2019 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Palisade has not been tested, yet.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander gets better fuel mileage than the Palisade:




2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy


2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

3.0 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy



3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy


3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy


The Outlander has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Palisade doesn’t offer a CVT.

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 Palisade’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Palisade’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (8.5 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 pounds less than the Hyundai Palisade.

The Outlander is 11.3 inches shorter than the Palisade, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Outlander is 6.5 inches narrower than the Palisade, making the Outlander easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The rear step up height for the Outlander is 1.7 inches lower than the Palisade (17.8” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The Outlander has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Palisade doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.


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 Palisade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Palisade SE/SEL’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Palisade SEL/Limited.

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