2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Safety

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The Stelvio Ti’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Outlander doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Stelvio’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a metal gas tank.

The Stelvio has standard SOS Call, 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 Stelvio and the Outlander 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshaft in the Stelvio’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.

The Outlander’s redline is at 6500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Outlander’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Alfa Romeo vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Alfa Romeo 29th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 114 more horsepower (280 vs. 166) and 144 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (280 vs. 224) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

Stelvio

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

15.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

83.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander GT AWC V6 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Stelvio’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.

The Stelvio has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Stelvio

Outlander

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.9 inches

The Stelvio’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 Stelvio stops shorter than the Outlander:

Stelvio

Outlander

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Outlander (235/60R18 vs. 225/55R18). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander (255/45R20 vs. 225/55R18).

The Stelvio’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outlander’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Stelvio offers an optional 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

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The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Outlander’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio 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 Stelvio’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the Outlander (110.9 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 4.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Outlander’s (56% to 44%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the Outlander GT AWC (72 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Stelvio has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stelvio has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Stelvio. The Outlander doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Stelvio’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, 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.

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Stelvio uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Outlander uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Outlander. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

The Stelvio has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outlander doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Stelvio, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Stelvio’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Stelvio and the Outlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stelvio is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outlander prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Outlander ES’ intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Outlander doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Outlander’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Outlander doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Stelvio 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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stelvio has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Outlander 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 Stelvio has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Stelvio offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Outlander offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Stelvio and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Stelvio also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Outlander doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Stelvio offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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