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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

#16 out of 16 in Compact SUVs

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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior Review


Interior: 5.8

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander’s outdated interior design keeps it from feeling on par with rival cabins. Some reviewers are impressed with the use of soft-touch materials throughout the interior, while others think there are too many hard plastics, making the Outlander feel cheap.

The first two rows of seats are spacious, but they could use more support. The third-row seats (in nonhybrid Outlanders) are tiny. This Mitsubishi comes with some nice standard features, but the infotainment system doesn't work as seamlessly as rival systems. Cargo space is decent for the compact SUV class.

  • "Although the cabin is quiet and well built, its aging design and slim-to-none options place it behind most rivals." -- Car and Driver
  • "Build quality is still a bit disappointing as well." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The interior is dated, plasticky, and crude." -- Consumer Reports (2019)


The nonhybrid Outlander seats seven people across three rows. Cloth upholstery and heated front seats come standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The first two rows of seats aren't exactly uncomfortable, but they're firm, and some critics wish they provided more support. On the bright side, there's ample head- and legroom, and the sliding and reclining second-row seats are a nice bonus. Unlike most class rivals, the Outlander comes with a third row of seats, though it's pretty cramped. Outlander PHEV models do not have a third row because of the battery pack.

For securing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors for the Outlander’s second-row outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the second-row middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to locate, but they can be confused for other hardware. Lower anchors are set deep in the seats. There are no LATCH connectors for the third-row seats.

  • "Seat comfort is acceptable for everyone, except for any kids stuck in the cramped third row. That's not really a complaint. A lot of parents will be grateful just to have those two extra places if needed. The second row deserves special mention for its sliding/reclining seats and generous legroom." -- Autotrader
  • "The front seats are far from plush and only OK in terms of comfort. The door and center armrests are nearly unpadded. The rear seats are also not overly comfy, and the middle seat is hard. The third row is situated low, which puts your knees up into your chest." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Cushions are firm and flat with little contouring, and a short bottom cushion robs thigh support. There is also little lower-back support -- adjustable lumbar support isn't available on any Outlander. … The second-row seat has plenty of leg, foot, and head room, even behind a six-foot-tall driver. Thigh support is good and the backrest reclines. Three adults fit side-by-side for short trips. Sliding the seat back provides maximum leg room; pulling it forward shares some space for people sitting in the third-row seat. But that … third-row seat isn't intended for adults." -- Consumer Reports (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Outlander include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, six speakers, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Available features include a sunroof, push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, an additional USB port, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Outlander's infotainment system gets some things right: A touch screen comes standard, there are physical controls for some functions, and the screen and buttons are easy to reach from the driver's seat. However, many rival systems are more modern, capable, and user-friendly.

Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane change assist, and front and rear parking sensors.

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  • "Don't be fooled by the Outlander's standard touchscreen and optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability – Mitsubishi's infotainment system is the opposite of attractive or intuitive. It also forgoes several features that are available on most competitors. While the Outlander has up to three USB ports and three 12-volt outlets, most rivals have more power points. However, the GT plug-in hybrid has an exclusive 1500-watt AC power supply with two outlets that can power an LED TV or other power-hungry devices." -- Car and Driver
  • "Like the Outlander in general, the … touch-screen audio system found on higher trims looks OK at a quick glance, but digging into the details reveals that it isn't particularly competitive. While it has knobs for both volume and tuning -- a welcome convenience -- they're small. Large buttons for mode and track selections are countered by small on-screen fonts for radio stations. Scrolling through lists of selections, like songs or artists, takes a very long time." -- Consumer Reports (2019)
  • "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 (2017)


The Outlander has 10.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 34.2 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 63.3 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those are respectable totals for a compact SUV. The five-seat Outlander PHEV provides 30.4 cubes behind the rear seats and 66.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

Note that in models with a sunroof, cargo capacity drops by a couple of cubic feet. A power liftgate is available.

  • "Apart from the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Outlander is the only compact crossover with an available third row. While this limits its capacity with all the seats up, with the second and third rows folded, the Mitsubishi held more carry-ons in our test than any other rival." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite its large-for-the-class size, several rivals better it in terms of cargo capacity and interior volume." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Fold down both rows of seats and there’s more than 63 cubic feet of available cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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