2020 Kia Telluride 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 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.

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 1025 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


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.


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.


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.

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:



Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.9 inches

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.

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has 49.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander (178.1 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.

Cargo Capacity

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



Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

10.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


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 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, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Telluride’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 Telluride’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds).


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 Outlander’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Telluride’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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.

Both the Telluride and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Telluride SX 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.

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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