2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Backseat Comfort
February 25, 2011
Since the Outlander Sport is smaller than the regular Outlander, I was curious to find out how comfortable the backseat is. First I compared the two on Edmunds; the Sport measures about 3 inches less in rear legroom (36.3) and just a tad less headroom (37.9). Our Sport does have the panoramic sunroof, so that does take out an additional inch or so.
The rear doors don't open all that wide, so entry/exit is mediocre. Once seated, I found the loss in rear legroom to be minor; there's still plenty of room for adult-sized legs. There's lots of room underneath the front seats to put your feet, too. Headroom is OK, though I'm guessing anyone taller than 5-foot 11-inches will have his or her head rubbing against the headliner.
The main issue is that I just didn't find the seating to be very comfortable. The cushioning is hard and flat, and the seatback is
very fairly upright. There isn't any sliding or reclining action like you get with the regular Outlander. It's a little like sitting on a park bench. This does make it super easy to install a child safety seat, though.
I'm guessing most owners won't be using their Outlander Sports for frequent multi-passenger transportation. So from that viewpoint, the Outlander's backseat is just fine for little kid duty or occasions like taking co-workers to lunch.
Update: fushigi comented that the rear seats do in fact recline, and upon further inspection I realized he's right. I think the rest of my comments still apply, but the more reclined position does help comfort some.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor