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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior Review

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


Interior: 6.4

Reviewers agree that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander’s interior is one of its main drawbacks because it looks and feels cheap. While the first- and second-row seats are comfortable, critics think the third-row seats are laughable in terms of comfort and space and aren’t even suitable for kids. Test drivers also complain about the Outlander’s navigation system graphics, which they say could be pulled from an old handheld video game. One of the lone bright spots is the Outlander’s cargo versatility, which features a tailgate/liftgate combination that test drivers like.

  • "The Outlander's fateful flaw, however, is its cabin, which is functional in a sporty sort of way yet doesn't offer the premium aspect of the competitors in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "The Outlander's principal shortcoming is the stark, hard-plastic surfaces in the ES and SE models. They could charitably be called Spartan or functional but they just look low-budget." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The dashboard creaks, the suspension booms, and the third-row seat has the rigidity of an Indian rickshaw. The interior is worse than what you'll find in a $16,000 subcompact." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "The interior is equally unusual, with attention to detail in the nice stitched-leather appointments and column-mounted (vs. wheel-mounted) shift paddles, while at the same time having acres of black plastic and a navigation screen that appears to have been lifted from some late-1980s handheld electronic game." -- AutoWeek (2012)


The 2013 Outlander seats up to seven, with all but the base trim offering third-row seating. The base model seats five. Reviewers say the first- and second-row seats are fairly comfortable and provide enough leg- and headroom. On the other hand, test drivers think the third-row seats are cramped and uncomfortable, which is a common complaint for third-row seats. Critics are also annoyed with the location of the available front-seat heater buttons, which they say are hard to reach. Test drivers note that front and rear visibility is good. Cloth seats come standard, and leather seats are optional on higher trims.

  • "SE and GT models come with a third-row seat that works in a pinch, but is too slight and ineffectual for regular use. Small, cramped and located uncomfortably close to the tailgate glass, this mini jump bench is also remarkably ill-padded." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are comfortable, but the seat-heater button is in the dumbest spot imaginable--in between the seat and the center console, behind the seatbelt." -- AutoWeek (front seats, 2012)
  • "There's good front and rear visibility from the driver's seat." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Legroom on all Outlanders is more than sufficient for most adults. The bench is set relatively high, which limits headroom." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The base 2013 Outlander’s features list includes a six-speaker audio system, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and heated outside mirrors. Higher trims come with heated front seats, the Fuse hands-free system, which allows you to control a smartphone with voice-activated commands, and satellite radio. Features such as navigation, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system and a rearview camera are only available in packages.

Reviewers aren’t impressed with the Outlander’s interior features or controls. One says that controls are easy to read and use, but the majority of critics find that the interior controls aren’t easy to read and aren’t placed within reach of the driver. Test drivers note that the optional navigation system’s graphics seem cartoonish and from an earlier decade, but praise the available Rockford Fosgate stereo system. Also, reviewers like Mitsubishi’s Fuse voice recognition system, which allows hands-free operation of the navigation system and compatible Bluetooth devices, but say it doesn’t have as many features as Ford’s Sync system.

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  • "Inside the Mitsubishi Outlander is a clean layout with clear, functional controls and plentiful storage space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Rockford Fosgate sound system sounds pretty darn good." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "The analog speedometer and tachometer are easy to read, but the small digital display in the center of the gauge cluster can wash out at times. The climate controls are mounted too low for easy access while driving. … The Fuse voice-recognition system works well, but does not have the wide range of capabilities that Ford's competing Sync system does." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Graphics and fonts on the extra-cost navigation system appear to be from an early Linux GUI." -- AutoWeek (2012)


The 2013 Outlander has 14.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 36.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 72.6 cubic feet of space with the second- and third-row seats folded down. While it can’t match the Chevrolet Traverse’s cargo space, reviewers like the tail/liftgate combo, which provides a truck-like tailgate that folds down and a liftgate that folds up. One critic says that accessing the cargo space is easy, even when the tailgate is up.

  • "Its tail/liftgate combination is surprisingly useful." -- Edmunds
  • "In fact, with the rear seat folded, the cargo well is extraordinarily large with deep, usable space." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "Access to the cargo area is easy even with the drop-down part of the tailgate raised. …" -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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