Well, this is a initial. Normally, 3-row cars are so great that accomplishing a luggage examination with the 3rd row lowered is a full “no kidding” proposition. I would run out of things in my garage prolonged ahead of I would fill up a Kia Telluride. As this sort of, I only exam the room driving the lifted 3rd row of 3-row SUVs since that can actually be some useful information.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is not a common 3-row SUV, nonetheless. It is a person of only two SUVs in the compact phase, alongside with the Volkswagen Tiguan, that presents a 3rd-row seat. As I’ve already demonstrated, it truly is not substantially a seat, but its presence and the require to accommodate it does necessarily mean the Outlander has just one of the largest cargo volumes in the compact section.
As these, what we are getting here is the first Double Luggage Test© whereby I will be managing the Outlander like both of those a compact SUV and a 3-row a person, tests it with both the third row lifted and decreased. Correct!? Pretty damned fascinating.
Take a look at 1!
Here’s what you get with third row lifted. On paper, Mitsubishi suggests this is 11.7 cubic-feet, which is in truth the smallest three-row quantity I have appear throughout whilst luggage testing. Congratulations Cadillac XT6, you’re no for a longer period last!
Wait, hold that imagined …
Thanks to these comically tall head restraints and the Outlander’s D pillar condition, I could really safely and securely location the fancy bag on leading without having it traveling forward or excessively blocking rearward visibility (the two reasons I will not load to the roof in these tests). You can see that visibility beneath ideal.
Below left you can see the 12.6-cubic-foot Cadillac XT6, which could not healthy the extravagant bag as such (while, of course, you could fit a thing). So, sorry XT6, you’re in final again. Mwa mwa.
Ah, but what about under-ground space. You can find without a doubt some accessible.
It homes the cargo address encased in a foam mould that also properties those comically tall headrests when not in use. Take out it all, and there is a first rate total of more area unearthed, which could theoretically no cost up some extra house if you left the rigid flooring open. That’s not the similar as motor vehicles like the Honda Pilot and Kia Telluride, nevertheless, which far more obviously intend you to use the below-ground room in these kinds of a method.
Take a look at 2!
With the third-row reduced and the second-row reclined to a organic situation, this is the house obtainable. The specs say it can be 33.5 cubic-toes, which falls short of the class-leading Honda CR-V (39.2), Toyota RAV4 (37.5) and Hyundai Tucson (38.7).
The variance practically definitely arrives down to the existence of the 3rd row. Take note how a lot vertical room there is at the rear of the wheel wells — the floor depth would likely be closer to all those outer places if this was only a two-row design. Cargo capacity would also, as a result, be nearer to its equally sized opponents. Of study course, these are just numbers we’re talking about.
As in each individual baggage take a look at I do, I use two midsize roller suitcases that would have to have to be checked in at the airport (26 inches prolonged, 16 extensive, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that just hardly healthy in the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and 1 scaled-down roll-aboard that matches easily (23L x 15W x 10D). I also incorporate my wife’s fancy overnight bag just to spruce items up a little bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
All the bags in shape (no surprise there), and there is certainly indeed considerably less place remaining than in the CR-V, Tucson (below) or RAV4 (no concept where by that image went).
At the same time, it does look just a minimal greater than the 31.6-cubic-foot Nissan Rogue.
Alright, now let’s go to the reward collection of things filling my garage to see what may be able to fill that place.
That would be the 38-quart cooler and a smaller duffle bag. Individuals are specifically the exact same items as the CR-V and RAV4, albeit with just a small considerably less space leftover. We’re chatting extra pairs of shoes or a little something.
So, the Outlander obviously provides up some thing for its included third row, on paper and in follow. Nonetheless, the serious-entire world difference is negligible, and whilst the third row’s usability is also rather negligible, it does give the Outlander one thing its principal competition do not offer you. When you might be Mitsubishi and want to get attention in an incredibly crowded and competitive phase, such a rare aspect can certainly enable. That the 2022 Outlander is so much extra aggressive in normal certain will help, way too.