Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Near Atlanta, GA

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Pathfinder are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Pathfinder are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Outlander doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outlander only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Compared to metal, the Pathfinder’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a metal gas tank.

The Pathfinder (except S) offers optional NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or 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 Pathfinder 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Nissan Pathfinder weighs 666 to 1310 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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

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

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Pathfinder’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 Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 118 more horsepower (284 vs. 166) and 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (284 vs. 224) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 215) than the Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Pathfinder has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Pathfinder has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 16.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Pathfinder’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander:

 

Pathfinder

Outlander

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.9 inches

The Pathfinder’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Outlander are solid, not vented.

The Pathfinder stops shorter than the Outlander:

 

Pathfinder

Outlander

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

149 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Pathfinder has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Outlander doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Outlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pathfinder’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the Outlander (114.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 5.1 inches wider in the front and 5.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 29.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander (157.8 vs. 128.2).

The Pathfinder has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 4.2 inches more front hip room, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room, 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.1 inches more third row headroom, 2.5 inches more third row legroom, 2.6 inches more third row hip room and 5.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Outlander.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The Outlander’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder’s cargo area provides more volume than the Outlander.

 

Pathfinder

Outlander

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

10.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.8 cubic feet

34.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

63.3 cubic feet

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pathfinder’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, 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 Pathfinder SL/Platinum, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’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 front windows are left down on the Pathfinder the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Outlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Outlander’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Pathfinder’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors 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 Pathfinder 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 Pathfinder has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Pathfinder SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Outlander’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Pathfinder and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Pathfinder SL/Platinum also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Pathfinder Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Outlander doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Pathfinder and the Outlander offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Pathfinder 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.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Outlander, including $35 less for a water pump, $14 less for front brake pads, $250 less for a fuel pump and $44 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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