2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Cherokee’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Cherokee offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen 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 Cherokee 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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

Cherokee

Outlander Sport

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

204

208

Neck Stress

408 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

90 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

166

251

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

43%

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

91 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

241/259 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 Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Cherokee

Outlander Sport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

64

163

Abdominal Force

133 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

363 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

264

349

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

HIC

203

365

Hip Force

490 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

The Jeep Cherokee has a better fatality history. The Cherokee was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 29% lower per vehicle registered than the Outlander Sport, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

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

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

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee optional). The Outlander Sport’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Cherokee has a standard 700-amp battery. The Outlander Sport’s 530-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Cherokee has more powerful engines than the Outlander Sport:

Horsepower

Torque

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

Outlander Sport ES/SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

148 HP

145 lbs.-ft.

Outlander Sport GT 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

167 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl. is faster than the Outlander Sport ES/SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Cherokee

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.5 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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.

Transmission

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The Jeep Cherokee comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Outlander Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Cherokee

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

The Cherokee’s brakes have 17% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Outlander Sport (494.2 vs. 424 square inches).

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

Cherokee

Outlander Sport

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander Sport (245/65R17 vs. 225/55R18).

The Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 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 Cherokee offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander Sport’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Cherokee has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Outlander Sport, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee 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 Cherokee’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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Outlander Sport (106.5 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outlander Sport.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Outlander Sport 4WD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Outlander Sport (8.7 vs. 8.5 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) 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.

The Cherokee Overland offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander Sport (103.5 vs. 97.5).

The Cherokee has 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 4 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The Outlander Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (54.7 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Cherokee offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Cherokee has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Outlander Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Outlander Sport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Cherokee’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Outlander Sport has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The power windows standard on both the Cherokee and the Outlander Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cherokee 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 Cherokee’s front power windows 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cherokee 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Outlander Sport’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Cherokee 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 GT.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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

Both the Cherokee and the Outlander Sport offer available heated front seats. The Cherokee Overland also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Outlander Sport.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Cherokee’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 Cherokee’s optional 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 Cherokee and the Outlander Sport offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cherokee 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 Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland 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.

The Cherokee 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 Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular 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

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because it costs $364 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the Outlander Sport, including $107 less for a water pump, $171 less for fuel injection, $19 less for a fuel pump and $630 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by over six to one during 2018.

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