2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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Safety

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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 Pathfinder doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Outlander and the Pathfinder have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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 Nissan Pathfinder:

Outlander

Pathfinder

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

208

337

Neck Injury Risk

29%

42%

Neck Stress

412 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

334/511 lbs.

516/475 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 Nissan Pathfinder:

Outlander

Pathfinder

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

42 G’s

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

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

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Pathfinder’s (7 vs. 5 years).

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 27 points higher than the Pathfinder.

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops shorter than the Pathfinder:

Outlander

Pathfinder

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

124 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 Pathfinder S/SV/SL’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Outlander GT AWC handles at .78 G’s, while the Pathfinder Platinum 4x4 pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Outlander SEL AWC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Pathfinder Platinum 4x4 (28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

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

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Pathfinder (8.5 vs. 7 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 950 to 1100 pounds less than the Nissan Pathfinder.

The Outlander is 1 foot, 1.7 inches shorter than the Pathfinder, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Outlander is 6 inches narrower than the Pathfinder, making the Outlander easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Outlander is 1 inches lower than the Pathfinder (18” vs. 19”). The Outlander’s rear step up height is 3 inches lower than the Pathfinder’s (17.8” vs. 20.8”).

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Pathfinder’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 Pathfinder’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s power windows, only the front windows open or 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 Pathfinder S’ standard 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 Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Pathfinder doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Pathfinder and aren’t offered on the Pathfinder S.

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 Pathfinder 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 Pathfinder because it costs $463 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Pathfinder, including $63 less for a water pump, $284 less for a muffler, $21 less for front brake pads, $220 less for a starter, $128 less for fuel injection, $445 less for a timing belt/chain and $49 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 $5755 to $7303 less than for the Nissan Pathfinder.

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