2022 Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Oct 28, 2021

Compare this new seven-seater SUV against a market segment vet

In this article...

  1. A new midsize SUV takes on an industry veteran
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: A new midsize SUV takes on an industry veteran

Back in September 2021, Maxus Philippines launched the all-new D90 midsize SUV for the local market. To that end, the said marque looks like it wants a cut of the seven-seater SUV pie.  

As such, many became curious as to how this new model will fare against its rivals. Among its competitors is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, which has practically entrenched itself in the local market as one of the more popular models in its segment. 

To find out, we’ll be matching the top-spec Maxus D90 Premium 4x4 AT against the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT. 

A picture of the Maxus D90 and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport head to head

Which SUV is better on paper? 

Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Exterior

To start this comparison, let’s go over their dimensions. For the Maxus model, it has a length of 5,005mm, a width of 1,932mm, and a height of 1,875mm. Its wheelbase then stretches to 2,950mm, and it has a ground clearance of 210mm. 

A picture of the Maxus D90

The Maxus D90

Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT is 4,785mm long, 1,815mm wide, and 1,805mm in height. It then has a ground clearance of 218mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,800mm. 

Maxus D90 Premium 4x4 AT 

Dimensions 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT 

5,005mm 

Length 

4,785mm 

1,932mm 

Width 

1,815mm 

1,875mm 

Height 

1,805mm 

2,950mm 

Wheelbase 

2,800mm 

210mm 

Ground Clearance 

218mm 

As far as the figures go, the Maxus D90 is the larger vehicle overall compared to the Montero Sport. The Mitsubishi model does have a bit more in the way of ground clearance, though. 

A picture of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT on a rooftop parking lot

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT

For exterior equipment, both the top-spec Maxus D90 and the top-spec Montero Sport come standard with LED headlamps, LED tail lights, front fog lamps, roof rails, and a roof-mounted rear spoiler, as well as a pair of turn signal lamps integrated into their power-folding side mirrors.  

The Maxus model then rides on a set of 19-inch wheels, while the Mitsubishi comes with 18-inch wheels. Also, the Maxus D90’s headlamps come with an auto on/off function which the Montero Sport lacks. 

Maxus D90 Premium 4x4 AT 

Exterior Equipment 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT 

LED with auto-on/off 

Headlights 

LED  

LED 

Daytime Running Lights 

LED 

Halogen 

Turn signal lamps 

Halogen 

LED 

Taillights 

LED 

With 

Front Fog lights 

With 

With 

Roof rails 

With 

19-inch 

Wheel size 

18-inch 

Alloy 

Wheel type 

Alloy 

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Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Interior

When it comes to seating capacity, both the D90 and the Montero Sport can fit up to seven occupants. Both are then equipped with dark-themed cabins with leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, automatic air-conditioning with rear vents, a power tailgate, and a push-to-start button. 

A picture of the Maxus D90's interior

A peek into the Maxus D90's interior

Then again, the Mitsubishi comes standard with a digital gauge cluster whereas the Maxus only has analog gauges. On the flip-side, the D90 features rain-sensing wipers, which is absent on the Montero Sport. Moreover, the Chinese-made SUV also comes with a sunroof. 

Maxus D90 Premium 4x4 AT 

Interior Equipment 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT 

Leather 

Seat material 

Leather 

Electronic 

Driver’s seat adjustment 

Electronic 

Tilt and Telescopic 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt and Telescopic 

Dual-zone automatic AC with rear vents 

Air-conditioning type 

Automatic climate control with rear vents 

Push button 

Ignition 

Push button 

With 

Seat cooling 

None 

With 

Power liftgate 

With 

Seating capacity 

With 

Sunroof 

None 

Both vehicles also come with cruise control, but the one on the top-spec Montero Sport GT is adaptive. The Mitsubishi’s rear-view mirror also comes standard with auto dimming, which is not available on the Maxus model. 

Moving onto head units, the Maxus D90 Premium is kitted out with a 12-inch touchscreen, which is larger than the eight-inch touchscreen head unit that comes standard on the Montero Sport GT. It also has eight speakers, whereas the Mitsubishi model has a six-piece speaker system.  

A picture of the Montero Sport GT's interior

Inside the Montero Sport GT

Then again, the Maxus head unit only has Apple CarPlay, while the one on the Montero Sport GT has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both head units do come with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. 

Maxus D90 Premium 4x4 AT 

On-board tech 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT 

12-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

8-inch touchscreen 

Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB

# of Speakers 

With 

Offline Navigation 

With 

With 

Power-folding side mirror 

With 

None 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror 

With 

With 

Rain-sensing wipers 

None 

Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Engine and Performance

Under the hood of the Maxus D90 Premium is a 2.0-liter bi-turbo inline-4 diesel engine. At maximum, this four-banger can make up to 214 horsepower and 480 Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox then sends power to a 4x4 drivetrain. 

For the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT, it uses a 2.4-liter turbodiesel mill that can produce 179 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. It also has an eight-speed automatic tranny, but this one comes with paddle shifters. 

A picture of the Maxus D90's engine

The Maxus D90's 2.0-liter bi-turbo inline-4 diesel engine

While the Maxus D90’s engine output is greater than the Montero Sport’s, it is worth noting that the Mitsubishi model’s 4x4 system is the famed Super Select 4WD-II. It offers four drive settings (2WD High to 4WD Low) and works in conjunction with a center locking differential. On top of the drive settings, the Montero Sport also has four separate terrain controls. 

In comparison, the D90’s 4x4 system does have a differential lock, but lacks control over its 4x4 system’s speed settings for the driver. It does, however, come with a seven-mode all-terrain system. 

A picture of the Montero Sport's engine bay

The Montero Sport's 2.4-liter inline-4 turbodiesel inline-4 engine

Like other midsize SUVs in the Philippine market, both the D90 and the Montero Sport are truck-based models with a ladder frame chassis. Both also use a double-wishbone front suspension, and a multi-link suspension for the rear. 

Braking for both models is handled by disc brakes for all four of their wheels. Both also come standard with electronic parking brakes with auto-hold function. 

Specs 

Maxus D90 Premium 4x4 AT 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT 

Engine 

Inline-4 bi-turbo diesel 

Inline-4 turbodiesel 

Displacement 

2.0-liters 

2.4-liters 

Transmission 

Eight-speed automatic 

Eight-speed automatic w/ paddle shifters 

Horsepower 

214 horsepower 

178 horsepower 

Torque 

480 Nm 

430 Nm 

Drivetrain 

4x4 

4x4 

Differential lock 

With 

With 

Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Safety

When it comes to safety, the Maxus D90 Premium and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT are both equipped with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, stability and traction control, hill-start assist, hill descent control, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. 

In terms of driver assist features, the Maxus D90 features a driver fatigue monitor. In turn, the Montero Sport tops this with blind spot warning, lane change assist, and rear-cross traffic alert, as well as a 360-degree view camera. The Mitsubishi SUV is also equipped with a trailer stability assist system, while tire pressure monitoring is standard on both models. 

Maxus D90 Premium 4x4 AT 

Safety equipment 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 AT 

Airbags 

With 

Antilock braking with EBD 

With 

With 

Reverse Camera 

With 

None 

360-degree camera 

With 

Standard 

Cruise control 

Adaptive 

With 

Hill-start assist 

With 

With 

Hill descent control 

With 

With 

Stability control 

With 

With 

ISOFIX child seat tethers 

With 

None 

Lane departure warning 

With 

None 

Blind-spot detection 

With 

With 

Tire pressure monitoring 

None 

With 

Engine immobilizer 

With 

With 

Security alarm 

With 

None 

Emergency braking 

None 

Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Price

Maxus D90 Variants 

Price 

Maxus D90 4x2 AT 

Php 1,918,000 

Maxus D90 4x4 AT 

Php 2,268,000 

 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants 

Price 

Montero Sport GLX 2.4 4x2 MT 

Php 1,568,000 

Montero Sport GLS 2.4 4x2 AT 

Php 1,728,000 

Montero Sport GT 2.4 4x2 AT 

Php 1,928,000 

Montero Sport GT 2.4 4x4 AT 

Php 2,298,000 

Maxus D90 vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Conclusion

As convenient and comfortable daily chariots for the family, both the Maxus D90 Premium and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 can do well. Each has an ample number of amenities, apart from loads of space to work with. 

A picture of the Maxus D90's power tailgate

Both the D90 and the Montero Sport has a power tailgate

But if you’re concerned with power, then you might want to lean more towards the Maxus. If you need something that can do well in off-road situations, then the Mitsubishi model might be the better choice.  

As for aesthetics, we’ll leave that one up to you.  

A picture of the rear of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The Montero Sport's rear end

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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