2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Acura RDX

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Safety

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Both the Outlander and the RDX 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Acura RDX:

Outlander

RDX

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

208

300

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 RDX’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 RDX. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the RDX ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the RDX’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 43 points higher than the RDX.

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.

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 RDX doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops much shorter than the RDX:

Outlander

RDX

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the RDX’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RDX (8.5 vs. 8.2 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 450 to 500 pounds less than the Acura RDX.

Passenger Space

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

The Outlander has 24.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RDX (128.2 vs. 104).

The Outlander has 1 inch more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear hip room than the RDX.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Outlander

RDX

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

31.1 cubic feet

Towing

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

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 RDX 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 RDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the RDX, including $121 less for a muffler, $224 less for front brake pads, $141 less for a starter, $26 less for front struts and $614 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 $7100 to $8694 less than for the Acura RDX.

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