Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Nissan Rogue

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, Automotive Editor - May 21, 2021

From the outside, the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Rogue look nothing alike. The Outlander wears a bold, in-your-face design, while the Rogue is sharp but more sedate. In this case, first glances can be deceiving, because the Outlander and Rogue share a lot of the same components and features.

While the Outlander and Rogue share similar engines, platforms, and features, the two compact SUVs are quite different. If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, which one should you buy? That’s what we’ll answer in this comparison of some of the key specs and features.

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What the Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Right

The Outlander gets an immediate edge over the Rogue when it comes to pricing. Mitsubishi charges $25,795 for the standard Outlander, while the Rogue starts at $27,000. That’s a $1,205 difference in the Outlander’s favor.

Mitsubishi continues to offer one of the longest warranties on the market. The Outlander is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Rogue comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Thanks to the extensive warranty coverage, the Outlander gives consumers added peace of mind.

There aren’t many compact SUVs that have three rows of available seating, but the new Outlander is one of them. While the standard third ow is tight, it brings an extra sense of versatility that the Rogue doesn’t have. Additionally, the Outlander offers a little more cargo space than the Rogue, as it’s capable of holding up to 79.7 cubic feet of total cargo compared to 74.1 cubic feet of cargo.

What the Nissan Rogue Gets Right

Despite sharing the same powertrain, the Rogue is the more efficient SUV of the two. The Rogue can get up to 33 mpg combined, while the Outlander is rated at up to 27 mpg combined. That might not seem like a large difference, but the EPA estimates that the Rogue is $300 cheaper to run annually than the Outlander.

While the Outlander and Rogue share similar interior designs that get upscale on higher trim levels, Nissan’s compact SUV has a quieter, more refined cabin. Even lower Rogue trims look and feel nice with soft plastics. Going with the range-topping Rogue Platinum nets quilted leather upholstery and wood accents for a high-end look.

There’s no way from getting around the Outlander’s bold design. Mitsubishi went with a unique look for the compact SUV, which won’t appeal to everyone. The Rogue isn’t a looker in its own right, but Nissan’s design language will appeal to far more consumers.

Need Seating For Three Rows?

The Outlander and the Rogue are so similar to one another, choosing between the two mostly comes down to the third row. Both SUVs come with similar safety features, tech features, powertrains, interior space, and interior designs. At the end of the day, the Outlander costs less and has a third row. So, shoppers on a budget and consumers in need of a three-row compact SUV will naturally find a lot more to like with the Outlander.

Our Verdict: Mitsubishi Outlander

We know, it’s strange to see the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander the winner in this comparison, but it comes down to a few things. With so many things in common, Mitsubishi found a way to make the Outlander stand out with its standard third row of seats, extensive warranty coverage, and more affordable price tag. It might be a gamble in terms of longevity and refinement, but the Outlander brings more to the table than the Rogue.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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