2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

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 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 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 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 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 and around view monitors.

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:

 

Rogue

Outlander

 

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.

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:

 

Rogue

Outlander

 

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.

Warranty

The Rogue’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander’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

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Rogue’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Outlander’s camshafts. If the Outlander’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 4 more horsepower (170 vs. 166) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 2.5 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

 

Rogue

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

81 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue

 

FWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

33 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

31 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Outlander

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

 

 

GT 3.0 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Outlander 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 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Rogue Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander:

 

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Outlander

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 are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Outlander:

 

Rogue

Outlander

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’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 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 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

The Rogue has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Outlander; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 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 (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.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 1 inch more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Outlander with its third seat folded and its middle seat seat up (39.3 vs. 34.2 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Outlander with all its rear seats folded (70 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 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 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Outlander’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 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Outlander, including $106 less for a water pump, $121 less for a fuel pump and $80 less for front struts.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mitsubishi Outlander isn't recommended.

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 isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by almost 10 to one during 2018.

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