2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2020 Kia Niro

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Safety

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

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 Niro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Outlander Sport and the Niro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Niro’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Engine

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The Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 9 more horsepower (148 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (168 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Outlander Sport 2.0 4-cylinder is faster than the Kia Niro:

Outlander Sport

Niro

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

9.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.7 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Niro (15.8 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander Sport FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Niro (16.6 vs. 11.9 gallons).

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 Niro doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Outlander Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Niro:

Outlander Sport

Niro

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.3 inches

The Outlander Sport stops much shorter than the Niro:

Outlander Sport

Niro

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

152 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander Sport has larger tires than the Niro (225/55R18 vs. 205/60R16).

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 Niro LX/LXS/EX Premium’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Niro LX/LXS/EX Premium.

The Outlander Sport has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Niro; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Passenger Space

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The Outlander Sport has .2 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Niro.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo volume than the Niro with its rear seat up (21.7 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

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 Niro doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

The Outlander Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Kia only offers heated mirrors on the Niro Touring/Touring Special Edition/EX Premium.

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 Niro only retains 40.77% to 42.14%.

Recommendations

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport outsold the Kia Niro by 38% during 2019.

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