2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2020 Fiat 500L

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 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 Fiat 500L doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Outlander Sport SE/GT 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 500L doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Outlander Sport offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 500L doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Outlander Sport SE/GT’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The 500L doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Outlander Sport offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The 500L doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Outlander Sport SE/GT’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 500L doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Outlander Sport and the 500L have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the 500L:

Outlander Sport

500L

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

84

228

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

14 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

3.43/.93 kN

10.1/3.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

63%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.68/.36

.88/.82

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander Sport its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 174 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 500L is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty

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The Outlander Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 500L’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander Sport 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500L. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500L ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500L’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Outlander Sport’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the 500L’s camshaft. If the 500L’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Outlander Sport has a standard 530-amp battery. The 500L’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 91 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Engine

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The Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (168 vs. 160) than the 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE FWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the 500L (24 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500L requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500L (15.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander Sport FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500L (16.6 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport higher (5 out of 10) than the Fiat 500L (3). This means the Outlander Sport produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 500L every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Outlander Sport 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 500L doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander Sport stops shorter than the 500L:

Outlander Sport

500L

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander Sport has larger tires than the 500L (225/55R18 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the 500L Pop. The 500L’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Fiat 500L only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 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 Fiat 500L has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Outlander Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Outlander Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The 500L’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander Sport’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the 500L (105.1 inches vs. 102.8 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Outlander Sport has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500L.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander Sport Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The 500L doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

FAST-Key standard on the Outlander Sport SE/GT allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Fiat 500L doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Outlander Sport 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 500L doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Outlander Sport SE/GT’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 500L’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Outlander Sport SE/GT has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500L doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Outlander Sport SE/GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 500L doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages

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The Outlander Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Outlander Sport will retain 43.02% to 44.56% of its original price after five years, while the 500L only retains 33.82% to 34.96%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be $1727 to $5315 less than for the Fiat 500L.

Recommendations

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport outsold the Fiat 500L by over 43 to one during the 2019 model year.

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