See How These Fairfield Rivals Compare in a Head-to-Head Matchup

Compact SUVs have a lot to offer Connecticut drivers since they combine the versatile seating and cargo configurations of an SUV with the handling and maneuverability that you typically expect from a sedan. However, with so many choices available, how is one supposed to figure out which make and model are the best for your family and your daily driving need? Simple. You take a look at this convenient comparison, where we take a look at introductory models of two of the more popular compact SUVs on the market: the Mitsubishi Outlander ES and the Honda CR-V LX. Let's see how things turned out.


Base models of each SUV boast a more-than-reasonable Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, though the Outlander does come in at a lower starting price when compared to the CR-V. Those savings continue to add up, especially when you take a look at each vehicle's warranty.

While both come with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers greater protection in all other areas. The Outlander bears a 5-year/60,000-mile basic new car limited warranty, 7-year/100,000-mile corrosion protection, and a 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan. In comparison, the CR-V limits you to 3-year/36,000-mile basic new car warranty, 5 years of corrosion protection, and a 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance plan. In the long run, you're exposed to significantly more repair and roadside assistance costs with the CR-V than you would be with the Outlander.

Size and Handling

The Outlander is a taller, longer SUV when compared to the CR-V, which provides a greater sense of presence on our busy roadways. Even though the Outlander has a longer wheelbase, which leads to a much smoother, more comfortable ride, it still has a significantly tighter turning radius than does the CR-V -- so it's easier to maneuver through traffic, on narrow roads, and into and out of tight parking spaces.

The Outlander is much better equipped for carpools or sizable families since it can seat seven across three rows of seating. The CR-V maxes out with five people, and only offers front- and second-row seating. When it comes to passenger volume, that difference really shows: the Outlander has 128.2 cubic feet of passenger space, whereas the CR-V offers 102.9 cubic feet.


Both base models are well-appointed with the features you want, like power steering, auto-off headlights, power windows, aux audio inputs, and cruise control. However, even though the introductory Outlander costs less than the Honda, it comes with standard amenities that are lacking on the base CR-V. If you ant privacy glass, variable speed intermittent wipers, and heated mirrors, you're best off choosing the Outlander; to add those to the CR-V, you'll have to pay more to move up to a higher trim level.


Both SUVs performed well on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, scoring equally well on rollover, side barrier, and side crash tests. Each comes equipped with standard safety and driver assistance features, like backup cameras, traction control, brake assist, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, child safety locks, and wireless cell phone connectivity.

Explore the Mitsubishi Outlander at our Fairfield Showroom

We think it's clear that, while the two SUVs are both highly-regarded for a reason, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers all that you need -- and at a much better price than the CR-V. When you're ready to take one out for an informational test drive, contact us and one of our team members will be happy to schedule an appointment that works into your schedule.



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