Usually, opting for a three-row SUV means paying more. Not so with the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander is priced to sell at only $23,945. Compare that to a two-row SUV like the Nissan Rogue, which starts at $24,800 and you can see the savings. For some, that difference in price might make you cautious. In this comparison guide, we'll take a look at these two compact sport utility vehicles and see what you get in each one.
Seating: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander has seating for seven, unusual for an SUV this size. The Outlander is only three-tenths of an inch longer than the Rogue, so how does this Mitsubishi fit all those rows inside? First of all, the cabin is an engineering marvel. While the exterior dimensions are almost identical, there is a lot more room in the Mitsubishi. In terms of cabin space, the Outlander has 128 cubic feet while the Rogue has only 106. Maximizing interior space helps.
It's true that you'll get less front seat leg- and headroom in the Outlander, but only by an inch or two. The second seat space is about the same. And just about any adult who sits in the third row is going to feel squished, but if you use it for crates, kids or car seats, they'll do just fine. On the other hand, you'll definitely notice a difference in cargo space because the Outlander has less, but if that's important to you it's as simple as folding down the back seat.
Towing: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
If you think there's going to be less power in the Mitsubishi Outlander, think again. The Outlander is slated to tow up to 1500 pounds when properly configured, so a light trailer or pop-up tent is totally doable. The Rogue can also tow, but only up to 1100 pounds.
Fuel Economy: Tie
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a few hundred pounds lighter than the Nissan Rogue, so you'd expect the Outlander to do a little better in terms of fuel economy. Unfortunately, the Mitsubishi lags slightly, not because the Outlander is bad but because the Rogue has some of the best gas mileage in its class. The Outlander gets 25 city miles and 30 highway miles per gallon while the Rogue gets 26 city and 33 highway mpg.
But the story isn't over. Mitsubishi offers the Outlander PHEV, a plug-in hybrid. Think of the PHEV as an electric car with a reserve tank of gas. The Outlander PHEV is a bestseller in Europe that has finally arrived in the USA. This Outlander gives you an outstanding 74 miles per gallon equivalent and has a range of 310 miles. That means you might never touch the gasoline unless you're going on a long trip. The PHEV starts at $34,595.
Meanwhile, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid does not have a plug-in option. The Rogue starts using fuel as soon as you turn the engine over. And while the fuel economy numbers get better, 33 city and 35 highway miles per gallon, the Nissan Rogue doesn't even approach what the Outlander PHEV can do. The Rogue starts at $27,020.
If you're looking for a seven-seater but don't want one that has a huge footprint, consider the ever-surprising Mitsubishi Outlander.