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Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 is credited with starting the compact crossover segment, but at several points in the segment’s history, the Outlander defined it. Today, both the Mitsubishi and the Toyota are also unique in that they both offer a plug-in hybrid option. The Outlander PHEV has been on the market for several years while the RAV4 Prime entered dealer showrooms just a couple of years ago. The latest Outlander lost its hybrid drivetrain, though it’s expected to return. Outside of those similarities, however, the Mitsubishi and Toyota are apples and oranges. The Outlander made its name as the low-cost option for those not interested in flair or pricey accoutrements. And the Mitsubishi offers a small third-row seat the current RAV4 lacks. The Toyota made its name on reliability, upscale appeal, and versatility. That general comparison holds true up to the newest generation of each, which are far closer to one another in most areas.

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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander

2022 Toyota RAV4

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,278 - $39,016

Used Asking Price:

$20,298 - $26,596

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,174 - $38,311

Used Asking Price:

$25,898 - $37,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

34.7%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

9.6 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

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Summary Review

The Outlander from Mitsubishi is a compact SUV with seating for up to 7 people. It was redesigned for 2022 with substantial improvements to its interior quality, refinement and overall execution, though engine power remains adequate at best. Previous Outlanders were offered in three basic flavors: the Outlander Sport, a smaller, two-row model, the Outlander, a somewhat larger three-row version, and the Outlander PHEV, a plug-in hybrid option. The previous Outlander and Outlander Sport models were introduced in 2011, and the Outlander PHEV was introduced in 2014. New models of the Mitsubishi Outlander cost an average of $32,039 and 3-year-old models average $18,676.

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Summary Review

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover with seating for five. The current Toyota RAV4 was redesigned for the 2019 model year, with new models averaging $31,101 and 3-year-old models averaging $23,510.

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Pros and Cons

  • Seven passenger capacity
  • Low price point
  • Plug-in hybrid availability

  • Unrefined, underpowered driving dynamics
  • Low-grade interior materials until 2022 model

Pros and Cons

  • Reputation for durability
  • Gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models available
  • Rugged SUV-like capability with the TRD Pro Off-Road trim

  • Lackluster driving experience
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto late to arrive
  • Cumbersome touchscreen controls

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

SEL Black Edition, Black Edition, SEL, SE, ES

Trim Levels

Limited, TRD Off-Road, XLE, Adventure, LE, XLE Premium

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.55 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

181 foot-lbs @ 3600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 5000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.060 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 35 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 508 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.9 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

11.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

79.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

137.2 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.4 inches

Cargo Space:

37.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

69.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

136.4 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3593 lbs

Width:

84.4 inches

Height:

68.7 inches

Length:

185.4 inches

Wheelbase:

106.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3380 lbs

Width:

73 inches

Height:

67 inches

Length:

180.9 inches

Wheelbase:

105.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P235/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/65R17