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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior Review

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


Interior: 7.3

It's hard to stand out from the pack in a crowded class like compact SUVs, but the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander manages to garner attention by offering a third row of seats – admittedly scaled to children – something few class rivals can match. The refreshed interior aims to impress by delivering a quiet ride and using upgraded materials, and the driver assistance features provide a nice security blanket for you and your family.

  • "Interior refreshments, while not major, are still significant and include many touches that are a move in the right direction." – Left Lane News
  • "The interior is much quieter than before, and uses higher-quality materials, including an attractive accent on the dashboard that resembles tiny pieces of black bamboo. New stitching, nicer materials and an updated steering wheel and navigation system give the interior a fresh, modern feel." – Kelley Blue Book
  • "Driving the outgoing 2015 again also helped us appreciate the changes the company made to the interior, which gets dressed up with a new steering wheel, contrasting stitching, and modern-looking trim panels that replace the previous, horrendous fake wood." – Car and Driver

Seating and Cargo

The 2016 Outlander makes a solid carpool or family vehicle thanks to a quiet interior and its third-row seat, which is a rarity in this class and allows the Outlander to seat seven people. It should be noted that the third row is a pretty tight squeeze, however, and it's probably only suitable for children.

While the third-row seats are hard to get to and even harder (for adults) to sit in, the second row offers adequate room for adults. Reclining seat backs further improve second-row comfort. The front seats are supportive, and the optional heated front seats will keep you warm on cold mornings. An available power-adjustable driver's seat makes it easy for you to find a comfortable driving position.

With a maximum of 63.3 cubic feet of space, the Outlander offers enough cargo capacity to handle a half-dozen suitcases and more, but it still has less total cargo space than some class rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Outlander has an optional power liftgate, making it easy to access the cargo area even if your hands are full. The second and third rows of seats flip down easily, allowing you to quickly reconfigure the cargo area to fit sports gear, luggage, or anything else you might be transporting.

  • "The Outlander is one of the few crossovers of this compact size to still offer a third row of seats, although once we clamber back there we are reminded that these seats are intended only for pre-growth-spurt kids." – Automobile Magazine
  • "The flip-forward second row seating is now easily operated through the pulling of a tab which causes the seat bottom to flip forward, followed by a flipping down of the head rests and finally the folding forward of the seatbacks. It's an improvement over the previous version, which had an extra step or two to accomplish the same function." – Left Lane News
  • "Front seats are supportive and comfortable, and leg and head room are good. Second-row seats have decent adult leg room and a nearly flat floor opens up the possibility of three-abreast seating. Seat comfort isn't so great, though-they don't feel as well padded as the front seats do. (Middle-row seats do have reclining backs, however.) Entry and exit are unencumbered. Third-row seats are low and limited on leg room, and access to them is a little challenging. This area is best left to kids, who will fit better." – Consumer Guide (2015)

Interior Tech

Despite its below-average starting price, the Outlander doesn’t cut corners on the infotainment system, which comes standard with voice activation. Moreover, the system is laid out well. You can easily reach the touch screen as well as the audio controls, meaning you can do this while talking to children in the back seat at the same time. You'll notice that the climate controls are similarly reachable, located just below the screen. Navigation is available, but it will cost you a good amount, as the only way to add it is to pony up for a large options package.

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  • "Infotainment features are class-competitive, highlighted by standard voice controls and a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface that's standard on all but the base ES trim. The optional navigation system comes bundled with a slightly larger screen that gets a revised control layout for 2016, but it's only available as part of a larger options package, hurting the Outlander's value proposition." -- Edmunds
  • "Audio and navigation are displayed on the same screen in the center of the dash. Audio control buttons run up the left side of the screen; nav controls are to the right. It was easy to select and set radio presets. Climate controls rest below the screen within easy reach, though controls rely on a series of buttons." – Consumer Guide (2015)

Safety Tech

The 2016 Outlander is available with a number of driver assistance features that help it perform well in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests. Lane departure warning comes in handy should you start to drift while changing the radio station, and forward collision avoidance can help prevent a crash if a child's toy or other obstacle crosses your path.

At times, parking lots can be just as problematic as crowded interstates. The Outlander has you covered there too. An available rearview camera allows you to see what's behind the car without straining your neck whenever you have to put it in reverse. And for those that frequent crowded city streets, front and rear parking sensors help take the guesswork out of parallel parking by alerting you before you bump another vehicle.

  • "When you hear about vehicles that are available with features like lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation, they are usually luxury brands. However, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander breaks that mold, with systems that work seamlessly to keep you safe." – Kelley Blue Book

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