2020 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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The Compass’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Compass Trailhawk’s standard Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

The Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited offers optional SiriusXM Guardian, 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 Compass 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, 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 Compass is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Compass

Outlander Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

196

208

Neck Compression

38 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

326/489 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

251

Neck Injury Risk

36%

43%

Leg Forces (l/r)

299/387 lbs.

394/494 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 Jeep Compass is safer than the Outlander Sport:

Compass

Outlander Sport

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.6/.8 kN

3.43/.93 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.45/.44

.68/.36

Tibia forces R/L

1.4/.4 kN

1.9/1.9 kN

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 Compass is safer than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Compass

Outlander Sport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

102

163

Abdominal Force

134 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

335 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

349

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

HIC

355

365

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

663 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Compass the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Outlander Sport was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Compass’ 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 Compass’ warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Compass has a standard 160-amp alternator. The Outlander Sport’s 130-amp alternator 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 Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (180 vs. 148) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 145) than the Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (180 vs. 168) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

Compass

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

17.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Compass Auto’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 Compass 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

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

Compass

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

The Compass’ brakes have 13% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Outlander Sport (480.94 vs. 424 square inches), so the Compass has more braking power available.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Compass Limited 4x4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outlander Sport (235/45R19 vs. 225/55R18).

The Compass Limited 4x4’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 Compass Limited 4x4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander Sport’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Compass Trailhawk has a standard 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 Compass 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 Compass’ 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 Compass Limited 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Compass has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outlander Sport (99.6 vs. 97.5).

The Compass has .2 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Outlander Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 21.7 cubic feet). The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Outlander Sport with its rear seat folded (59.8 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Compass 4x4 w/Towing Package offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Outlander Sport has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Compass Limited/Trailhawk, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Compass’ 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 Compass and the Outlander Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Compass 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 Compass’ 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 Compass has a standard rear variable 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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Compass Limited/Trailhawk 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 Compass’ 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 Compass’ 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 Compass and the Outlander Sport offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Compass offers optional 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 Compass Auto 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 Compass (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Compass owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Compass will cost $490 to $2245 less than the Outlander Sport over a five-year period.

The Compass will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Compass will retain 45.08% to 47.05% of its original price after five years, while the Outlander Sport only retains 43.02% to 44.56%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Compass is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because it costs $345 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Compass than the Outlander Sport, including $192 less for a water pump, $146 less for a starter, $234 less for fuel injection, $256 less for a fuel pump, $18 less for a timing belt/chain and $788 less for a power steering pump.

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The Jeep Compass outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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