2020 Buick Envision vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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Both the Envision and Outlander have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Outlander’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Envision has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, 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 Envision and the Outlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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

Envision

Outlander

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

271 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

27 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

110/265 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

161

251

Neck Stress

170 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

31 lbs.

91 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

230/563 lbs.

394/494 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Buick Envision is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

Envision

Outlander

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

76

163

Abdominal Force

155 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

297 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

81

349

Spine Acceleration

23 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

492 lbs.

794 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

HIC

247

365

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

477 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

There are almost 6 times as many Buick dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Envision’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.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Envision’s reliability 13 points higher than the Outlander.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 2 places higher in reliability than Mitsubishi.

Engine

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The Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 31 more horsepower (197 vs. 166) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 28 more horsepower (252 vs. 224) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Envision’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 Envision has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (17.3 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Envision

Outlander

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

The Envision stops shorter than the Outlander:

Envision

Outlander

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Envision Premium’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander (235/50R19 vs. 225/55R18).

The Envision Premium’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 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 Envision Premium has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Envision 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.

The Envision 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

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The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Outlander doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Envision’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Outlander (108.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Envision is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

The Envision Premium handles at .81 G’s, while the Outlander SEL AWC pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Envision Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Envision 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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Outlander doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Envision has 1.8 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear hip room than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Envision has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outlander doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Envision’s 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 Envision can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Envision can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Outlander can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Envision 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 Envision 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Mitsubishi. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 11% lower rating, Mitsubishi is ranked 12th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Envision Essence/Premium, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Envision Essence/Premium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Envision Premium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Outlander doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Envision and the Outlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Envision 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Envision 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.

The Envision has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Outlander has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT.

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

When the Envision Essence/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Outlander’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Envision’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to 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 Envision and the Outlander have standard heated front seats. The Envision Essence/Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Envision Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Outlander doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Buick Envision Premium offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Outlander doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Envision Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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.

The Envision Premium’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Outlander doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Envision owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Envision will cost $210 less than the Outlander over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Envision is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because typical repairs cost less on the Envision than the Outlander, including $4 less for a water pump, $94 less for fuel injection and $141 less for a fuel pump.

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