2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Outlander doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outlander 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.

Compared to metal, the Equinox’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a metal gas tank.

The Equinox 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 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 Equinox and the Outlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Outlander.

There are over 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th, 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (170 vs. 166) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (252 vs. 224) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

 

Equinox

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

81 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 is faster than the Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6:

 

Equinox

Outlander

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

21.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Equinox diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander:

 

 

Equinox

Outlander

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

25 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

24 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox AWD with its standard turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander GT AWC V6 (25 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Equinox’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 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Equinox has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Outlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Equinox 1.5T/Diesel

Equinox 2.0T

Outlander

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Outlander:

 

Equinox

Outlander

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

149 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox Premier offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Outlander doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Outlander (107.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Equinox is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Equinox 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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the Outlander GT AWC (73 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Equinox has 1.6 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo area than the Outlander with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Equinox Premier’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Equinox has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outlander doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Equinox Premier, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Equinox Premier’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 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Outlander does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Equinox’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’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Outlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Outlander doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Outlander’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Equinox’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 Equinox has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Equinox 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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GT.

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

When the Equinox Premier 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’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox Premier 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 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.

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

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

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional 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 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $25 to $1770 less than the Outlander over a five-year period.

The Equinox will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Equinox will retain 44.23% to 46.77% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander only retains 35% to 41.71%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because typical repairs cost less on the Equinox than the Outlander, including $81 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $542 to $3466 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over eight to one during 2017.

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