2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Soul EV’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 PHEV doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Soul EV and the Outlander PHEV 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available rear parking sensors.


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


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 51 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.


The Soul EV’s standard electric motor produces 4 more horsepower (201 vs. 197) than the Outlander PHEV’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander PHEV running on electricity (127 city/101 hwy vs. 78 city/70 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander PHEV running its gasoline engine (127 city/101 hwy MPGe vs. 25 city/26 hwy).

The Soul EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 243 miles on a full charge. The Outlander PHEV can only travel about 22 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Soul EV higher (10 out of 10) than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (7). This means the Soul EV produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Outlander PHEV every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Soul EV’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander PHEV:



Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Soul EV is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander PHEV.

For better maneuverability, the Soul EV’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Outlander PHEV’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet).


The Kia Soul EV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

The Soul EV is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the Outlander PHEV, making the Soul EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has .2 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room and 1.2 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander PHEV.


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

The Soul EV Designer Collection’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outlander PHEV’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Soul EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander PHEV only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Soul EV. The Soul EV’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Outlander PHEV doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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