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2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

A side-by-side comparison of the 2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander.

The Ford Explorer is one of the charter members of the class that eventually became crossover SUVs. In the time that the Explorer has been in production, it has gone through many redesigns and upgrades. The result is one of the best-reviewed and highly-regarded vehicle in a tightly-packed segment of the automotive industry. A comparison of the 2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander very clearly illustrates just how far out in front of the competition the current Ford crossover SUV is. In short, the 2019 Explorer is easily able to out-perform the 2019 Outlander, in addition to having a higher towing capacity and more interior cargo space.

Additionally, the 2019 Ford Explorer is one of the most technologically advanced crossover SUVs on the market today. Drivers and passengers will be able to connect their smartphones to the infotainment system and be able to remain connected to the outside world while still out on the road.

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2019 Ford Explorer VS 2019 Mits. Outlander
3.5-L, V-6 Engine 2.4-L, 4-Cyl.
290/255 Horsepower/Torque 166/162
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing 3,500 lbs.
81.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 63.3 cu.-ft.

Why should I buy the 2019 Explorer?

Smartphone integration is fairly common in the crossover SUV class and the capability is available in both the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander. Owners of either vehicle will be able to connect their compatible devices to either manufacturers’ infotainment system and use the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ suites. However, owners are likely going to find the available Ford Sync 3 system easier and more convenient to use with the 8-inch touchscreen that can be chosen. Additionally, the 2019 Ford Explorer offers more trims with its active safety systems as standard equipment.

The Ford Safe and Smart package comes with blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist. Mitsubishi buyers will need to travel pretty far up the Outlander’s trim ladder to match this capability.

Performance Specs

Ford has equipped the 2019 Explorer with an array of powertrains that push its performance specs to not only well ahead of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, but also the rest of the class. There is no comparison between the standard powertrains used by the 2019 Explorer and 2019 Outlander. The current Explorer uses a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine attached to a six-speed automatic transmission on the base level. It will make 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. On the other side of the equation is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine for the Outlander that tops out at under 170 horsepower.

Buyers looking for the 2019 Ford Explorer will also be able to choose between a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine and another iteration of the V-6, both with EcoBoost® turbocharging technology. These engines will make 280 and 365 horsepower, respectively.


White 2019 Ford Explorer Front Exterior on a Beach at Dusk
Red 2019 Ford Explorer Rear Exterior Spraying Up Mud
2019 Ford Explorer Rear Cargo Space with Seats Laid Flat and Kayak Paddles
2019 Ford Explorer Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Ford SYNC 3 Touchscreen Display