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The Outlander PHEV has standard Forward Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Soul EV doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The Outlander PHEV has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Soul EV doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Outlander PHEV’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
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 Soul EV 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.
The Outlander PHEV’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Outlander PHEV’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Outlander PHEV and the Soul EV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and rearview cameras.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV weighs 933 pounds more than the Kia Soul EV. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Outlander PHEV’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Soul EV’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).
The Outlander PHEV’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 88 more horsepower (197 vs. 109) than the Soul EV’s electric motor.
The Outlander PHEV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 315.8 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Soul EV’s range is only 111 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 43 minutes for only a 94% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 24 hours.
For better traction, the Outlander PHEV has larger tires than the Soul EV (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 Soul EV’s standard 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander PHEV has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Soul EV.
For superior ride and handling, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Soul EV has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Outlander PHEV has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Outlander PHEV flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul EV’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander PHEV’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Soul EV (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).
The Outlander PHEV has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Soul EV (102.1 vs. 97.1).
The Outlander PHEV has 1 inch more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul EV.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Outlander PHEV’s rear seats recline. The Soul EV’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Soul EV with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Soul EV with its rear seat folded (66.6 vs. 49.5 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 Soul EV doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Outlander PHEV has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Soul EV has no towing capacity.
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 Soul EV’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 Soul EV’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 Soul EV doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Outlander PHEV’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Soul EV doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Outlander PHEV and the Soul EV 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 Soul EV doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Outlander PHEV GT has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Soul EV doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Outlander PHEV GT has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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