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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

Overall, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander’s interior pleases. It has high-quality materials, is quieter than previous models, and provides adequate cargo space. The mirrors and sightlines allow for good visibility and clear views while driving.

Thanks to increased insulation throughout the SUV, harsh road and wind noise is noticeably hushed compared with previous models, giving way to a more enjoyable drive.

The interior has a refined and attractive design with soft-touch materials throughout. The dashboard design is simple and subtle, and Mitsubishi adds several features to both its standard and available lists for 2017. The standard infotainment system gets an upgrade to the previously only optional 6.1-inch touch screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available.

  • “The interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of its more likable features. The dashboard design is attractive but subtle, and it's covered with a refined soft-touch material that's matched by supple trim on the door panels." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "The result of all this work is a much more pleasant environment that is competitive in the compact SUV class. The materials feel substantial, noise levels are noticeably lower, and the signs of cost-cutting found in the 2014-2015 models are kept to a minimum." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Outlander sits seven in three rows. It's one of the only SUVs in its class to offer a third row, though it only provides enough room for small children. The Outlander comes standard with cloth seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Optional features include heated front seats, leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel.

Although the third row is extremely tight, the front two rows are comfortable, with sufficient head- and legroom. Headroom decreases when you opt for the available sunroof. The seats are well-padded, though the second-row bottom cushion is short and doesn’t offer much lateral support. The second row has 60/40-split-folding seats that slide and recline, but some critics note that the three-step process required to fold them can be cumbersome. The third row folds flat, but it’s also a bit of a labored process.

The Outlander's LATCH system has three tether anchors near the top of the second row’s seatbacks, but they are difficult to connect. However, the two sets of lower anchors in the middle row’s outboard seats are easy to access and connect. There are no tethers or anchors in the third row.

  • "The Outlander's third-row capability also disappoints some. Yes, you can fit up to seven passengers, but that third-row seat is one of the most cramped in the crossover class. It's definitely a kids-only seat." -- Edmunds
  • "The third-row seat folds flat in a 50/50 split by taking out the headrests and pulling a pair of levers, but the second row is rather complicated to fold. It's a 3-step process to fold each side of the 60/40-split seat, involving a strap for each step. The good news is that the headrests don't have to come out, which is an improvement over last year." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • “The best part of the Outlander interior is the front two seats, bar none. They're comfortable, well-shaped, and well bolstered." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Interior Features

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander has a long list of features. However, many of them are only available in upper trims. Standard features include a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and remote keyless entry.

Available interior features include a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multiple USB ports, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, satellite radio, push-button start, a 360-degree camera system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a nine-speaker sound system, a sunroof, automatic high beams, a remote power liftgate, and Smartphone Link.

Although it comes with its fair share of technology, the infotainment system can be finicky and not very user-friendly.

See 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander specs »

  • "Infotainment features are class-competitive, highlighted by standard voice controls and a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface that's standard this year (previously optional). There is also an available 7-inch display that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto this year. The smartphone integration is a welcome addition, but overall neither infotainment interface is very user-friendly." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

With 10.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 34.2 behind the second row, and 63.3 behind the first row, the 2017 Outlander has cargo space on par with other compact SUVS. If cargo room is a top priority, however, the Nissan Rogue (with 70 cubic feet of space) and the Honda CR-V (with 70.9) are better choices.

  • “Certainly, cargo- and passenger-carrying capacity are very big reasons why vehicles like the Outlander are purchased. For the most part, this 7-seat Mitsubishi delivers on those accounts." -- Consumer Guide (2016)
  • “In the hauling department, the Outlander serves up 10.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row of seats (enough for a load of groceries), 34.2 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and 63.3 cubic feet with both rows folded down. For 2016, folding the second-row seat has been simplified so that the headrests don't need to be removed, a welcome improvement." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • “With the rear seat in place, there isn't much room for cargo. However, folding all rear seats creates over 63 cubic feet of room, less than the Nissan Rogue's 70 cubic feet, but still respectable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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