2019 Nissan Versa Note vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Versa Note SL 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 Versa Note 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 and rearview cameras.

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Note is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

 

Versa Note

Outlander Sport

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

136

163

Hip Force

403 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

271

349

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

195

365

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

641 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Versa Note’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 Versa Note’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Versa Note second among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Outlander Sport was rated third in its category.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Note gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander Sport ES/SE FWD Auto (31 city/39 hwy vs. 24 city/30 hwy).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Versa Note stops shorter than the Outlander Sport:

 

Versa Note

Outlander Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Versa Note (except S) offers an optional 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 Versa Note 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.

Chassis

The Nissan Versa Note may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

The Versa Note is 8.9 inches shorter than the Outlander Sport, making the Versa Note easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

The front grille of the Versa Note uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Versa Note has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander Sport.

Ergonomics

The Outlander Sport’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Versa Note SV/SR’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 Versa Note 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.

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

Model Availability

The Nissan Versa comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn’t available as a sedan.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Note is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Note than the Outlander Sport, including $310 less for a water pump, $86 less for a muffler, $103 less for a starter, $67 less for fuel injection, $181 less for a fuel pump, $78 less for front struts, $82 less for a timing belt/chain and $468 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Note will be $3687 to $6609 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Recommendations

The Nissan Versa outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by almost two to one during 2018.

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