2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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 CX-5 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Outlander and the CX-5 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 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 is safer than the Mazda CX-5:

Outlander

CX-5

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.5 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

65 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

365

449

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

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 CX-5’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 Mazda covers the CX-5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-5 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

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 Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 37 more horsepower (224 vs. 187) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 186) than the CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 15.3 gallons).

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops much shorter than the CX-5:

Outlander

CX-5

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

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 CX-5 Sport/Touring’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CX-5 Sport/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the CX-5’s (34.8 feet vs. 36 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-5 (8.5 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

Passenger Space

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The Outlander has standard seating for 7 passengers; the CX-5 can only carry 5.

The Outlander has 24.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-5 (128.2 vs. 103.6).

The Outlander has .9 inches more front headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the CX-5.

Outlander

CX-5

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

30.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

63.3 cubic feet

59.6 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s power window switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The CX-5’s power window (except driver window) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Outlander ES’ standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CX-5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature.

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 CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature.

Both the Outlander and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Outlander has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost less on the Outlander than the CX-5, including $71 less for a muffler and $56 less for fuel injection.

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