2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the HR-V and the Outlander Sport 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

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

 

HR-V

Outlander Sport

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

29%

Neck Stress

244 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

5 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

33/136 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

205

251

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

41%

43%

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

91 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 HR-V is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

 

HR-V

Outlander Sport

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

148

163

Abdominal Force

158 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

321 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

385 lbs.

794 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

HIC

203

365

Hip Force

799 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

Warranty

The HR-V’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander Sport’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 HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Outlander Sport have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

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

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda HR-V is faster than the Outlander Sport ES/SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

HR-V

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

9.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

29.1 sec

32 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.8 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

117 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

HR-V

 

 

 

 

FWD

Auto

1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

 

 

Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

Outlander Sport

 

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

Transmission

The Honda HR-V comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Outlander Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

The HR-V stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

 

HR-V

Outlander Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The HR-V has 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 Sport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Outlander Sport SE 4WD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 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 HR-V has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander Sport (100.1 vs. 97.5).

The HR-V has .1 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Outlander Sport’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the HR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the HR-V will cost $495 to $2015 less than the Outlander Sport over a five-year period.

The HR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the HR-V will retain 47.71% to 48.19% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander Sport only retains 42.4% to 43.19%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because it costs $45 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Outlander Sport, including $206 less for a water pump, $64 less for a muffler, $15 less for front brake pads, $202 less for fuel injection, $222 less for a fuel pump, $63 less for front struts, $76 less for a timing belt/chain and $378 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda HR-V will be $3579 to $3778 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Honda HR-V outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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