The biggest difference between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Honda CR-V is how many people it'll seat. If you need seating for 6 or 7, the Outlander is your only option between the two SUVs. If that feels disappointing, don't worry. In this comparison guide, we'll demonstrate how the Outlander, especially with its refresh this year is a worthy rival of the Honda CR-V.
Engine Options: 2019 Honda CR-V
If we're not counting the PHEV option, the Mitsubishi has two engines to choose from. There's a 166-horsepower inline-4 generating 162 pound-feet of torque or a 224-horsepower V6 delivering 215 pound-feet of torque. The base engine is nothing special, but the V6 shows real promise.
Compare that to the engine options on the Honda CR-V and you'll see they're closer than you might have thought. The CR-V's base engine is a 184-horsepower inline-4 making 180 pound-feet of torque. Then there's the 190-horsepower turbocharged good for 179 pound-feet of torque. You'll notice the Outlander has more horsepower than the CR-V. But take note that the turbocharged engine on the CR-V stands out here, making the most of its horsepower. As a result, the Honda CR-V is quicker to accelerate than the Outlander but when it comes to buckling down and working, there's not that big a difference.
Towing and Payload: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander
The CR-V might win the Outlander in a road race, but in a hauling competition? That's an entirely different matter. Because both the Outlander and CR-V are slated to tow up to 1,500 pounds, when properly equipped. But the Outlander has a slight edge when it comes to payload. The Outlander can haul up to 1,157 pounds, while the CR-V has a payload capacity of 1,091 pounds. This is a very small difference but the fact that the Outlander beats out the CR-V at all indicates that its engines are up to snuff. No road-race victory, but just as much of a workhorse.
From the base trim to the top-tier one, the Outlander and CR-V are equally matched in price. The 2019 Outlander starts at $24,695, giving you a 7-inch touch screen, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, Bluetooth, heated front seats and side mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. For almost the same price ($24,350), the base 2019 Honda CR-V offers a rearview camera, 5-inch audio system display screen, Bluetooth, USB port, and four speakers. You get far less from the CR-V but at a slightly reduced price. What's most noticeably missing is that third row. If that's a deal-breaker, your mind is already made up. If not, it's still evident that you get more for your money with the 2019 Outlander. More standard features, more payload capacity, and more rows of seating for a marginal increase in price.