Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Near Avondale, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Outlander Sport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Escape Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Escape has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the Outlander Sport 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 front and rear parking sensors.

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

 

Escape

Outlander Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

396 lbs.

412 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

394/494 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 Ford Escape is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

 

Escape

Outlander Sport

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

110

163

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.4 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

290

349

Hip Force

649 lbs.

794 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

357

365

Hip Force

707 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Escape’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander Sport’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Outlander Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Outlander Sport:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Outlander Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

148 HP

145 lbs.-ft.

Outlander Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

167 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Escape

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander Sport:

 

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

 

Escape

Outlander Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Outlander Sport (235/55R17 vs. 225/55R18).

The Escape’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outlander Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander Sport’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outlander Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Outlander Sport SE 4WD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Outlander Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Outlander Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (34 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Outlander Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outlander Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outlander Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Outlander Sport’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Escape’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Escape’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 Outlander Sport ES/SE’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander Sport only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Outlander Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GT.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Outlander Sport offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Escape allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $465 to $1830 less than the Outlander Sport over a five-year period.

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Escape will retain 45.64% to 48.88% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander Sport only retains 41.04% to 42.03%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Outlander Sport, including $314 less for a water pump, $149 less for an alternator, $129 less for front brake pads, $682 less for a starter, $311 less for fuel injection, $411 less for a fuel pump, $311 less for front struts and $518 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outlander Sport isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by almost nine to one during the 2016 model year.

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