2020 Dodge Durango vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Outlander doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Compared to metal, the Durango’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 Durango offers optional Uconnect 9-1-1, 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 Durango 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Dodge Durango weighs 1098 to 2088 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

Durango

Outlander

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

144

208

Neck Stress

251 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

427/350 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

24%

43%

Neck Stress

85 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

404/224 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 Dodge Durango is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

Durango

Outlander

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

28

163

Abdominal Force

112 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

150 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

25

349

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

542 lbs.

794 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

HIC

129

365

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

666 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

The Dodge Durango has a better fatality history. The Durango was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 18% lower per vehicle registered than the Outlander, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

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

There are over 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 12 places higher in reliability than Mitsubishi.

Engine

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The Durango has more powerful engines than the Outlander:

Horsepower

Torque

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

293 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

Outlander 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

166 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6

224 HP

215 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Durango Dual Exhaust V6 is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4-cylinder:

Durango

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

10 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

81 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Outlander doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Durango V6’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.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Durango uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 8.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Durango has 8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 16.6 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Dodge Durango at emission levels ranging from “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Mitsubishi Outlander is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Durango V6

Durango V8

Outlander

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Durango V6’s standard brakes have 33% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Outlander (562 vs. 424 square inches), so the Durango has more braking power available. The Durango V8’s brakes have 37% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Outlander (581 vs. 424 square inches), so the Durango V8 has more braking power available.

The Durango V8’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 Durango stops shorter than the Outlander:

Durango

Outlander

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Outlander (265/60R18 vs. 225/55R18).

The Durango’s optional 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 Durango offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Durango offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare 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 Durango has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outlander’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Durango offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Outlander doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Durango 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 Durango’s wheelbase is 14.7 inches longer than on the Outlander (119.8 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Durango is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

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

The Durango R/T 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Outlander SEL AWC pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Durango R/T 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Durango GT 4x4 is quieter than the Outlander GT AWC (38 vs. 39 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Durango has 13.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander (141.4 vs. 128.2).

The Durango has 4.4 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 3.6 inches more rear hip room, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.1 inches more third row headroom, 5.3 inches more third row legroom and 3 inches more third row hip room than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Durango’s cargo area provides more volume than the Outlander.

Durango

Outlander

Behind Third Seat

17.2 cubic feet

10.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

34.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Durango. The Outlander doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Durango’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (6200 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mitsubishi Outlander is only 3500 pounds. The Durango offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Durango V8 4WD 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 Durango can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Outlander can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Durango 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 Durango 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 Durango 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 two different drivers share the Durango (except SXT), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Durango GT/R/T/Citadel’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Durango’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Outlander does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

On a hot day the Durango’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Outlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango 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 Durango 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 Durango has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Durango with available tilt-down mirrors 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 Durango’s optional 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 Durango and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Durango also offers optional heated second row 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 Durango Citadel/R/T 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.

The Durango (except SXT) offers an optional 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.

Economic Advantages

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The Durango will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Durango will retain 46.91% to 51.92% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander only retains 39.2% to 43.49%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $64 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Durango than the Outlander, including $143 less for a water pump, $68 less for fuel injection and $107 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Durango second among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outlander isn’t in the top three.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by 66% during 2019.

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