Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander VS 2018 Acura MDX Near Washington, NC

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Acura MDX

Safety Comparison

Both the Outlander and the MDX 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 MDX’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Acura covers the MDX. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the MDX ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

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

There are over 33 percent more Mitsubishi dealers than there are Acura dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Outlander’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander GT AWC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the MDX with Start/Stop SH-AWD V6 (20 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Outlander GT for maximum performance). The MDX requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outlander stops shorter than the MDX:





70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

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 MDX’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the MDX’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (8.5 vs. 7.3 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 650 to 850 pounds less than the Acura MDX.

The Outlander is 11.4 inches shorter than the MDX, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Outlander is 6.5 inches narrower than the MDX, making the Outlander easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outlander has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more third row headroom and .1 inches more third row legroom than the MDX.

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 MDX doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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 MDX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the MDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the MDX, including $242 less for an alternator, $228 less for a starter, $24 less for front struts and $722 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander will be $13185 to $17894 less than for the Acura MDX.

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