2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: The Interior Makeover
September 03, 2010
In my last Outlander post I noted how the vehicle's sales numbers were well off the pace of other crossover SUVs like the CR-V and RAV4. Of course, there are a lot of factors behind this. From the product side, though, I think the Outlander is at its weakest when it comes to interior design. To help Mitsu out, I've put my automotive product planner hat on and come up with three interior makeover items that would be of the most benefit to the Outlander.
1) A telescoping steering wheel; this would improve the driver positioning and make it more comfortable for more people. 2) A more intuitive navigational head unit; enough already with the cryptic menus and lack of a volume knob. 3) A third-row seat that's solidly built and easy to raise; right now the Outlander's seat seems as if it was the spawn of a cantankerous sleeper sofa and a hammock.
It must be tough for Mitsubishi, who no doubt is way behind in development and marketing budgets compared to the heavies like Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. Even little things like I listed above are enough of a reason for somebody to skip over the Outlander. It's sort of a case where being good still isn't good enough. Then again, the items I listed should hopefully be pretty easy to fix, too.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor