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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.6

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is pretty spacious inside, with roomier seats and a larger cargo area than many in its class. It also comes with a hearty list of standard features for its price. Available trims in faux carbon fiber, piano black, and aluminum alloy can create a surprisingly snazzy interior, but overall the fit and finish inside still feels inferior.

  • If Mitsubishi's 2017 Outlander Sport SUV lags behind its competition in one area, it would have to be age. While the Outlander Sport did undergo a few facelifts along the way, its guts have remained the same since 2011. The design must be a good one, because the Outlander Sport continues to be Mitsubishi's best-selling model. We get it. The Outlander Sport offers a very comfortable cabin neatly detailed and filled with comfort and convenience features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Compared to other compact crossovers in the class, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's interior is bland and outdated.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 (2016)
  • The cabin features a rather non-descript design, but it feels more upscale than before thanks to an extra dose of soft-touch materials." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Outlander Sport offers seating for five on cloth upholstery and comes with a second-row seat that folds with a 60/40 split. It also comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. It offers the usual amount of LATCH car-seat connectors (two sets of lower anchors and three sets of tether anchors). Clipping in car seats takes minimal effort, but you'll have to double-check to make sure you are using the correct mounts for the upper anchors. Available seating upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

The seats are about what you'd expect from an SUV at this price, say test drivers, who note that while the cushions aren't overly plush, they are passable for a day on the road. Passenger space is also pretty good for a subcompact SUV, and the Outlander Sport has more back-seat room than many of its rivals. The exception to this is headroom, however, so taller travelers may have a harder time squeezing into the front and back.

  • The comfortable front seats are supportive over a long drive, while the rear seats are definitely for smaller adults; 6-footers will feel cramped." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • Front seats offer average support. They're comfortable enough, with good leg and head room. … It's 2nd-row accommodations that are tight in the Sport—considerably more so than in the bigger 3-row Outlander. Seats are fairly upright and not as padded as those in front. Leg room is limited—the lanky will no doubt feel constrained—and door openings are narrow at the bottom, so it isn't easy to swing feet out when exiting." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Outlander Sport comes standard with automatic climate control (a new addition to the list), along with Bluetooth, a USB port, and heated mirrors. Available features include a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, push-button start, a proximity key, and a panoramic glass roof.

Reviews are mixed on the usability of the infotainment system, with some saying it's straightforward and others calling it confusing. The Outlander Sport comes with a decent amount of equipment for its price (outclassing the Jeep Renegade), but you'll get more standard features with the Honda HR-V. Both the Renegade and HR-V have available active safety features like LaneWatch (in the Honda) and forward collision warning (in the Jeep): Neither is available in the Outlander Sport.

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  • "Materials quality throughout the cabin is below the standard set by newer rivals, with an abundance of cheap-feeling plastic surfaces." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "… well-equipped Outlander Sports come with a 6.1-inch dash-mounted touch screen that runs the entertainment system but Mitsubishi's Fuse infotainment system is available at (sic) an option. 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 (2016)
  • Inside, the confounding navigation and audio controls and disappointing cabin materials are offset by a surprisingly spacious front seat area and excellent outward visibility." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Cargo

The 2017 Outlander Sport has a 21.7-cubic-foot cargo area. The back seat has a 60/40 split and folds mostly flat, expanding storage space to 49.5 cubic feet. That's more than most subcompact SUVs. There are no options for a power or hands-free liftgate.

  • 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 (2016)
  • "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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