2019 Lincoln MKC vs. 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKC are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The MKC (except Premiere)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the MKC (except Premiere)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The MKC Reserve’s optional 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 Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The MKC has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Outlander Sport 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 MKC and the Outlander Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

The Lincoln MKC weighs 526 to 957 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

 

MKC

Outlander Sport

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

177

208

Neck Stress

181 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

175/258 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

115 lbs.

221 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, results indicate that the Lincoln MKC is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

 

MKC

Outlander Sport

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

163

Abdominal Force

102 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

404 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

338

349

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

778 lbs.

794 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

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

Reliability

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The MKC has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKC first among compact premium suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Outlander Sport was rated third in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 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 Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 97 more horsepower (245 vs. 148) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 145) than the Outlander Sport ES’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The MKC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 77 more horsepower (245 vs. 168) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport SE/SEL’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 117 more horsepower (285 vs. 168) and 138 lbs.-ft. more torque (305 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport SE/SEL’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Outlander Sport ES 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

MKC

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.4 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the MKC 2.0 Turbo’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The MKC 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 Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the MKC’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander Sport:

 

MKC

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

The MKC stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

 

MKC

Outlander Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MKC has larger standard tires than the Outlander Sport (235/50R18 vs. 225/55R18). The MKC AWD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander Sport (255/40R20 vs. 225/55R18).

The MKC’s standard 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. The MKC AWD’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Outlander Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKC AWD offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Outlander Sport’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

The MKC offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Outlander Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The MKC has vehicle speed-sensitive 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 MKC’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MKC is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander Sport.

The MKC’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Outlander Sport’s (59% to 41%). This gives the MKC more stable handling and braking.

The MKC AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Outlander Sport SE 4WD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The MKC AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the MKC 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 Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The MKC 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

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The MKC has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear hip room than the Outlander Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The MKC has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (25.2 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The MKC has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the MKC. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the MKC has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the MKC Reserve/Black Label, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The MKC has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Outlander Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The MKC uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Outlander Sport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Mitsubishi. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Mitsubishi is ranked 21st.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the MKC, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The MKC’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

The MKC’s front and rear power windows all 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 Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the MKC the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Outlander Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKC’s exterior PIN entry system. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Outlander Sport’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The MKC’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors 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.)

The MKC’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Outlander Sport ES/SE’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the MKC 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.

The MKC 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 SEL/GT.

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

The MKC Select/Reserve/Black Label has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Outlander Sport offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The MKC has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Outlander Sport SE/SEL. The MKC also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Outlander Sport.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the MKC Reserve/Black Label 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.

On extremely cold winter days, the MKC’s optional (except Premiere) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The MKC’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the MKC and the Outlander Sport offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the MKC has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the MKC Reserve/Black Label offers an optional 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.

The MKC (except Premiere) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The MKC Reserve/Black Label’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the MKC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the MKC will cost $465 less than the Outlander Sport over a five-year period.

The MKC will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the MKC will retain 43.48% to 44.66% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander Sport only retains 36.23% to 38.23%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MKC is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because typical repairs cost much less on the MKC than the Outlander Sport, including $262 less for a starter, $165 less for fuel injection, $298 less for a fuel pump and $93 less for front struts.

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