Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport VS 2018 Hyundai Tucson Near Washington, NC

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2018 Hyundai Tucson

Safety Comparison

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 Tucson doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Outlander Sport and the Tucson 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and lane departure warning systems.

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 Hyundai Tucson:


Outlander Sport



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

55 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

807 lbs.

1028 lbs.

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

Engine Comparison

The Outlander Sport SE/SEL’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (168 vs. 164) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (167 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Outlander Sport ES 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Tucson SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):


Outlander Sport


Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.7 MPH

80.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander Sport ES 4WD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson SE AWD (23 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/26 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outlander Sport stops shorter than the Tucson:


Outlander Sport



60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

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 Tucson SE/Eco’s standard 60 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 Tucson SE/Eco.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For greater off-road capability the Outlander Sport has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8.5 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Outlander Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Outlander Sport is 4.3 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the Outlander Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outlander Sport has .1 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.

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 Tucson’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 Tucson’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 Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Tucson is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Outlander Sport than the Tucson, including $118 less for an alternator.

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