There are a few reasons why the Outlander Sport can cost so much less than its competitors, one of them being the fact that its interior comes across as, well, cheap. There are vast swathes of cheap-looking and -feeling plastic, and it's a shame that the slick exterior redesign wasn't pulled through to the interior. The dash design is truly uninspired, but it does offer a no-nonsense layout that boosts the ergonomics of the space. All 2.0-liter models receive a standard six-way manually adjustable driver's seat and four-way passenger seat with seatback pockets, along with a tilt and a telescopic steering wheel. LE models add heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. SE models get standard illuminating sun visors. The top GT makes an effort to improve the perception of quality with leather seating surfaces.
The Outlander Sport's interior design didn't impress much, and things don't get much better when you start to look at how much passenger space is on offer. Five average-sized adults will be able to fit, but the cabin doesn't feel spacious overall and rear headroom will trouble taller passengers. By comparison, the Honda HR-V has more space for legs and heads at the back. The driving position also leaves something to be desired, and visibility is compromised by large pillars and a tiny rear window.
|Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Trims||2.0 S||2.0 ES||2.0 LE||2.0 SE||Ralliart||2.4 GT|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37.9 in.||37.9 in.||37.9 in.||37.9 in.||37.9 in.||37.9 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.6 in.||41.6 in.||41.6 in.||41.6 in.||41.6 in.||41.6 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.2 in.||56.2 in.||56.2 in.||56.2 in.||56.2 in.||56.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||52.1 in.||52.1 in.||52.1 in.||52.1 in.||52.1 in.||52.1 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||51.6 in.||51.6 in.||51.6 in.||51.6 in.||51.6 in.||51.6 in.|
Dark plastics rule the interior of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport; they're absolutely everywhere, and range from cheap and hard to the touch, to more decent, soft-touch materials. All models feature a soft-touch upper instrument panel and door trims, chrome inner door handles, and a gloss-black shift panel. Each trim, besides the range-topping GT, gets fabric seats, which have a quality feel and should stand up to years of abuse. GT models get exclusive combination soft-touch seating materials, and the LE is exclusively available with black fabric seats with red stitching, but still, no leather option is available. These models also have red stitching applied to the shift knob, steering wheel, and parking brake lever. A carbon-style audio panel makes its way onto lower trims but this is replaced with a gloss black/silver accent combination higher up in the range. Despite feeling quite cheap, the interior is put together well, and new owners won't have to worry about any premature rattles.
People buy compact SUVs because they offer similar ride quality to that of a traditional four-door sedan or hatchback, if not better, and can get close to offering the same type of performance and gas mileage, but most importantly, they offer more trunk and cargo space, so to be competitive in this class, you need to make sure that you're offering as much of it as possible. The Outlander Sport, unfortunately, fails to impress in this regard. With the rear 60:40 folding bench in the upright position, it offers 21.7 cubic feet of space; the Honda HR-V offers a larger 24.4 cubes. Once the rear bench is folded flat, the Outlander Sport offers 49.5 cubic feet of total utility space, which pales in comparison to the 55.1 cubes on offer in the HR-V.
Small-item storage isn't great either: a deep center console storage box and seatback pockets are a boon, but there are no door pockets in the rear, and there's no word of an underfloor storage area in the trunk. At least there are bottle holders in the front door pockets, and in the rear-seat center armrest.
In base trim, the feature list looks sparse but fills up as you climb up the trim ladder. Inside, all models receive a standard six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, a manually tilting/telescoping steering column, a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, automatic climate control, and all but the lower two trims get heated front seats. Tech features that are standard across all trim levels include a rearview camera, cruise control, remote keyless entry, hill-start assist, an immobilizer, and an alarm system. Further up in the lineup, the Outlander Sport comes with fancier equipment like push-button ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The standard infotainment system on the base model isn't going to blow the doors off and neither is the mid-range system, but it does provide you with the bare essentials. The base model has to make do with a seven-inch infotainment display, which looks and feels small and can be challenging to read for those with bad eyesight. The base model gets a single USB port, AM/FM radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. This variant makes do with a complement of just four speakers. Things improve from the LE and up, where a larger eight-inch screen is fitted plus both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as two additional rear USB ports. SiriusXM satellite radio also makes an appearance here. If you want six speakers, you'll need to opt for either the SE or GT models.