2018 Buick Envision vs. 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Envision and Outlander Sport have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Outlander Sport’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Envision Premium offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outlander Sport only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Envision Essence/Premium’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Envision Essence/Premium’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Envision has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Envision and the Outlander Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

The Buick Envision weighs 470 to 974 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Buick Envision is safer than the Outlander Sport:

 

Envision

Outlander Sport

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

20 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.1/0 kN

3.43/.93 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.64/.38

.68/.36

Tibia forces R/L

1.9/1.2 kN

1.9/1.9 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Envision the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Outlander Sport was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty

The Envision’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander Sport’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the Envision for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Buick will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Outlander Sport.

There are almost 6 times as many Buick dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 49 more horsepower (197 vs. 148) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 145) than the Outlander Sport ES’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Envision’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (197 vs. 168) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport SE/SEL’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 84 more horsepower (252 vs. 168) and 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport SE/SEL’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Envision Premium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Outlander Sport ES 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Envision

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.5 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Envision’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Envision has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander Sport AWC’s standard fuel tank (17.3 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Buick Envision comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Outlander Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Envision’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander Sport:

 

Envision

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

The Envision stops shorter than the Outlander Sport:

 

Envision

Outlander Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Envision Premium’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander Sport (235/50R19 vs. 225/55R18).

The Envision Premium’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outlander Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Envision Premium has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outlander Sport’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Envision’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Outlander Sport (108.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Envision is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander Sport.

The Envision Premium handles at .81 G’s, while the Outlander Sport 4WD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Envision Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Envision has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander Sport (100.6 vs. 97.5).

The Envision has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Outlander Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Envision’s rear seats recline. The Outlander Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Envision has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The Envision has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Envision’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Envision has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Outlander Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Envision uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Outlander Sport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Envision Essence/Premium, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Envision Essence/Premium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Envision Premium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Envision and the Outlander Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Envision is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outlander Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Envision’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Outlander Sport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Outlander Sport’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Envision’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when the transmission is engaged. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Envision has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander Sport only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Envision’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Outlander Sport’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Envision has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Outlander Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GT.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Envision Premium offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Envision has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Envision Essence/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Outlander Sport’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Envision has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Outlander Sport offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Envision has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Outlander Sport SE/SEL. The Envision Essence/Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Outlander Sport.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Envision Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Envision Essence/Premium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Envision’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Envision and the Outlander Sport offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Envision has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Envision Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Envision Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Envision Premium’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

The Envision will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Envision will retain 42.65% to 54.83% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander Sport only retains 36.23% to 38.23%.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Envision third among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outlander Sport isn’t in the top three.

The Buick Envision outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by 24% during 2017.

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