2018 Mitsubishi Outlander vs Toyota Highlander

Specs at a Glance

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP *

  $26,145

MPG **

  25 / 30


2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

MSRP *

  $31,230

MPG **

  21 / 27

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is an economic choice in the crossover category. Good base features and all-wheel drive availability on all trims allow it to stand out from the usual suspects. How does it stand up to its Toyota Highlander rival in the three-row crossover category? Let’s investigate in this comparison.

Solid Base Features

The Outlander has a solid list of base features, whether standard or available, is part of what helps it stand out from the crowd. The 2.4 liter inline four puts out 166 horsepower and is the standard engine on every trim level. This engine allows it to get 30 mpg on the highway and 25 in the city. The Highlander carries a similar fuel-efficient engine is a 2.7 liter, but it only delivers 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. This engine is also only standard on the base Highlander trim and is paired with front-wheel drive. If you want a fuel-efficient engine and four-wheel drive, then the Outlander can deliver both in the base trim, or in any other trim.

Another element of base flexibility for the Outlander is that its third row seats can fold into the floor. This immediately delivers much increased cargo room. The Highlander also has a third row of seats, but they do not fold into the floor. The base features extend into creature comforts as well. The Outlander offers dual zone air conditioning as a standard feature, which allows driver and passenger to choose different temperature settings.

Suspension and Handling

Mitsubishi equipped with CVT is geared specifically towards stop and go situations, which is what many buyers dealing with city traffic are looking for. Unlike many of its competitors in this category, the Outlander offers competence off the road as well. The ground clearance is slightly higher than the Highlander at 8.5 inches vs. 8 inches, and it boasts a responsive steering system. All-wheel drive is standard on the Outlander GT trim and available on all other trims. Part of what allows the Outlander to handle better than the Highlander, and be more fuel efficient, is that it weighs between 800 and 1,040 pounds less. It is also nearly eight inches shorter, which allows gives it the ability to easily maneuver into narrow spaces, or navigate crowded city streets.

Warranty and Safety

Both the Highlander and Outlander have good safety features, including front airbags, side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability systems, daytime running lights and more. However, the Outlander again adds more safety features at lower trim levels. For example, rearview cameras are standard features on all Outlanders. Blind-spot monitoring becomes standard beginning with the SEL trim.

The Outlander comes backed with a strong five year, or 60,000 mile basic warranty, which fully covers the entire vehicle, plus it comes with 24 hour roadside assistance. In comparison, the Highlander has a basic warranty that extends to three years, or 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty for Mitsubishi covers 10 years, or 100,000 miles, which is almost twice the warranty offered on the Highlander. The Outlander also has a seven year corrosion warranty, which beats out the five year one offered by the Highlander.

Now you’re equipped with the features of both the Outlander and the Highlander, it’s time to see for yourself. Stop by Carriage Mitsubishi today to test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, and find out exactly how it compares to the 2018 Toyota Highlander.


* Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details.
** EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.