Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander VS 2017 Toyota Highlander Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2017 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

Both the Outlander and the Highlander 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

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

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Highlander’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 39 more horsepower (224 vs. 185) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 184) than the Highlander’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

2.7 4 cyl./Auto


2.4 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/29 hwy



3.0 V6/6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto



20 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto


20 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outlander stops much shorter than the Highlander:





70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Highlander’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Outlander SEL AWC handles at .77 G’s, while the Highlander LE pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Highlander’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander (8.5 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 1050 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander.

The Outlander is 7.7 inches shorter than the Highlander, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Outlander is 1.3 inches lower than the Highlander (18” vs. 19.3”). The Outlander’s rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the Highlander’s (17.8” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Outlander has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Highlander doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Outlander offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Highlander doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Outlander ES/SE’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Highlander’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Outlander has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Highlander.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Highlander is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Highlander because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Highlander, including $40 less for a water pump, $764 less for an alternator, $182 less for a starter, $133 less for fuel injection, $228 less for a fuel pump, $412 less for front struts and $1267 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 will be $42 to $2924 less than for the Toyota Highlander.

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