There are many shared components between the Nissan Rogue and the Outlander, but there's enough difference to give each vehicle its unique feel. This is badge engineering done right.
The old Outlander's interior was a mess. You could tell it was an old interior that kept on receiving new gadgets as they came along. There was no overall theme, but rather just a smattering of features wherever they found an open space.
Mitsubishi's new interior is not just a single step forward; it's a giant Hulk-sized leap in the right direction. It now has an attractive minimalist theme, but that's only half the story. The interior quality has been ramped up significantly, and the range of upholstery options is stunning.
Even more than that, you can tell someone with a family was involved in the interior design. Every seat gets its smartphone holder, and all models get a digital instrument cluster. It's the tiny details like this that can make or break a car, and we admire Mitsubishi's attention to detail.
Aside from the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Mitsubishi Outlander is the only compact crossover to offer seating for seven passengers with a third-row, albeit a tiny one. Mitsubishi somehow managed to squeeze more legroom into the Outlander's two front rows, with 81.6 inches of combined legroom to the Rogue's even 80 inches. These figures are split 41.7 inches in the front and 39.9 inches in the rear, meaning front and back seat riders both have plenty of space. The same can't be said for the third row, which only offers 18.7 inches of legroom. Only very young children will fit back there comfortably, so the third row is best reserved for quick trips over very short distances.
|Mitsubishi Outlander Trims||ES||SE||SE Launch Edition||Black Edition||SEL Special Edition||SEL||SEL Touring||SEL Launch Edition|
|Headroom Front Seat||40.6 in.||40.6 in.||38.8 in.||38.8 in.||40.6 in.||40.6 in.||40.6 in.||38.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||39.1 in.||39.1 in.||37.4 in.||37.4 in.||39.1 in.||39.1 in.||39.1 in.||37.4 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.9 in.||57.9 in.||57.9 in.||57.9 in.||57.9 in.||57.9 in.||57.9 in.||57.9 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55.9 in.||55.9 in.||55.9 in.||55.9 in.||55.9 in.||55.9 in.||55.9 in.||55.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||54 in.||54 in.||54 in.||54 in.||54 in.||54 in.||54 in.||54 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.3 in.||53.3 in.||53.3 in.||53.3 in.||53.3 in.||53.3 in.||53.3 in.||53.3 in.|
The previous car offered a choice between beige or black leather coupled with gloss black trim, and only on high-spec models. The 2022 model ups the available upholstery and trim to better differentiate the various models. Base ES models get black fabric coupled with piano black trim. The SE specification comes with a suede/synthetic leather combination in black, also with piano black trim. Tellingly, the Black Editio has black-only synthetic leather. The SELs get genuine leather in light gray or black, coupled with real aluminum inserts, while the Touring Package rolls in semi-aniline leather with special orange quilting and orange accents on the dash and armest.
Practicality in the Outlander is good, rather than class-leading. With all seven seats in place, the Outlander has an 11.7-cubic-foot trunk. This is more than ample for daily errands, but you'll need to tow something along if you want to take seven people on vacation.
With the third row folded flat, the cargo capacity increases to 33.5 cubes, and that's plenty. More than enough space for a family of five going on an extended holiday. On those odd occasions, you need to transport something large, the second row can also be folded flat to provide 79.7 cubes on base models or 78.3 on models with the sunroof.
As mentioned earlier, somebody with a family was involved in the design of this interior. That means each occupant gets a smartphone holder and at least one cupholder. The cabin is also well-stocked with large door pockets, a sizable glove compartment, and a storage space underneath the center armrest. Sadly, Nissan's clever trunk divider is absent to make room for the third row.
From the base model, Mitsubishi gives you the basic comfort, convenience, and safety features. The ES grade also gets 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front USB ports, front collision mitigation, blind-spot warning, rear automatic emergency stop, and a more basic version of the new digital instrument cluster. The mid-spec SE includes all of the above and adds a long list of additional features, including rear USB ports, 20-inch alloys, heated door mirrors, heated front seats, a multi-view camera system, wireless phone charging, front parking sensors, and the full suite of driver assistance features. The top-spec SEL adds a key-linked driver seat memory, four-way power-adjustable seat, heated rear seats, tri-zone climate control, and the full 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
On the in-between trims, you also get more stuff, like the SE Tech's panoramic sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Black Edition models have adaptive cruise control and a power sunroof added, while Launch Editions add a few extra treats for the passengers. On the SEL Launch Edition, includes a heated steering wheel, LED front door accents, semi-aniline seating, a 10.8-inch head-up display, and sunshades on the rear doors.
The new Outlander borrows its infotainment from the Nissan Rogue but reskins it with some new menu and graphic colors. Base ES models get an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while SE models and above get a larger nine-inch screen with wireless CarPlay and standard navigation. The SE with Technology Package and above trims get a massive 12.3-inch full-color LCD digital driver display, with two customizable gauge styles. This screen looks similar to the one in the Rogue but replaces the silver and red theme with a cool blue and green pattern. We enjoyed this setup in the Rogue, and have no issues with Mitsubishi not trying to fix what isn't broken. Other functionality across the range inludes Bluetooth and the usual slew of AM/FM/SiriusXM inputs with HD Radio added from the SE onwards. Sadly, most trims are stuck with a basic six-speaker sound system, although a ten-speaker Bose stereo system is available on the SE Tech Package and SEL Touring, but standard on the limited-run Launch Editions.