2020 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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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 Rogue Sport 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.

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

The Rogue Sport (except S)’s optional 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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Rogue Sport SL has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, 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 Rogue Sport 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 and around view monitors.

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

Rogue Sport

Outlander

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

29%

Neck Stress

224 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

71 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

163/130 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Rogue Sport’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 Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Rogue Sport’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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Rogue Sport

Outlander

2WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

25 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

24 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Rogue Sport’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 Rogue Sport stops shorter than the Outlander:

Rogue Sport

Outlander

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

149 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outlander’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

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The Rogue Sport has 1.9 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Rogue Sport SV/SL, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rogue Sport 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.

The Rogue Sport 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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT.

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Rogue Sport owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Rogue Sport will cost $355 less than the Outlander over a five-year period.

The Rogue Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Rogue Sport will retain 44.23% to 44.58% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander only retains 39.2% to 43.49%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue Sport will be $2734 to $6188 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mitsubishi Outlander isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over 9 to one during the 2019 model year.

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