2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 0Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 1Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 2Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 3Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 4Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 5Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 6Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 7Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 8Mitsubishi Outlander Sport image 9

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Available Now!

Safety

The Trax 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 Sport 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 Trax and the Outlander Sport 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Trax

Outlander Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

208

Neck Injury Risk

26%

29%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

251

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

43%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

394/494 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Outlander Sport:

Trax

Outlander Sport

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.53/.33

.68/.36

Tibia forces R/L

1.8/.6 kN

1.9/1.9 kN

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 Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Trax

Outlander Sport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

163

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

349

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

794 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

Hip Force

707 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are over 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

Reliability

The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Outlander Sport’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Outlander Sport 2.0 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Trax

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Trax

FWD

Auto

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

Auto

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Outlander Sport

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Trax

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

The Trax stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

Trax

Outlander Sport

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Trax has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outlander Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Trax 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.

The Trax Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the Outlander Sport 4WD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Trax Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

The Trax is 4.3 inches shorter than the Outlander Sport, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Trax has .2 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander Sport.

Ergonomics

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

The Trax’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Outlander Sport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

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

The Trax 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 Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the GT.

The Trax LT/Premier 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 Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Outlander Sport, including $28 less for a water pump, $208 less for a starter, $246 less for fuel injection, $138 less for a fuel pump, $52 less for front struts and $162 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Trax outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by over two to one during 2018.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos