2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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The Tucson 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.

The Tucson’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 Tucson’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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard Blue Link, 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 Tucson 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

Tucson

Outlander

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

208

Neck Injury Risk

21%

29%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

412 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

226

251

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

43%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

91 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

Tucson

Outlander

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

163

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

349

Hip Force

482 lbs.

794 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Tucson’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 Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Outlander isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 50 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 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.

Engine

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The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (181 vs. 166) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

Tucson

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

15.2 sec

15.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.1 MPH

83.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Transmission

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The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Outlander doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tucson

Outlander

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

The Tucson stops shorter than the Outlander:

Tucson

Outlander

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander (245/45R19 vs. 225/55R18).

The Tucson Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 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 Tucson Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outlander.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Outlander SEL AWC pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Tucson is 8.6 inches shorter than the Outlander, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .6 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear hip room than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander with its rear seat up (31 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind 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.

Servicing Ease

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The Tucson 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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The power windows standard on both the Tucson and the Outlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

Both the Tucson and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate 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.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $255 to $2385 less than the Outlander over a five-year period.

The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% 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 Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Outlander, including $116 less for a water pump, $13 less for front brake pads, $56 less for a starter, $308 less for a fuel pump, $53 less for front struts, $208 less for a timing belt/chain and $133 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $3272 to $4524 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over three to one during 2018.

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