2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Busy Audio Interface
February 02, 2011
I don't envy those people who're tasked with designing things like car audio interfaces. Seems like for every benefit that comes with a design choice, there's an equally compelling disadvantage.
Take, for example, the Outlander Sport's audio interface. On one hand, I like the fact that the screen contains tons of information and that you can do so much without having to cycle through a series of screens. Your individual presets are identified by name to make things absolutely clear, and you have your banks of presets listed at the top of the screen. The layout scores high marks for ease of use.
Unfortunately, though, including all this data creates a problem: clutter. The screen definitely looks a bit busy to me and it feels like there are too many bits of information competing for my attention. The minimalist aesthetic of the Outlander Sport's cabin is Zen-garden relaxing but when my gaze falls on that crowded red screen it kills the mood.
One thing that I think could definitely stand to go is that "Composer Name" line. "Band" and "Song Title" tell the story, thanks - "Composer Name" feels like overkill.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor