2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

Interior


#15 out of 15 in Compact SUVs

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 5.8

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander’s cabin gets mixed reviews. Some critics note a good use of soft-touch materials, while others find it dated and full of cheap-feeling plastics. The infotainment system is intuitive, though dated, and total cargo room is slightly below average for the class.

  • "Build quality is still a bit disappointing as well." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is dated, plasticky, and crude." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Soft-touch materials are abundant in the cabin, complemented by crisp gauges (especially in the SEL and GT). Remarkably, even the base ES gets standard automatic climate control, although the barely pricier SE has enough desirable extras to make it a no-brainer upgrade." -- Autotrader (2017)

Seating

The 2019 Outlander seats seven people across three rows on standard cloth upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel (heated in the top trim) are available.

Critics are divided regarding the plushness and comfort of the front seats. It's rare for a compact SUV to offer third-row seating, but the Outlander's third row is cramped for nearly everyone. Notably, the Outlander PHEV only has five seats in two rows.

For installing 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. 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.

  • "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
  • "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, even top-level models. … 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 the third-row seat isn't intended for adults. According to the owner's manual, people sitting back there must be 5-foot 3-inches tall or less. Even if you do fit, it's uncomfortable and cramped." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Seat comfort is acceptable for everyone, except for any kids stuck in the cramped third row. That's not strictly 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 its generous legroom. Overall, this cabin is well-thought-out and nicely executed." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

A 7-inch touch screen comes as standard equipment in this Mitsubishi, along with HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Several active safety features are available, including forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane change assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Interior upgrades include a rear-seat entertainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a smartphone link display infotainment system, a premium stereo with nine speakers, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and a sunroof.

There are plenty of physical controls, and the touch screen is user-friendly, though a few critics find the system to be low-tech compared to rivals.

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  • "Mitsubishi in-car tech isn't our favorite, especially when it comes to the usability of its Rockford Fosgate systems. They simply seem dated and tacked on." -- Edmunds
  • 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
  • "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)

Cargo

The Outlander has 10.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row and 34.2 cubic feet with the third row folded. Those are decent figures for the class. However, the total of 63.3 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded is subpar for the class.

  • "Despite its large-for-the-class size, several rivals better it in terms of cargo capacity and interior volume." -- Edmunds
  • Fold down both rows of seats and there’s more than 63 cubic feet of available cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The 34.2 cu ft. is fine by class standards, but that last number is a bit below average. Check it out at the dealership to see if this is adequate. There's some underfloor storage as well." -- Autotrader (2017)
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