If you’re in the market for an affordable family crossover, you’re probably looking at the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Niro. When compared head-to-head, the Mitsubishi Outlander outperforms the Niro in several key areas.
Both the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Kia Niro come with standard four-cylinder engines, but the Outlander’s 2.4L offering produces 166 horsepower, whereas the Niro’s 1.6L engine is only rated at 139 horsepower. The Mitsubishi Outlander also offers an available 3.0-liter V6 and a fuel-efficient Continuously Variable Transmission that doesn’t compromise performance. In contrast, the Kia Niro provides no comparable transmission.
When you buy a crossover, you’re likely interested in a versatile, high-performance vehicle that can accommodate the whole family. The Kia Niro only has space for a maximum of five passengers whereas the Mitsubishi Outlander provides seating for up to seven. Similarly, the Outlander’s 128.2 cubic feet of storage space dwarfs the Niro’s 100.9, and Mitsubishi’s SUV offers considerably more headroom.
The Kia Niro has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2019, but the Mitsubishi Outlander earned a “Top Pick,” safety rating; an honor only given to 85 vehicles. While both cars feature comprehensive airbag systems intelligent crash-mitigation technology, only the Mitsubishi Outlander offers All-Wheel Drive for added control in poor road conditions.