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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.7

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a dull and aging interior style. On the plus side, most surfaces are covered in soft-touch materials (though they're not as high-end as those in some rivals), and the cabin has a solid build quality. The front seats are mostly comfortable, although the driver may find it hard to get into a good driving position. The rear seats can be a tight fit for taller passengers, though cargo space is better than average for the class. The Outlander Sport's infotainment system is user-friendly.

  • "The Outlander Sport is built well. While the design is dated, all the trim pieces fit together as a cohesive unit. There were no rattles and noises from our test vehicle. The quality of the materials is subpar, however." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

There is seating for five in the 2017 Outlander Sport on standard cloth upholstery. Available upgrades include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. Cabin comfort is not great. The front seats are adequately cushioned and have decent room, but it can be difficult to find a comfortable driving position, even with the optional power adjustments. The rear seats are also cramped for tall adults.

Each of the outboard rear seats has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the middle rear seat only has an upper tether anchor.

  • "The Outlander Sport puts you in an upright driving position that's not unlike your mother telling you to sit up at the dinner table. Even with eight-way power seats and an adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the range of adjustability is limited." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 Outlander Sport comes standard with automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. Optional features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, satellite radio, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

For the 2018 model year, the 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system is now standard in all models. It's easy to use, with a mix of digital and physical buttons. Higher trims also feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, so you can use some of your phone's apps on the touch screen. The physical controls on the center stack are intuitively arranged.

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  • "All controls are easy to access and clearly marked. The metal column-mounted paddle shifters are a nice touch – most cars just have plastic. Gauges are clear and readable." -- Edmunds
  • "The hooded rev counter and speedometer feature crisp white backlighting and numerals that are easily read at a glance. The ergonomics are generally good, including those of both the manual and automatic climate controls." -- Autotrader (2017)

Cargo

The Outlander Sport has more cargo space than most competitors, with 21.7 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and 49.5 cubic feet with the seats folded. The cargo area is flat when the standard 60/40-split-folding rear seats are down, and a low liftover height means you won't have to lift heavy objects high above the ground.

  • "The 60/40-split bench can be folded without removing the headrests or sliding seats forward, but the release button is difficult to access from the hatch. Once folded, the area is flat and expansive, and the tall roofline and short carry-over distance make loading easy." -- 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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