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Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.
Explorer 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid
Explorer Platinum 3.0 turbo V6
Explorer ST 3.0 turbo V6
Outlander 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.
Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6
Regenerative brakes improve the Explorer Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Outlander doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Explorer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outlander doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Explorer Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Explorer 2.3-liter’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank (18.6 vs. 15.8 gallons). The Explorer V6 Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank (20.2 vs. 16.6 gallons).
The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Outlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander:
Explorer ST opt.
The Explorer ST’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Outlander are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Outlander (255/65R18 vs. 225/55R18). The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander (275/45R21 vs. 225/55R18).
The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outlander’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer ST/Platinum offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Outlander’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Outlander doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.
The Explorer has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Outlander; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The Explorer has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outlander’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Explorer has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Outlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Outlander doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 14 inches longer than on the Outlander (119.1 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 6.3 inches wider in the front and 6.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Outlander.
The front grille of the Explorer (except 3.3 V6 non-Hybrid) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Outlander doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Explorer Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Outlander doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Explorer has 24.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander (152.7 vs. 128.2).
The Explorer has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, 6.6 inches more front hip room, 5.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom, 7.2 inches more rear hip room, 5.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.2 inches more third row headroom, 4 inches more third row legroom, 1.5 inches more third row hip room and 4.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Outlander.
The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Outlander.
Behind Third Seat
18.2 cubic feet
10.3 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
47.9 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
34.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
87.8 cubic feet
63.3 cubic feet
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Explorer’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outlander doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Outlander doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Explorer’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mitsubishi Outlander is only 3500 pounds. The Explorer offers up to a 5600 lbs. towing capacity.
The engine in the Explorer is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Outlander. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
When three different drivers share the Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The power windows standard on both the Explorer and the Outlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Explorer is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outlander prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
On a hot day the Explorer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Outlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s exterior PIN entry system. The Outlander doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Explorer has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Explorer has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Outlander has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GT.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Explorer Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Outlander doesn’t offer cornering lights.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Explorer has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Explorer ST/Platinum has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Outlander offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Explorer and the Outlander offer available heated front seats. The Explorer also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Outlander.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outlander doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Explorer ST/Platinum’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Outlander doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Ford Explorer outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over six to one during 2018.
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