2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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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 GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Outlander Sport has standard active front headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the active front headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Terrain doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Outlander Sport and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the GMC Terrain:

Outlander Sport

Terrain

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

163 G’s

195 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

365

377

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Terrain’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than GMC covers the Terrain. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Terrain ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Terrain’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander Sport gets better fuel mileage than the Terrain:

Outlander Sport

Terrain

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/29 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/28 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Terrain with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Terrain FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander Sport FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 15.6 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 GMC Terrain (3 to 5). This means the Outlander Sport produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander Sport stops much shorter than the Terrain:

Outlander Sport

Terrain

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Outlander Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Terrain’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Terrain.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better maneuverability, the Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 6.8 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the GMC Terrain.

The Outlander Sport is 10.4 inches shorter than the Terrain, making the Outlander Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Outlander Sport’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Outlander Sport’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the Terrain is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $491 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander Sport than the Terrain, including $584 less for a muffler, $138 less for front brake pads, $112 less for fuel injection, $45 less for a fuel pump and $297 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be $1657 to $7144 less than for the GMC Terrain.

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