2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Telluride and Outlander have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Telluride has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Outlander’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 Telluride are reminded to check the back seat when a sensor determines the back seat is occupied. The Outlander doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Telluride’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 Telluride’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 Telluride has standard 911 Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Telluride 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 and around view monitors.

The Kia Telluride weighs 508 to 1111 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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 Telluride’s warranty.

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Telluride’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 Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 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 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.

Engine

The Telluride’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 Telluride’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.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Telluride is faster than the Outlander GT V6:

Telluride

Outlander

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.2 sec

13.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.3 sec

21.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Telluride 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 Telluride 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 Telluride’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander:

Telluride

Outlander

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.9 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the Outlander:

Telluride

Outlander

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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

The Telluride S/SX’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 Telluride S/SX has standard 20-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Telluride 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 Telluride 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 Telluride has a standard automatic 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 Telluride’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 Telluride is 6.6 inches wider in the front and 7 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Telluride SX 4x4 is quieter than the Outlander GT AWC:

Telluride

Outlander

At idle

36 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has 26.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander (155 vs. 128.2).

The Telluride has .3 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, 6.3 inches more front hip room, 5.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 6.1 inches more rear hip room, 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom, 3.2 inches more third row legroom, 4.3 inches more third row hip room and 4.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Outlander.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Outlander

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

10.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

34.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

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

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Telluride’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.

Towing

The Telluride’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The Telluride 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.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Telluride SX, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Telluride offers an optional 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.

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

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

When the Telluride SX 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 Telluride EX/SX has standard front air-conditioned seats and the Telluride SX offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outlander doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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