2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs. 2019 Kia Niro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Outlander PHEV has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Niro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Outlander PHEV GT has a standard Multi View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Niro only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Outlander PHEV and the Niro 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 and rearview cameras.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV weighs 935 to 1116 pounds more than the Kia Niro. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Outlander PHEV’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Niro’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Engine

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The Outlander PHEV’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 58 more horsepower (197 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander PHEV can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Niro must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Transmission

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The Outlander PHEV has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Niro doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Outlander PHEV

Niro

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander PHEV has larger tires than the Niro (225/55R18 vs. 205/60R16).

The Outlander PHEV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Niro FE/LX/EX’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander PHEV has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Niro FE/LX/EX.

Passenger Space

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The Outlander PHEV has .5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom, 3.6 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Niro.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Outlander PHEV’s rear seats recline. The Niro’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Niro with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Niro with its rear seat folded (66.6 vs. 54.5 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Outlander PHEV has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Niro doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Outlander PHEV has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Niro has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander PHEV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Niro’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Outlander PHEV’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Niro’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

The Outlander PHEV’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Niro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Outlander PHEV detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Niro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Outlander PHEV’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Kia only offers heated mirrors on the Niro EX/S Touring/Touring.

Both the Outlander PHEV and the Niro offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Outlander PHEV has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Niro doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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