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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Bolt doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Outlander PHEV has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Bolt doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Both the Outlander PHEV and the Bolt have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV weighs 659 pounds more than the Chevrolet Bolt. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Outlander PHEV comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Bolt’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander PHEV 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Bolt. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Bolt ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Outlander PHEV’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Bolt’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).
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 Bolt’s range is only 259 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 45% 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 50 hours.
For better stopping power the Outlander PHEV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Bolt:
The Outlander PHEV’s brakes have 8% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Bolt (424 vs. 392.2 square inches), so the Outlander PHEV has more braking power available.
For better traction, the Outlander PHEV has larger tires than the Bolt (225/55R18 vs. 215/50R17).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander PHEV has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Bolt.
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 Chevrolet Bolt 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 Bolt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander PHEV’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Bolt (105.1 inches vs. 102.4 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Outlander PHEV is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Bolt.
The Outlander PHEV’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54% to 46%) than the Bolt’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the Outlander PHEV more stable handling and braking.
The Outlander PHEV has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Bolt (102.1 vs. 94.4).
The Outlander PHEV has .9 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Bolt.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Outlander PHEV’s rear seats recline. The Bolt’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Bolt with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 16.9 cubic feet). The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Bolt with its rear seat folded (66.6 vs. 56.6 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 Bolt doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Outlander PHEV has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Bolt has no towing capacity.
The Outlander PHEV’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Bolt’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.
The Outlander PHEV has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Bolt doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
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 Bolt’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 Bolt doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Outlander PHEV and the Bolt 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 Bolt 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 Bolt 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 Bolt doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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