2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Outlander doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the CR-V’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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 CR-V and the Outlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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

 

CR-V

Outlander

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

29%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

66 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

43%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 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 Honda CR-V is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

 

CR-V

Outlander

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

137

163

Abdominal Force

130 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

354 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

349

Hip Force

609 lbs.

794 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

17 inches

Hip Force

743 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the CR-V’s engine. A rubber belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6’s camshafts. If the Outlander’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Outlander isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (184 vs. 166) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V LX is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

Outlander

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

83.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Outlander

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

 

 

GT 3.0 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V 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

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Outlander:

 

CR-V

Outlander

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Outlander (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R18).

The CR-V 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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outlander.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

The CR-V is 4.2 inches shorter than the Outlander, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V 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 CR-V 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.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has .4 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 3.1 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Outlander with its rear seat folded and middle seat up (39.2 vs. 34.2 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Outlander with all its rear seats folded (75.8 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’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 CR-V. The Outlander doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’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 CR-V 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 two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Outlander doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’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.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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.

The Outlander’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The CR-V’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.)

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V 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.

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $477 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the CR-V than the Outlander, including $186 less for a water pump, $22 less for front brake pads, $135 less for a fuel pump, $8 less for front struts, $94 less for a timing belt/chain and $5 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Outlander

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Outlander has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Outlander has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by almost 9 to one during the 2018 model year.

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