2018 Mitsubishi Outlander vs Mazda CX-5

Specs at a Glance

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Roadside Assistance

  5yr. / unlimited

Fuel Capacity

  16.6 gal.


2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5

Roadside Assistance

  3yr. / 36,000 mi.

Fuel Capacity

  14.8 gal.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a mid-size crossover SUV that’s built for adventure-minded families. Seven seats are available in this spacious vehicle that comes in five trims. Also having a mid-size platform, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a five-seat vehicle that offers three trims. The MIVEC powertrain and Super All-Wheel Control give the Outlander more bragging rights than the CX-5 in performance and handling.

Capabilities

Operating on the MIVEC technology, a 2.4 L engine has entry-level classification in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline, this four-cylinder engine whips out 166 horsepower and just more than 160 pound-feet of torque. Also flaunting the MIVEC label, the 3.0 L V6 engine unleashes up to 224 hp and 215 lb-ft. This six-cylinder engine yields such an output only when using premium unleaded gasoline. Standard in the 2018 Mazda CX-5, a 2.5 L engine with the SKYACTIV-G badge generates 187 hp and 186 lb-ft. This signature engine can only handle a maximum towing load of 2,000 pounds. The 2018 Outlander is strong enough to tow up to 3,500 pounds with a trailer tongue weight of 350 pounds. Snow, mud, grass and asphalt are some of the surfaces that Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control can handle. Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD isn’t as dynamic and responsive as the S-AWC system that comes with multiple settings. For example, you could select the LOCK Mode to optimize traction for off-road trekking. The S-AWC may also run on the ECO Mode and Normal Mode in suburbs and cities. During a winter storm, you’ll want to the turn on the SNOW Mode.

Interior

Having a power-adjustable design with eight settings, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander driver’s seat is available with premium leather and stitching. Spacious enough for up to three passengers, the second-row seats have a 60/40 design with independent motions for sliding and reclining. Two passengers can sit in the third row, which has 50/50 seats that could be folded flat. Depending on the seating configurations, the 2018 Outlander has a maximum passenger volume of 128.2 cubic feet and cargo capacity of 63.3 cubic feet. With its second-row seats folded, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 can’t hold more than 59.6 cubic feet of cargo. This Mazda isn’t available with more than five seats, so the Outlander is a much more appealing car if you prioritize interior space. This premium Mitsubishi works exclusively with the FAST-KEY technology that’s paired with a push button start. When it comes to climate control, both crossover SUVs have dual zones with automatic adjustments. Heating is also available for the comfortable front seats in these family cars.

Digital Technology

Featuring nine speakers, the Rockford Fosgate audio system is available in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. A 10.0-inch subwoofer with dual coils is included in this signature sound system. When operating at full intensity, the Rockford Fosgate speakers release up to 710 watts of pure acoustic power. You’ll enjoy crystal-clear quality as the DTS Neutral Sound and Dolby Volume work in sync. Additionally, the Digital Signal Processing technology prevents any loss of quality from the HD Radio and SiriusXM receivers. The 10-speaker Bose audio system in the 2018 Mazda CX-5 offers good acoustics, but the Rockford Fosgate sound system is tough to beat. Nevertheless, this Mazda offers extra streaming options on Aha, Pandora and Stitcher. Both crossover SUVs support wireless Bluetooth and USB 2.0 connections.

Plan a visit to our Mitsubishi dealership with your entire family. When you take a test drive in the 2018 Outlander, you’ll understand how it beats the 2018 Mazda CX-5 in capabilities, comfort and technology.