2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Palisade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Outlander doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Palisade’s 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 Palisade’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 Palisade offers optional Blue Link, 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 Palisade 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Hyundai Palisade weighs 523 to 1058 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The Palisade’s 7 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Outlander runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Palisade’s warranty.


A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Palisade’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’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th, 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.


The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 125 more horsepower (291 vs. 166) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 67 more horsepower (291 vs. 224) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Palisade uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Palisade has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Palisade has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 16.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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



Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

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

The Palisade 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

The Palisade 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 Palisade 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Palisade’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the Outlander (114.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 6.6 inches wider in the front and 7 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

Passenger Space

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

The Palisade has .1 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, 5.5 inches more front hip room, 4.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 5.8 inches more rear hip room, 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.1 inches more third row headroom, 3.2 inches more third row legroom, 4.3 inches more third row hip room and 4.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Outlander.

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

Cargo Capacity

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



Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

10.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

45.8 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


34.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

86.4 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

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

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Palisade’s liftgate, 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.


The Palisade’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds). The Outlander’s maximum towing capacity is only 3500 pounds.


When two different drivers share the Palisade (except SE), the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Outlander doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Palisade Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed 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.

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

Both the Palisade and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Palisade 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 the front and second row seats keep the Palisade’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Outlander doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Palisade 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.

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