Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport VS 2018 Dodge Journey Near Washington, NC

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2018 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

The Outlander Sport SEL offers optional Forward Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Outlander Sport SEL’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Outlander Sport offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Journey doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Outlander Sport and the Journey 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, available all-wheel drive and daytime running lights.

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

 

Outlander Sport

Journey

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

251

321

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

52%

Leg Forces (l/r)

394/494 lbs.

631/373 lbs.

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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Journey:

 

Outlander Sport

Journey

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

84

98

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

3.43/.93 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

22%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.68/.36

.8/.83

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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Dodge Journey:

 

Outlander Sport

Journey

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

794 lbs.

973 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

807 lbs.

953 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Outlander Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Journey’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Journey. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Journey ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and 40,000 miles longer than the Journey’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Outlander Sport has a standard 530-amp battery. The Journey’s 525-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander Sport ES FWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Journey FWD 4 cyl. (23 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Outlander Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Journey’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Journey.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Outlander Sport SE 4WD handles at .77 G’s, while the Journey AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Journey w/17” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Journey w/19” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 950 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The Outlander Sport is 1 foot, 8.5 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Outlander Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outlander Sport has .8 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo area than the Journey with its rear seat up (21.7 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Outlander Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Journey’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Outlander Sport has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Journey doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Outlander Sport SEL’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Journey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Outlander Sport SEL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Outlander Sport, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “3” insurance rate while the Journey is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander Sport than the Journey, including $958 less for an alternator and $421 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be $2044 to $2164 less than for the Dodge Journey.

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