2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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Compared to metal, the Pilot’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 Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Pilot and the Outlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Honda Pilot weighs 432 to 990 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 Honda Pilot is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

Pilot

Outlander

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

149

208

Neck Injury Risk

28%

29%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

46/243 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

216

251

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

43%

Neck Stress

116 lbs.

221 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 Honda Pilot is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

Pilot

Outlander

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

109

163

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

269 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

349

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

304 lbs.

794 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

17 inches

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

Warranty

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

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pilot’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine

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The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 114 more horsepower (280 vs. 166) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 56 more horsepower (280 vs. 224) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Pilot is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

Pilot

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

15.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

83.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’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 Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’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 Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pilot has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Pilot has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 16.6 gallons).

The Pilot has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Outlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Pilot

Outlander

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the Outlander (245/60R18 vs. 225/55R18).

The Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’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 Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition has standard 20-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Pilot 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 Pilot 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 Pilot 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.

The Pilot (except LX)’s optional 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 Pilot’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Outlander (111 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pilot is 5.7 inches wider in the front and 5.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD 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 Pilot 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.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Pilot Elite 4WD is quieter than the Outlander GT AWC (37 vs. 39 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Outlander can only carry 7.

The Pilot has 24.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander (152.9 vs. 128.2).

The Pilot has 6.5 inches more front hip room, 5.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, 5.4 inches more rear hip room, 6 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.2 inches more third row headroom, 3.7 inches more third row legroom, 5.2 inches more third row hip room and 7.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Outlander.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pilot’s middle and third row seats recline. The Outlander’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

Pilot

Outlander

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

10.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

34.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’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 Pilot’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Pilot 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 Pilot EX-L/Touring/Elite/Black Edition, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’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.

If the windows are left open on the Pilot the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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 Pilot 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 Pilot 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 SEL/GT.

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

When the Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition 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 Pilot Elite/Black Edition has standard 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 Pilot and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Pilot Elite/Black Edition 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 Pilot (except LX/EX) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, 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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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $464 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Pilot than the Outlander, including $5 less for front brake pads, $16 less for fuel injection, $24 less for front struts and $88 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Honda Pilot has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Pilot

Outlander

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Honda Pilot outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by almost four to one during 2018.

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