 (12.4/44.5) and the Honda HR-V (24.3/58.8)." -- Edmunds
  • "Looking at the truncated shape of Outlander Sport from the outside you'd never guess that it has as much rear cargo space as it does-enough for a family's groceries, kids' sporting gear, or weekend getaway luggage. The floor is wide and flat, with tie-downs built into the sides. Plus, there's lots more space available when flipping the 60/40 2nd-row seats, which fold almost flat with no gaps between the seats and the load floor." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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