2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Mitigation optional in the Outlander as “Superior.” The Durango scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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 Durango 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 Durango 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, 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 Dodge Durango:

Outlander

Durango

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

34%

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Durango:

Outlander

Durango

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

81

119

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

4.83/1.55 kN

5.3/2.5 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

3%/0%

6%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.63/.33

1.53/.59

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 Dodge Durango:

Outlander

Durango

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.1 inches

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 Durango was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

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

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and 40,000 miles longer than the Durango’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Outlander have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

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 42 points higher than the Durango.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6 is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6:

Outlander

Durango

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

8.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander GT AWC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango Dual Exhaust 4x4 3.6 V6 (295 HP) (20 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

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 Durango doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops much shorter than the Durango:

Outlander

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

160 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 Durango SXT/GT’s standard 60 series tires.

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 Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Outlander GT AWC handles at .78 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the Durango’s (34.8 feet vs. 41 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (8.5 vs. 8.1 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 1350 to 1850 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Outlander is 1 foot, 4.4 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Outlander has .7 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the Durango.

The front step up height for the Outlander is 2.5 inches lower than the Durango (18” vs. 20.5”). The Outlander’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Durango’s (17.8” vs. 20.6”).

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 Durango doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Durango’s parking brake has to released manually.

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

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 Durango’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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 Durango 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 Durango because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Durango, including $140 less for a muffler, $53 less for front brake pads, $78 less for a starter, $184 less for front struts, $429 less for a timing belt/chain and $94 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 $3275 to $7584 less than for the Dodge Durango.

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