2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mitsubishi Outlander are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Outlander and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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 Chevrolet Equinox:

Outlander

Equinox

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

163 G’s

195 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

365

377

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 Equinox was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

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

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Equinox’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).

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 32 points higher than the Equinox.

Engine

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The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 54 more horsepower (224 vs. 170) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

Outlander

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.9 sec

26.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 15.6 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 Equinox doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops shorter than the Equinox:

Outlander

Equinox

70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

127 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 Equinox’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 Equinox.

Suspension and Handling

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The Outlander has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Outlander flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Outlander GT AWC handles at .78 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 6.8 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.5 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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

The Outlander has 25 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (128.2 vs. 103.2).

The Outlander has .6 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

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

Outlander

Equinox

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

29.9 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Equinox’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Equinox’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 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 Equinox’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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 costs extra on the Equinox and isn’t available on the Equinox L/LS.

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 Equinox is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $300 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Equinox, including $26 less for a water pump, $641 less for a muffler, $139 less for front brake pads, $46 less for a starter, $169 less for fuel injection, $111 less for a fuel pump, $306 less for a timing belt/chain and $36 less for a power steering pump.

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