2019 Lexus UX Series vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The UX Series offers optional Parking Support Brake which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the UX Series and the Outlander Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 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 Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 74 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (169 vs. 148) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 145) than the Outlander Sport ES/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The UX 200’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (169 vs. 168) than the Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 7 more horsepower (175 vs. 168) than the Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the UX Series gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander Sport:

 

 

UX Series

Outlander Sport

 

2WD

 

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

200/Auto

29 city/37 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto GT

4WD

 

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

250h/Auto

41 city/38 hwy

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto GT

Regenerative brakes improve the UX Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The Lexus UX Series comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Outlander Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the UX Series’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander Sport:

 

UX Series

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

The UX Series’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outlander Sport’s standard 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the UX Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the UX Series’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Outlander Sport’s (34.2 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Passenger Space

The UX Series has .5 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room and .7 inches more rear hip room than the Outlander Sport.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the UX Series’ available liftgate can be opened just by a gesture, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mitsubishi. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 52% lower rating, Mitsubishi is ranked 21st.

Ergonomics

The UX Series’ optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The UX Series offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The UX Series 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 Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the GT.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the UX Series F SPORT has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the UX Series keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the UX Series has a standard Dynamic Radar 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.

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