To place this battle of compact SUVs in its proper context, know that the Nissan Rogue outsells the Mitsubishi Outlander by a margin of 4 to 1 in Canada. The combined sales of the Outlander PHEV and the regular model are about 11,000 units while Nissan has sold over 41,000 Rogues in 2018. Nissan starts with a certain advantage in this duel, we can safely say. But as you know, it's not all about numbers.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander
The Outlander begins its fifth year on the market with no major changes; its last complete overhaul dates back to 2014. The arrival of the PHEV model gave this aging SUV a serious second wind, but for the purposed of this comparison, we’re appraising the gasoline-fed models only.
The Outlander powered by gasoline only is available in ES, ES Touring, SE and GT versions. All are equipped with the automaker’s All-Wheel Control all-wheel drive system, which can vary the torque between the front and rear axles, while the GT offers a more sophisticated version with a front differential with torque vectoring that shifts grip from left to right as needed.