Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander VS 2018 Ford Explorer Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Ford Explorer

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 Explorer offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Outlander and the Explorer 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Explorer:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

13 cm

Chest Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Evaluation



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 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Explorer was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

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 Explorer’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 Ford covers the Explorer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Explorer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability Comparison

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto



17 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto


2.4 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/29 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


3.0 V6/6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outlander stops shorter than the Explorer:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 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 Explorer Base/XLT’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the Explorer Base/XLT/Limited’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.9 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the Explorer Sport’s (34.8 feet vs. 40 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Explorer (8.5 vs. 7.8 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 1050 to 1300 pounds less than the Ford Explorer.

The Outlander is 1 foot, 1.5 inches shorter than the Explorer, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Outlander is 7.6 inches narrower than the Explorer, making the Outlander easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Outlander GT AWC is quieter than the Explorer Sport 4WD (69 vs. 70 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Explorer doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Explorer’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 Explorer and isn’t available on the Explorer Base.

The Outlander’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Explorer Base doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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 Explorer 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 Explorer because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Explorer, including $505 less for a water pump, $488 less for an alternator, $82 less for a starter, $41 less for fuel injection, $59 less for front struts, $428 less for a timing belt/chain and $579 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 $4452 to $11536 less than for the Ford Explorer.

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