Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Outlander doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Outlander doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the Outlander 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The CR-V’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the CR-V’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Outlander’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (184 vs. 166) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

10 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander:







4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

25 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./Auto


Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy




4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

24 city/29 hwy

4 cyl./Auto


Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/33 hwy

20 city/27 hwy


To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Outlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Outlander:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Outlander (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outlander.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The CR-V is 4.2 inches shorter than the Outlander, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Outlander doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Outlander doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has .4 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 3.1 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Outlander 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.2 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outlander with all its rear seats folded (75.8 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outlander doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Outlander doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Outlander doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outlander’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Outlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Outlander’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The CR-V’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the CR-V and the Outlander offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outlander doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $485 less than the Outlander over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander only retains 35% to 41.71%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $477 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Outlander, including $301 less for a water pump, $15 less for an alternator, $45 less for front brake pads, $102 less for fuel injection, $417 less for a fuel pump, $63 less for a timing belt/chain and $23 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $3133 to $4496 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outlander isn’t in the top three.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over 11 to one during the 2017 model year.

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