2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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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 GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Outlander and the Terrain 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 GMC Terrain:

Outlander

Terrain

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

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Terrain’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 Terrain.

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.

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 Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Terrain 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 Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 15.6 gallons).

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 GMC Terrain (3 to 5). This means the Outlander produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Terrain every 15,000 miles.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops much shorter than the Terrain:

Outlander

Terrain

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 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 Terrain’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 Terrain.

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

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 6.8 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (8.5 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Outlander’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the Terrain SLT/Denali (8.5 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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

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

The Outlander has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity

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

Outlander

Terrain

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

29.6 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 Terrain’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

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 Terrain’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 Terrain’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 Terrain and isn’t available on the Terrain SL.

The Outlander’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Outlander SEL/GT’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain, 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 $148 less for a power steering pump.

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