In competition today, we have the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Honda CR-V. Does one take it the extra mile past the Oakland, Hayward, and San Francisco, California, streets? You’ll just have to keep reading to discover what the research team at Hayward Mitsubishi found out and who captures the flag in this battle.
The first competition underway involves the number of trim levels in each vehicle. You’re sure to find your match among six diverse Outlander Sport trim levels, such as S, ES, LE, BE, SE, and GT. You do get some variety with the CR-V with its five trim levels, including LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L, and Touring.
You get a little more front legroom in the Outlander Sport at 41.6 inches, while the CR-V provides 41.3 inches. More rear hip room of 51.6 inches comes in the Mitsubishi, with the Honda holding up the rear with 49.5 inches.
Although the Honda isn’t huge, it’s way longer and wider than its rival. It extends to 182.1 inches in length and spans 73 inches in width. It’s nearly two inches taller at 66.5 inches.
Two features come standard in the Outlander Sport that do not in the CR-V. These include rear privacy glass and front rain-sensing wipers. You’ll find both in every Mitsubishi trim. Unfortunately, you’ll need to upgrade to a higher trim in the Honda for either one.
Let’s break down the size of the screens you’ll use in both cars. In the Mitsubishi, you’ll see a 7-inch display audio system that can be upgraded to an 8-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio system. For the Honda, it starts out with a much smaller 5-inch screen with the potential for a larger and available 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen.
Consider how you want to power your drives. Maybe one engine suffices, but wouldn’t two choices give you more versatility? The Mitsubishi offers a 2.0L MIVEC 4-cylinder engine or the optional 2.4L MIVEC 4-cylinder engine. You only receive one to use in the Honda—the 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
When you’re riding over rough terrain, even when it’s a city block in need of new pavement, the 8.5 inches of ground clearance in the Mitsubishi protects the undercarriage. With the Honda, only the all-wheel drive models’ ground clearance comes close at 8.2 inches. If you drive a 2-wheel drive model, it only gives you 7.8 inches of ground clearance.
With the competition on its last leg, we see that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gives the Honda CR-V a run for the money. Which will you choose to ride around Oakland, Hayward, and San Francisco, CA? Grab that flag and schedule a test drive at Hayward Mitsubishi to find out!