Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota Vanguard are two great SUVs that are worth considering when planning on buying a small SUV. These two cars have been earning the trust of their owners as the go-to car when they plan their trips. Here we are going to compare these two cars to see what’s hidden beneath the bonnet and body. We will take a look at the interior, exterior, engine, and practicality in trying to assist you in arriving at that informed decision.
Mitsubishi Outlander vs Toyota Vanguard Side-By-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of February 2021.)
Mitsubishi Outlander Toyota Vanguard
Generations 3 (CU, CW, and GF) 1 (ACA33W, ACA38W, GSA33W)
Production Year 2001 to Present 2007 - 2013
Performance 125 HP - 217 HP 170 HP - 280 HP
Fuel Consumption 10.2 KM/L - 17.9 KM/L 9.26 KM/L - 14.49 KM/L
Drivetrain FWD and 4WD FWD or 4WD
Key Features -Alloy wheels, rear spoiler, airbags, AC, Radio Push Start, Rear Spoiler, ESC, Power Steering, A/C, Airbag,
Back Camera, Alloy Wheels, Power Window, ABS
Seating Capacity 5 - 7 Passengers 5 - 7 Passengers
BE FORWARD price US$ 1690 - US$ 25,760 US$ 3760 - US$ 16,070
The Outlander’s cabin is spacious, well designed, and finished. The Outlander comes as a five or seven-seat car, with the standard ES trim featuring manually (powered on high-end models) adjustable front seats covered in cloth upholstery (leather is an option on high-end models). The 7-seater Outlander has a three-row seating arrangement that can accommodate 7 passengers. There is enough legroom, knee, and foot room for the front and mid-row passengers while the back seats are more suitable for kids as they do not have enough space.
The modern steering wheel (with audio and driving controls) and gear shift are covered in leather, above the steering, there is a digital display (displays odometer, coolant temperature, gear selection, fuel gauge, trip meter, outdoor temperature) that sits between two (speedometer & tachometer) round analog meters within the easy to read binnacle with white reflective and well-lit marks.
At the top of the center console, there is an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers (high-end models come with a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system), HD Radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Outlander has several storage compartments such as the glove box, cup holders for all passengers (with six occupants), and bottle holders on the doors. The cargo area with the car fully occupied has a capacity of 292-liters, with the third-row seat folded down flat the cargo area increases to 968-liters. With all rear seats folded down flat, you get a maximum of 1792-liters of cargo space.
The Outlander has great exterior looks, from the LED headlights on the sides of the grille with silver trimmed twin-blades with black mesh inserts, to the elegantly designed front bumper underneath with fog lights attached on far ends of either side. The LED daytime running lights feature adds that cream on top. The Outlander comes fitted with heated rear side-view mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, while at the rear you find a bumper that is nicely designed and an optional power remote liftgate at the rear.
The Outlander has outstanding safety ratings when it comes to frontal crash, rollover, and front crash prevention, but apart from that it comes fitted with several safety technologies such as blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, multi-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams headlights.
The Vanguard is a 5 or 7-seater, with the five-seat Vanguard capable of accomodating three passengers comfortably in the backseat, with the front passengers sitting comfortably as well with all passengers enjoying ample headroom, legroom, knee room, and feet room. For the 7-seater, the two rear seats do not offer enough space, adults will struggle for legroom, knee, and foot room.
There is enough space for luggage in the cargo area, but there’s also lots of extra storage space in the cabin, too. Beneath the cargo area, there is a floor for storing the tonneau cover when not in use, keeping things organized and neat. There are two glove boxes in front, a bin between the front seats, door pockets, netted pockets behind the front seats, and six cupholders.
The Vanguard has an inviting and appealing exterior. At the front, the Vanguard is fitted with contoured headlights that blend well with the grille, with a smooth well-rounded bumper underneath with driving lights attached on both of its ends.
At the rear, the taillights blend perfectly with the back end, while on the sides the body lines flow well with the painted rear-view mirrors. The Vanguard comes fitted with 17” alloy rims.
The Vanguard is a safe car, received the maximum score of 5-stars for safety from the NHTS for its performance in side-impact crash tests. It also received 4-stars overall for its front and rollover crash safety. The Vanguard also received the 2nd highest rating of Acceptable for roof strength and Good in all other areas tested by IIHS. Some of the safety technologies on the Vanguard include stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), antilock brakes (ABS), two-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags, front passenger and driver airbags, and dual front seat-mounted side airbags with brake assist.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
The Mitsubishi Outlander comes fitted with either a 4-cylinder engine, 6-cylinder engine, or a hybrid (PHEV). Below we listed some of these engines and their brief specifications.
-The inline 2.4-liter (MIVEC) 4-cylinder 4B12 petrol produces 170 HP with average fuel consumption of 12.8 KM/L.
-The inline 2.4-liter (S-MIVEC) 4-cylinder 4J12 MPI Petrol produces 166 HP with average fuel consumption of 14 KM/L.
-The inline 2.2-liter (DiD Turbo Diesel) 4-cylinder 4N14 produces 147 HP with average fuel consumption of 18 KM/L.
-The 3.0-liter (SOHC MIVEC V6) 6-cylinder 6B31produces 217 HP with average fuel consumption of 10.2 KM/L.
-The hybrid PHEV Outlander utilizes three drive modes from its twin electric motors (one in the rear and one in front) coupled with a highly efficient petrol engine with an average consumption of 17.8 KM/L.
These engines transmit power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual INVECS-III CVT, 6-speed automatic, and 6-speed twin-clutch SST automatic transmission.
The Vanguard comes with only two engine options, the 240S and 350S. Below are their brief specifications.
-The 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (2AZ) petrol engine produces 170 HP and average fuel consumption of 12.98 KM/L.
-The 3.5-liter 6-cylinder (2GR) petrol engine produces 280 HP and average fuel consumption of 9.43 KM/L.
The Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota Vanguard are almost like the same car but different brands as they are so even! These two cars are available in both 5 and 7-seaters, they both offer great comfort for adults sitting in the first two rows, with the third row not recommended for adults. They are both great cars for on and offroad, great cars for large families, and they both have good ground clearance.
Our conclusion is that these two are versatile and functional cars that will be a great buy for small and large families. If you’ll be taking them offroad then you better consider the 4WD option as they offer better handling and offroad capabilities.
Written by: Samuel Mponezya