2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Both the Outlander and the RX Series 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 Lexus RX Series:

Outlander

RX Series

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

208

265

Neck Injury Risk

29%

42%

Neck Stress

412 lbs.

546 lbs.

Neck Compression

90 lbs.

135 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

334/511 lbs.

499/536 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

43%

53%

Neck Stress

221 lbs.

290 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Lexus RX Series:

Outlander

RX Series

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

44 G’s

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 RX Series has not been fully tested, yet.

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 RX Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lexus covers the RX Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the RX Series ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RX Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 49 percent more Mitsubishi dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Outlander’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander GT AWC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350 AWD (20 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Outlander GT for maximum performance). The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops shorter than the RX Series:

Outlander

RX Series

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 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 RX Series’ standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (34.8 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (8.5 vs. 8.2 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 900 to 1150 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The Outlander is 7.7 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Outlander

RX Series

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

18.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

63.3 cubic feet

56.3 cubic feet

Towing

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The Outlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Outlander will cost $340 less than the RX Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the RX Series, including $699 less for a water pump, $301 less for a muffler, $54 less for front brake pads, $338 less for a starter, $14 less for fuel injection, $1506 less for a timing belt/chain and $1532 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 $8815 to $13291 less than for the Lexus RX Series.

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