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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
The GT’s ride is definitely on the sporty side, but it’s still compliant and won’t make children cry or spill their ice cream
Car and Driver
seats "may not suit the girthier folk of middle America
particularly like the Outlander's dual-opening rear hatch
About a foot shorter in overall length than most mid-size sedans, the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander has good space for five, though its available seven-passenger seating—including a small third row—is a little optimistic. Even small children will feel the squeeze in back, but the second row slides fore and aft and reclines for good comfort, and the third and second rows fold to create an impressive, continuous cargo space of nearly 73 cubic feet behind the front seats. Cargo space is plentiful behind the second row, at 36.2 cubic feet but a little limited behind the third, at 14.9 feet.
In front, several testers find the Outlanders driver’s seat and seating position to be about right, though the steering wheel doesn't telescope, which might be an issue for shorter drivers. Jalopnik notes that while the seats in the Outlander GT have good lateral support, they "may not suit the girthier folk of middle America." ConsumerGuide says that the front seats in the Mitsubishi Outlander offer "plentiful headroom and legroom" and "the seats are generally comfortable, though some occupants may want more thigh support."
The backseats feel a little thin and flat, as they do in most other vehicles in this class, but they fold and tumble to a flat cargo floor. But ConsumerGuide says that the "3rd row is suitable only for kids, and they will ride in an uncomfortable knees-up position on a cushion that uses webbed hammock-style material rather than conventional padding." Fortunately, the third row can collapse "flat into the cargo floor when not in use," leading Kelley Blue Book to term it a "why not?" feature. Edmunds observes that the Mitsubishi "Outlander comes with a third-row seat," though its "effectiveness is debatable."
Edmunds reviewers report that "in terms of cargo room, a little less than 73 cubic feet is at your disposal with the second- and third-row seats folded," and they "particularly like the Outlander's dual-opening rear hatch, as the upper portion provides convenient access to groceries, while the lower portion" can drop down "to form a tailgate capable of supporting 440 pounds." Interior storage on the Mitsubishi 2009 Outlander draws praise as well, particularly from ConsumerGuide, where testers observe that the "good interior storage includes a nicely sized glove box and center console."
The Outlander has a rear tailgate configuration that’s a little complex and clunky, but we can see owners finding it handy; the fold-down tailgate can support 440 pounds. Materials remain a bit of a disappointment, even though they're again improved for 2010.
Up close, there's quite a bit of hard, dull plastic, though the upper dash now includes soft coverings and chrome-finished controls in some trims. Autoblog comments extensively on how the refresh for 2010 enhances the look and feel of the interior. "A quick glance around reveals much time and attention to detail went into sprucing up the joint," the reviewer says. "The previous Outlander's huge tracts of plastic are now covered with beautiful, thick-stitched leather." Autoblog also points to the GT's aluminum pedals and magnesium column-mounted paddle-shifters.
"The cheap-looking red digital information display between the gauges is gone, replaced by a high-definition, multicolor LCD that definitely ups the Outlander’s premium feel," notes Car and Driver.
Mitsubishi makes some improvements to noise insulation on the Outlander for 2010, and Kelley Blue Book thinks that "the new Outlander does a notably better job of suppressing outer-cabin sounds like tire, suspension, engine and wind noises." The reviewer says that it won't be mistaken for a Lexus, "but it's definitely more category-competitive from an interior noise point of view."
The interior is great for five, but the third-row seat is a joke and ride quality can be harsh. However, Mitsubishi takes a step in the right direction with interior trims and materials in the 2010 Outlander.