Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safety Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Outlander doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Santa Fe Sport offers an optional Multi-view Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outlander 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.

Compared to metal, the Santa Fe Sport’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 Santa Fe Sport offers an optional Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 Santa Fe Sport and the Outlander 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, 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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe Sport its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Outlander was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport’s 7 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Outlander runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Santa Fe Sport’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (185 vs. 166) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (240 vs. 224) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

 

Santa Fe Sport

Outlander

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Santa Fe Sport has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Santa Fe Sport

Outlander

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The Santa Fe Sport stops shorter than the Outlander:

 

Santa Fe Sport

Outlander

 

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Santa Fe Sport has larger tires than the Outlander (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outlander’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe Sport’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Outlander (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe Sport is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outlander.

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD handles at .80 G’s, while the Outlander SEL AWC pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has .4 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 3.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outlander with its rear seat folded (71.5 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe Sport’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outlander doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Santa Fe Sport’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, 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.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

The power windows standard on both the Santa Fe Sport and the Outlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Santa Fe Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outlander prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard front power windows open 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 Outlander’s front passenger window doesn’t open automatically. The Santa Fe Sport’s optional front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes.

The Outlander’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Santa Fe Sport’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when the transmission is engaged. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Santa Fe 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 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 Santa Fe Sport’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Outlander’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

The Santa Fe 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. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Outlander has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GT.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Sport 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.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the Outlander offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Santa Fe Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outlander doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe Sport owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Santa Fe Sport will cost $625 less than the Outlander over a five-year period.

The Santa Fe Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Santa Fe Sport will retain 46.18% to 47.26% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander only retains 35% to 41.71%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe Sport is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe Sport than the Outlander, including $201 less for a water pump, $13 less for front brake pads, $60 less for a starter, $130 less for fuel injection, $303 less for a fuel pump and $111 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Santa Fe Sport

Outlander

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by almost four to one during 2017.

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