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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Rav4 Hybrid has standard Safety Connect™, 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 PHEV doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Outlander PHEV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Outlander PHEV has not been fully tested, yet.
The Rav4 Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander PHEV’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Outlander PHEV.
There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.
The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 22 more horsepower (219 vs. 197) than the Outlander PHEV’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander PHEV running its gasoline engine (41 city/37 hwy vs. 25 city/26 hwy).
The Rav4 Hybrid has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander PHEV (14.5 vs. 11.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Rav4 Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander PHEV:
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander PHEV.
For greater off-road capability the Rav4 Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Outlander PHEV (8.1 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Rav4 Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The Rav4 Hybrid is 3.9 inches shorter than the Outlander PHEV, making the Rav4 Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Rav4 Hybrid 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 PHEV doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Rav4 Hybrid has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Outlander PHEV.
The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander PHEV with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 30.4 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander PHEV’s (1750 vs. 1500 pounds).
The Rav4 Hybrid offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When different drivers share the Rav4 Hybrid Limited, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Rav4 Hybrid’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 Outlander PHEV’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
The Outlander PHEV’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard doors lock when the transmission is engaged. 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 Rav4 Hybrid has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander PHEV only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer cornering lights.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Outlander PHEV offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Outlander PHEV.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Rav4 Hybrid. The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a navigation system.
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