In comparing the Mitsubishi Outlander's and the Subaru Forester's specifications and ratings, the Mitsubishi Outlander has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Subaru Forester has the advantage in the areas of reliability, resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Mitsubishi Outlander's and the Subaru Forester's specifications and ratings, the Subaru Forester is a better car than the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Subaru Forester Pricing
A used 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander ranges from $29,239 to $41,388 while a used 2024 Subaru Forester is priced between $32,328 to $39,960. For a new model, the Mitsubishi Outlander's price is between $30,776 and $41,477, with the Subaru Forester priced between $31,269 and $40,141.
Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Subaru Forester Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Mitsubishi Outlander loses 46.1 percent of its value and the Subaru Forester loses 38.4 percent of its value. This means the Subaru Forester retains 7.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Subaru Forester Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mitsubishi Outlander is 8.2 out of 10 while the Subaru Forester's quality rating is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Mitsubishi Outlander being ranked 10 out of 19 Best Small SUVs and the Subaru Forester being ranked 4 out of 19. Out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs, the Mitsubishi Outlander is ranked 22 and the Subaru Forester is ranked 7.
Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Subaru Forester Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Mitsubishi Outlander is 7.9 out of 10. For the Subaru Forester the reliability rating is 8.6 out of 10. This gives the Subaru Forester a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Mitsubishi Outlander’s base engine makes 181 horsepower, and the Subaru Forester base engine makes 182 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the Subaru Forester has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The Mitsubishi Outlander has the advantage in the area of rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Subaru Forester has higher safety ratings than the Mitsubishi Outlander, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.42 out of 5 Stars.
The Outlander and Forester are both compact crossovers but they are quite different in
design and function. The Mitsubishi Outlander presents a large, more traditional SUV
profile with three rows of seating and a single engine choice that’s adequate but far from
appealing regarding power and fuel efficiency. Previous Outlanders offered a plug-in
hybrid option that will likely return but isn’t currently available on the latest model. The
Subaru Forester is a small, almost wagon-like SUV with standard with all-wheel drive
versus the Outlander’s standard front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is available). Both
small SUVs offer an impressive list of standard features, comfortable seats and a
capable chassis for light off-roading. The Forester is more car-like in its look and feel,
the Outlander is more traditional SUV-like, with that extra row of seats being the biggest