North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Near Ellijay, GA

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safety Comparison

The Escape SE/SEL/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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Escape’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a metal gas tank.

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 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 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are almost 9 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 second among compact SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Outlander isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Outlander:

 

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 Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Outlander 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

166 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Outlander GT 3.0 SOHC V6

224 HP

215 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

 

Escape

Outlander

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape AWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander GT AWC V6 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

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 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 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:

 

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Outlander

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Outlander:

 

Escape

Outlander

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Outlander (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’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’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’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 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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 6.7 inches shorter than the Outlander, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Outlander GT AWC (75 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear hip room than the Outlander.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.2 inches lower than the Outlander (16.8” vs. 18”). The Escape’s rear step up height is .3 inches lower than the Outlander’s (17.5” vs. 17.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outlander with all its rear seats folded (68 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape (except S), the optional 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 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional 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 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Outlander 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 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s 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’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/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Outlander doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Outlander’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Escape’s standard doors lock 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.)

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 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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GT.

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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Escape and the Outlander 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 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Escape Titanium has a 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 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s 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 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 $185 to $1720 less than the Outlander 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 45.44% to 49.07% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander only retains 35% to 41.71%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Outlander, including $306 less for a water pump, $103 less for an alternator, $39 less for front brake pads, $94 less for a starter, $174 less for fuel injection, $389 less for a fuel pump and $61 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $1125 to $5169 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Escape

Outlander

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Escape outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by over 12 to one during the 2016 model year.

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