2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Rogue AWD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Rogue (except S) offers an optional 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.

The Rogue SL has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen 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 Rogue and the Outlander Sport 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, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

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

 

Rogue

Outlander Sport

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

284 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

90 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Outlander Sport:

 

Rogue

Outlander Sport

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

27 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.9/.2 kN

3.43/.93 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.46/.37

.68/.36

Tibia forces R/L

1.3/.6 kN

1.9/1.9 kN

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 Nissan Rogue is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

 

Rogue

Outlander Sport

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

163

Hip Force

477 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

349

Hip Force

783 lbs.

794 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Outlander Sport was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty

The Rogue’s 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 Rogue’s 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

The Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (170 vs. 148) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 145) than the Outlander Sport ES/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (170 vs. 168) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 8 more horsepower (176 vs. 168) than the Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Rogue 2.5 4 cyl. is faster than the Outlander Sport 2.0 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Rogue

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue

FWD

Auto

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

33 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

31 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Outlander Sport

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rogue Hybrid’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.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Nissan Rogue 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 Rogue 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 Rogue Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander Sport:

 

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Outlander Sport are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Outlander Sport:

 

Rogue

Outlander Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outlander Sport’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue 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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue 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

The Rogue 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Outlander Sport (106.5 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander Sport.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Outlander Sport 4WD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Rogue has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Outlander Sport uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander Sport (105.8 vs. 97.5).

The Rogue has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Outlander Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue SV/SL’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Rogue has a 1102 lbs. towing capacity. The Outlander Sport has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rogue (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left open on the Rogue the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. 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.

The Outlander Sport’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Rogue’s 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 Rogue 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Rogue’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Outlander Sport’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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

On extremely cold winter days, the Rogue’s optional (except S) 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 Rogue SV/SL’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 Rogue and the Outlander Sport offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue 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 Rogue (except S) offers an optional Intelligent 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.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Outlander Sport, including $186 less for a water pump, $1 less for front brake pads, $74 less for a starter, $184 less for a fuel pump and $112 less for front struts.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue second among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outlander Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by almost 11 to one during 2018.

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