2020 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Pathfinder 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 Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

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 Pathfinder are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Outlander doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Compared to metal, the Pathfinder’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a metal gas tank.

The Pathfinder (except S) offers optional NissanConnect Services, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Outlander doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Pathfinder and the Outlander 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Nissan Pathfinder weighs 705 to 1330 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

Pathfinder

Outlander

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

25 lbs.

90 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

248

251

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

43%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

91 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 Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander:

Pathfinder

Outlander

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

163

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

457 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

349

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

794 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

338

365

Hip Force

661 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Pathfinder’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander’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 Pathfinder’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Pathfinder’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Outlander’s camshafts. If the Outlander’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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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The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 118 more horsepower (284 vs. 166) and 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (284 vs. 224) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Pathfinder uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pathfinder has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Pathfinder has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 16.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Pathfinder’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander:

Pathfinder

Outlander

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.9 inches

The Pathfinder’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Outlander are solid, not vented.

The Pathfinder stops shorter than the Outlander:

Pathfinder

Outlander

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Pathfinder has larger standard tires than the Outlander (235/65R18 vs. 225/55R18). The Pathfinder SV/SL’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander (255/60R18 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Pathfinder 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 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Pathfinder has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Outlander; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Pathfinder 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 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pathfinder’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the Outlander (114.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 5.1 inches wider in the front and 5.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

Passenger Space

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The Pathfinder has 25.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander (154 vs. 128.2).

The Pathfinder has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 4.2 inches more front hip room, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, 4.1 inches more rear hip room, 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.1 inches more third row headroom, 2.5 inches more third row legroom, 2.6 inches more third row hip room and 6.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Outlander.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The Outlander’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

Pathfinder

Outlander

Behind Third Seat

16.2 cubic feet

10.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.4 cubic feet

34.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79.5 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Pathfinder. The Outlander doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pathfinder’s liftgate can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Pathfinder’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (6000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Pathfinder SL/Platinum, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the front windows are left open on the Pathfinder the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Outlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

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

When the Pathfinder SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Outlander’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Pathfinder and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Pathfinder SL/Platinum also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Pathfinder Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Outlander doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Nissan Pathfinder offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Outlander doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because typical repairs cost less on the Pathfinder than the Outlander, including $34 less for a fuel pump and $29 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by 61% during 2019.

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