2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outlander Sport only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Kicks 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability

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

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Kicks is faster than the Outlander Sport 2.0 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Kicks

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

FWD

Auto

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Outlander Sport

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

 

GT 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

 

GT 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Nissan Kicks as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Kicks 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 Kicks SR 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.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Outlander Sport’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Kicks has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Outlander Sport uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Kicks’ 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 Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kicks 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 Kicks 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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Kicks has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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