Pecheles Automotive Compares 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander VS 2015 Jeep Cherokee Near Greenville, NC

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

Both the Outlander and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Outlander

Cherokee

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

28 lbs.

37 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

351/429 lbs.

822/607 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

245

291

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

27%

57%

Neck Stress

168 lbs.

344 lbs.

Neck Compression

122 lbs.

166 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Outlander

Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

167 G’s

176 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

43 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Outlander comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 5 years longer than Jeep covers the Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cherokee ends after only 5 years or 100,000 miles.

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Cherokee’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 30th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 26th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (224 vs. 184) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (214 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Outlander ES/SE 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

Outlander

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

10.8 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.7 sec

7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.3 MPH

78.6 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 3.2:

Outlander

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.6 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

Outlander

Cherokee

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/31 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./CVT

24 city/29 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 V6/6-spd Auto

20 city/28 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

 

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outlander’s brakes have 6% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Cherokee with its standard brakes (424 vs. 399.8 square inches), so the Outlander has more braking power available.

The Outlander stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

Outlander

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Outlander GT S-AWC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Offroad’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outlander has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Cherokee can only carry 5.

The Outlander has 24.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (128.2 vs. 103.5).

The Outlander has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Outlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Cherokee.

Outlander

Cherokee

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

24.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

63.3 cubic feet

54.9 cubic feet

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Outlander SE/GT offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Outlander’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 Cherokee’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Outlander ES/SE’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Outlander’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Cherokee.

The Outlander’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Cherokee Sport doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Recommendations Comparison

The Mitsubishi Outlander won the First for Safety award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Jeep Cherokee didn't win any award.

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