2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Acura MDX

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Safety

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Both the Outlander and the MDX 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, around view monitors 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 Acura MDX:

Outlander

MDX

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

52 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

365

396

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

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 MDX has not been fully tested, yet.

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 MDX’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Acura covers the MDX. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the MDX ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

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

There are over 32 percent more Mitsubishi dealers than there are Acura dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Outlander’s warranty.

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 33 points higher than the MDX.

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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander GT AWC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the MDX SH-AWD V6 (20 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Outlander GT for maximum performance). The MDX requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Acura MDX (3). This means the Outlander produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MDX 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 MDX doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops shorter than the MDX:

Outlander

MDX

70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 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 MDX’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the MDX’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (8.5 vs. 7.3 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 700 to 900 pounds less than the Acura MDX.

The Outlander is 11.4 inches shorter than the MDX, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Outlander is 6.4 inches narrower than the MDX, making the Outlander easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

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The Outlander has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more third row headroom and .1 inches more third row legroom than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The MDX doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Towing

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While the MDX SH-AWD Sport Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any Outlander can tow a minimum of 1500 pounds.

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 MDX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the MDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the MDX, including $67 less for a water pump, $338 less for a muffler, $141 less for front brake pads, $171 less for a starter, $1074 less for fuel injection, $64 less for a fuel pump, $42 less for front struts and $456 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 $13648 to $18687 less than for the Acura MDX.

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