2020 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Kicks SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Kicks has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outlander Sport only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Kicks SV/SR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Kicks and the Outlander Sport 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 and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Kicks is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Kicks

Outlander Sport

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Kicks is safer than the Outlander Sport:

Kicks

Outlander Sport

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.4/.5 kN

3.43/.93 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.42/.37

.68/.36

Tibia forces R/L

.8/.8 kN

1.9/1.9 kN

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” 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 Kicks the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 105 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Outlander Sport was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Kicks’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander Sport’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Mitsubishi.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Kicks is faster than the Outlander Sport 2.0 4-cylinder:

Kicks

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Kicks

FWD

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Outlander Sport

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Nissan Kicks as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Tires and Wheels

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The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Kicks has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the Outlander Sport SE 4WD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Outlander Sport’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Kicks has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Outlander Sport uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Kicks has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kicks has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander Sport only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 Kicks’ available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Outlander Sport’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Kicks has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Outlander Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/GT.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Kicks has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Kicks owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kicks will cost $955 to $2255 less than the Outlander Sport over a five-year period.

The Kicks will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Kicks will retain 47.01% to 47.03% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander Sport only retains 43.02% to 44.56%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Kicks will be $4095 to $7800 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Kicks outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by 77% during the 2019 model year.

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