Outlander Sport vs Hyundai Tucson Comparison

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Hyundai Tucson


The Outlander Sport offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Tucson doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Outlander Sport and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:


The Outlander Sport SE/SEL’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (168 vs. 164) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (167 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.
As tested in Consumer Reports the Outlander Sport ES 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Tucson SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander Sport ES 4WD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson SE AWD (23 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/26 hwy).


The Outlander Sport offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Tucson doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Outlander Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tucson SE/Eco’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tucson SE/Eco.

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the Outlander Sport has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8.5 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Outlander Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Outlander Sport is 4.3 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the Outlander Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Outlander Sport has .1 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.


The Outlander Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tucson’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Outlander Sport SEL’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tucson’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Outlander Sport SEL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “3” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Outlander Sport than the Tucson, including $118 less for an alternator.