2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2019 Ford Flex

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Safety

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The Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/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 Flex offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Flex doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Flex doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Outlander (except ES/SE/LE/SP) offers an optional Multi-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Flex only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Outlander and the Flex 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 is safer than the Flex:

Outlander

Flex

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

11 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Flex was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Outlander comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Flex’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

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

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

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Outlander’s reliability 18 points higher than the Flex.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander GT AWC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Flex AWD with its standard V6 (20 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

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

Transmission

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The Outlander 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 Flex doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander’s brakes have 48% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Flex (424 vs. 286.2 square inches), so the Outlander has more braking power available.

The Outlander stops much shorter than the Flex:

Outlander

Flex

70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Flex SEL’s standard 60 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the Flex’s (34.8 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1100 to 1250 pounds less than the Ford Flex.

The Outlander is 1 foot, 5 inches shorter than the Flex, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Flex’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Outlander’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Flex’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Outlander 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 Flex doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Outlander’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Flex’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

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

The Outlander has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Flex SEL/Limited.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Flex is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Flex because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Flex, including $80 less for a water pump, $583 less for a muffler, $523 less for a timing belt/chain and $37 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 will be $3370 to $6646 less than for the Ford Flex.

Recommendations

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The Mitsubishi Outlander outsold the Ford Flex by 79% during the 2019 model year.

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