Do you really get twice as much car for double your money?
On the surface, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander offers tremendous value against the likes of the Infiniti QX60. They both have V6 powerplants, they both have three rows, and they both offer a wide range of equipment. Both models have also been updated – although not replaced with new generations – in the past few years. However, you can split these two crossovers once you start conducting a few real world tests.
Let’s start with performance. While both cars have V6 engines, they’re different in size and power. The 2018 Infiniti QX60 packs a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT, on the other hand, makes 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque from its naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V6. You can also split the cars on transmissions. Infiniti fitted a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to the QX60. Interestingly, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT is the only car in Mitsubishi’s range that doesn’t have a CVT transmission. Instead, its 3.0-liter V6 comes mated to a regular six-speed automatic.
To find out whether the Infiniti QX60 is really twice as fast as the Mitsubishi Outlander GT, we take both to the IMI Motorsports track. Find out how that turns out in the video above!
Does the Mitsubishi Outlander GT have a usable third row?
While both cars sport three rows, that’s not the end of the story. Since the Mitsubishi is 15.3 inches shorter than the QX60 (184.8 vs. 200.1 inches), you’d expect to lose some legroom. And you’d be right, as the third row in the Outlander is only really suitable for children. The 2018 Infiniti QX60 on the other hand, has much more space. The QX60’s wheelbase is also 9.1 inches longer than the Outlander’s.
Finally, there’s the issue of quality. Since the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT costs $34,160 – to the Infiniti QX60’s $60,670 – you’d expect the luxury marque to beat the mainstream crossover on quality. While the Infiniti QX60 is based on the mainstream Nissan Pathfinder, it does pack more of a luxury feel than the Mitsubishi. However, there’s also some good, bad and weird things going on in both cars.