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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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer a whiplash protection 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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Outlander Sport and the Trailblazer 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 all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
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 190 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trailblazer has not been tested, yet.
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 Trailblazer’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 Chevrolet covers the Trailblazer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Trailblazer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Trailblazer’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).
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 Trailblazer’s camshafts. If the Trailblazer’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mitsubishi 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
The Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 11 more horsepower (148 vs. 137) than the Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 13 more horsepower (168 vs. 155) than the Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.
The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trailblazer (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 Trailblazer (16.6 vs. 13.2 gallons).
For better traction, the Outlander Sport has larger tires than the Trailblazer (225/55R18 vs. 215/65R16).
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 Trailblazer L’s standard 65 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 Trailblazer L.
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 Chevrolet Trailblazer 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 Trailblazer’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander Sport’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Trailblazer (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Trailblazer’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Outlander Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Trailblazer (8.5 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Outlander Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Outlander Sport has .7 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.9 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.
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 Trailblazer’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. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Trailblazer LT/ACTIV/RS.
The Outlander Sport has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Trailblazer L/LS doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
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 Trailblazer’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.
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