2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Safety

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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 Santa Fe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Outlander Sport and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Outlander Sport

Santa Fe

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

208

454

Leg Forces (l/r)

334/511 lbs.

374/622 lbs.

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

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 Hyundai Santa Fe:

Outlander Sport

Santa Fe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

54 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

54 G’s

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Outlander Sport

Santa Fe

2WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/29 hwy

n/a

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/29 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/28 hwy

n/a

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 Santa Fe doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander Sport stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

Outlander Sport

Santa Fe

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 Santa Fe SE/SEL’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 Santa Fe SE/SEL.

Suspension and Handling

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The Outlander Sport SE 4WD handles at .77 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 1100 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Outlander Sport is 1 foot, 3.9 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Outlander Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Outlander Sport has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Santa Fe SEL/Limited.

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 Santa Fe SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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 Santa Fe is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe because it costs $182 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Outlander Sport than the Santa Fe, including $137 less for a muffler, $19 less for a timing belt/chain and $80 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be $1587 to $7775 less than for the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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