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

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

The Outlander SEL/GT 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 SEL/GT’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 offers optional Front and Rear Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Journey doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Outlander SEL/GT’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Outlander (except ES/SE)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

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 is safer than the Journey:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

24 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

4.83/1.55 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

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

Engine Comparison

The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 51 more horsepower (224 vs. 173) and 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto




17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


2.4 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/29 hwy




3.0 V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

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 Journey’s standard 65 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Outlander SEL AWC 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’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Journey w/17” wheels’ (34.8 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Outlander’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 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The Outlander is 7.6 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outlander has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (128.2 vs. 121.7).

The Outlander has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 4.8 inches more third row legroom and 7.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Outlander (except ES/SE) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

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 Outlander’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Journey’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Outlander SEL/GT offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Outlander, 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 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Journey is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Journey, including $1004 less for an alternator, $28 less for front brake pads, $96 less for a starter, $111 less for front struts and $421 less for a timing belt/chain.

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