2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

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Safety

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Both the Outlander and the Acadia 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 GMC Acadia:

Outlander

Acadia

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

251

403

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

91 lbs.

186 lbs.

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

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 GMC Acadia:

Outlander

Acadia

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

794 lbs.

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

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Acadia’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 45 points higher than the Acadia.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia:

Outlander

Acadia

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/27 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/29 hwy

n/a

3.0 V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

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 Acadia doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops shorter than the Acadia:

Outlander

Acadia

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 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 Acadia’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 Acadia.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Acadia’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (8.5 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Outlander’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (8.5 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 800 pounds less than the GMC Acadia.

The Outlander is 8.6 inches shorter than the Acadia, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The rear step up height for the Outlander is 1.2 inches lower than the Acadia (17.8” vs. 19”).

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

Towing

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The Outlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes 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 Acadia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Acadia’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

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 Acadia 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 Acadia because it costs $227 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Acadia, including $23 less for a water pump, $222 less for a muffler, $107 less for front brake pads, $8 less for fuel injection, $652 less for a timing belt/chain and $532 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 $3098 to $8139 less than for the GMC Acadia.

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