2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Subaru Ascent

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Safety

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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 Ascent 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.

Both the Outlander and the Ascent have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

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

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

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops shorter than the Ascent:

Outlander

Ascent

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

125 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 Ascent’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Ascent’s (34.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1100 pounds less than the Subaru Ascent.

The Outlander is 12 inches shorter than the Ascent, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Outlander GT AWC is quieter than the Ascent Touring (39 vs. 40 dB).

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

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 Ascent’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Ascent’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Ascent Premium/Limited/Touring.

Model Availability

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The Outlander is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Ascent doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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 $190 less than the Ascent over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Ascent because it costs $82 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Ascent, including $16 less for a water pump, $13 less for front brake pads, $167 less for a starter and $305 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander will be $1964 to $2088 less than for the Subaru Ascent.

Recommendations

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The Mitsubishi Outlander outsold the Subaru Ascent by 15% during 2018.

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