2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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

Both the Outlander and the Crosstrek have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

Outlander

Crosstrek

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

36%

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

44.6%

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, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

Outlander

Crosstrek

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

163 G’s

196 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

58 G’s

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

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

Engine

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The Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (166 vs. 152) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 72 more horsepower (224 vs. 152) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl. is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (automatics tested):

Outlander

Crosstrek

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10 sec

10.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.7 sec

17.8 sec

Transmission

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The Mitsubishi Outlander comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Crosstrek.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops much shorter than the Crosstrek:

Outlander

Crosstrek

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

131 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 Crosstrek’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 Crosstrek.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Crosstrek’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Passenger Space

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

The Outlander has 27.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Crosstrek (128.2 vs. 100.9).

The Outlander has .8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Crosstrek.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Outlander’s middle row seats recline. The Crosstrek’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Crosstrek.

Outlander

Crosstrek

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

20.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

63.3 cubic feet

55.3 cubic feet

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Outlander SEL/GT has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Subaru Crosstrek is limited to 1500 pounds. The Outlander offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Outlander SE/SEL/GT disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstrek’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Outlander’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Crosstrek has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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 Crosstrek’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Crosstrek’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Crosstrek Premium/Limited.

On extremely cold winter days, the Outlander’s optional (except ES/SE/LE/SP) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Outlander’s 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. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Outlander and the Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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The Outlander is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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 Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Outlander than the Crosstrek, including $147 less for a starter, $131 less for front struts and $58 less for a timing belt/chain.

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