2019 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Outlander (except ES/SE) offers an optional Multi-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Outlander and the CR-V 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.


The Outlander comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the CR-V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CR-V’s (7 vs. 5 years).


The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 34 more horsepower (224 vs. 190) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (15.8 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (16.6 vs. 14 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Outlander’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:




Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.2 inches

The Outlander stops much shorter than the CR-V:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Outlander’s tires are lower profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CR-V (8.5 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Outlander GT AWC is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

The Outlander has standard seating for 7 passengers; the CR-V can only carry 5.

The Outlander has 22.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR-V (128.2 vs. 105.9).

The Outlander has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.


Maximum trailer towing in the Honda CR-V is limited to 1500 pounds. The Outlander offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.


The Outlander’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 CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Outlander ES/SE’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 CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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

The Outlander has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost less on the Outlander than the CR-V, including $2 less for a muffler, $198 less for a starter and $48 less for fuel injection.

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