2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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

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 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Compared to metal, the Cherokee’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 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 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 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, daytime running lights, 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:

Cherokee

Outlander

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:

Cherokee

Outlander

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.

Warranty

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The Cherokee’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander’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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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Cherokee’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Outlander’s camshafts. If the Outlander’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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:

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 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 Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl.:

Cherokee

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.4 sec

15.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.5 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

83.1 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 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Cherokee

Outlander

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 (494.2 vs. 424 square inches).

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Outlander:

Cherokee

Outlander

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

149 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 (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’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cherokee offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’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 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, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 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 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 (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.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Outlander GT AWC pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Outlander SEL AWC (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Outlander (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 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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Cherokee’s available liftgate can be opened 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 liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outlander’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mitsubishi Outlander is only 3500 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Outlander 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.

The Cherokee has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outlander doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

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 doesn’t offer a memory system.

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

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 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/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 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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 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 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 because it costs $555 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the Outlander, including $25 less for a water pump, $114 less for fuel injection and $235 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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