2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Outlander doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Outlander doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Compared to metal, the Edge’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 Edge has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 Edge and the Outlander 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

 

Edge

Outlander

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

96

208

Neck Injury Risk

27%

29%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

90 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

209

251

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

43%

Neck Stress

180 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

83 lbs.

91 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

121/25 lbs.

394/494 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

 

Edge

Outlander

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

163

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

349

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

647 lbs.

794 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

297

365

Hip Force

585 lbs.

807 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 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 Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 79 more horsepower (245 vs. 166) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (245 vs. 224) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 111 more horsepower (335 vs. 224) and 165 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Edge 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

 

Edge

Outlander

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.3 MPH

83.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Edge AWD 2.0 Turbo gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander GT AWC (21 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge’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 Edge has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16.6 gallons).

The Edge 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

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

 

Edge

Outlander

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Outlander are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Outlander:

 

Edge

Outlander

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Outlander (245/60R18 vs. 225/55R18). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander (265/40R21 vs. 225/55R18).

The Edge ST’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 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 Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Edge has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Outlander; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outlander’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Outlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Edge’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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the Outlander (112.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 4.2 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

The Edge ST AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Edge 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 Edge Sport 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, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Outlander GT AWC:

 

Edge

Outlander

Full-Throttle

71 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Edge has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more front hip room, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 5.6 inches more rear hip room and 4.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Outlander with its second row seat up (39.2 vs. 34.2 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Outlander with all its rear seats folded (73.4 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

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

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The Outlander doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’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

The Edge uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Outlander 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.

The Edge 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

When three different drivers share the Edge Titanium/ST, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 power windows standard on both the Edge and the Outlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge 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.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front 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 Edge’s exterior PIN entry system. The Outlander doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Outlander’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Edge’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. 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.)

The Edge’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Outlander ES/SE’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge 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 Edge has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. 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 Edge has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Edge Titanium/ST offers optional 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 Edge and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/ST 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 Edge Titanium/ST 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.

The Edge (except SE) 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.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s optional Active 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 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Outlander, including $145 less for a water pump, $224 less for a starter, $64 less for fuel injection and $231 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Edge

Outlander

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Edge outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over three to one during 2018.

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