2019 Kia Niro EV vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Niro EV has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Niro EV 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine

The Niro EV’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 Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander PHEV running on electricity (123 city/102 hwy vs. 78 city/70 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander PHEV running its gasoline engine (123 city/102 hwy MPGe vs. 25 city/26 hwy).

The Niro EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 239 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 Kia Niro EV higher (10 out of 10) than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (7). This means the Niro EV 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 Niro EV’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander PHEV:

Niro

Outlander

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

The Niro EV 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Niro EV’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Outlander PHEV (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Niro EV 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 Niro EV’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Outlander PHEV’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Niro EV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

The Niro EV is 1 foot shorter than the Outlander PHEV, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Niro EV has .8 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more front hip room than the Outlander PHEV.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Niro EV and the Outlander PHEV have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Niro EV 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.

The Niro EV’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outlander PHEV’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Outlander PHEV’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Niro EV’s standard doors lock 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 Niro EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander PHEV 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 Niro EV has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Niro EV with available tilt-down mirrors 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 PHEV’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Niro EV EX Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Niro EV EX Premium. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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