2019 Hyundai Kona Electric vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Kona Electric has a standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Kona Electric has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 PHEV doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Kona Electric and the Outlander PHEV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Kona Electric’s 7 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Outlander PHEV runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kona Electric’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine

The Kona Electric’s standard electric motor produces 4 more horsepower (201 vs. 197) than the Outlander PHEV’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Kona Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander PHEV running on electricity (132 city/108 hwy vs. 78 city/70 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Kona Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander PHEV running its gasoline engine (132 city/108 hwy MPGe vs. 25 city/26 hwy).

The Kona Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 258 miles on a full charge. The Outlander PHEV can only travel about 22 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Kona Electric higher (10 out of 10) than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (7). This means the Kona Electric produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Outlander PHEV every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Kona

Outlander

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

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

The Kona Electric 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 PHEV doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Kona Electric is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander PHEV.

For better maneuverability, the Kona Electric’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Outlander PHEV’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Kona Electric may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

The Kona Electric is 1 foot, 8.2 inches shorter than the Outlander PHEV, making the Kona Electric easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Kona Electric has .6 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front hip room than the Outlander PHEV.

Ergonomics

The Kona Electric has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Kona Electric Ultimate has a standard 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 PHEV doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

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

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Kona Electric Ultimate. The Kona Electric’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations

The Kona Electric was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Outlander PHEV has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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