Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport VS 2017 Ford Escape Near New Bern, NC

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2017 Ford Escape

Safety Comparison

The Outlander Sport has standard active front headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the active front headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escape doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Outlander Sport and the Escape 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, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

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

 

Outlander Sport

Escape

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

251

2417

Neck Injury Risk

43%

47%

Neck Compression

91 lbs.

106 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Escape:

 

Outlander Sport

Escape

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

84

113

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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 Ford Escape:

 

Outlander Sport

Escape

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.4 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

54 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

44 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Escape. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Escape ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Escape’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Outlander Sport’s reliability will be 92% better than the Escape.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Outlander Sport

Escape

 

2WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

 

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/28 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/29 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Outlander Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Escape doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escape with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Outlander Sport has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Escape (16.6 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outlander Sport stops shorter than the Escape:

 

Outlander Sport

Escape

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Escape’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escape (8.5 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Outlander Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Ford Escape.

The Outlander Sport is 6.6 inches shorter than the Escape, making the Outlander Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outlander Sport has .3 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Outlander Sport has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Escape doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Outlander Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape S.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the Escape is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Escape because it costs $63 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Outlander Sport than the Escape, including $90 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be $607 to $746 less than for the Ford Escape.

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