2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Dodge Journey

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Safety

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The Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT has standard Forward Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Outlander offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Journey doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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

The Outlander (except ES)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Outlander (except ES)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Outlander and the Journey 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Journey:

Outlander

Journey

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

251

321

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

52%

Leg Forces (l/r)

394/494 lbs.

631/373 lbs.

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 Journey:

Outlander

Journey

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

81

98

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

4.83/1.55 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

3%/0%

22%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.63/.33

.8/.83

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 Journey:

Outlander

Journey

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

794 lbs.

972 lbs.

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

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

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 54 points higher than the Journey.

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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The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 52 more horsepower (224 vs. 172) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 165) than the Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander FWD CVT 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Journey (25 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

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 Dodge Journey (3). This means the Outlander produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Journey every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the Outlander offers optional Sportronic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. Sportronic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Journey doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

A six-speed automatic is standard on the Mitsubishi Outlander GT, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a four-speed automatic is available for the Journey.

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 Journey doesn’t offer a CVT.

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 Journey SE Value’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 Journey SE Value.

Suspension and Handling

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The Outlander SEL AWC handles at .77 G’s, while the Journey AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Journey SE Value’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Journey Crossroad’s (34.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The Outlander is 7.6 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Outlander has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (128.2 vs. 121.7).

The Outlander has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 4.8 inches more third row legroom and 6.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity

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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 Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Outlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Journey’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Dodge Journey is only 1000 pounds. The Outlander offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Journey’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 Journey’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Journey 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 Journey’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 Journey’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Outlander (except ES/SE/LE/SP) offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Outlander, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

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 Journey 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 Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Journey, including $1053 less for a muffler, $53 less for front brake pads, $2 less for a starter, $113 less for a fuel pump, $88 less for front struts and $420 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander will be $1300 to $3495 less than for the Dodge Journey.

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