2020 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Safety

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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 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Compass 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.

Compared to metal, the Compass’ 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 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 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 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:

Compass

Outlander

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.

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:

Compass

Outlander

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.

Warranty

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

There are over 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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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Compass’ 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 Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 14 more horsepower (180 vs. 166) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 162) than the Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Compass is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Compass

Outlander

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.8 sec

10 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

81 MPH

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 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Compass uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Outlander GT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Compass offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Outlander doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Compass

Outlander

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 (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 (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’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Compass Limited 4x4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander’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; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The Compass is 11.8 inches shorter than the Outlander, making the Compass easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Compass has .9 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the Outlander.

Cargo Capacity

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The Compass has a much larger cargo volume than the Outlander with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

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 doesn’t offer memory seats.

The power windows standard on both the Compass and the Outlander 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 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 Compass has a standard rear variable 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.

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 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 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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 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 $245 to $2350 less than the Outlander 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 only retains 39.2% to 43.49%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Compass is less expensive to operate than the Outlander because it costs $536 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Compass than the Outlander, including $110 less for a water pump, $37 less for a starter, $177 less for fuel injection, $190 less for a fuel pump, $9 less for a timing belt/chain and $393 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Compass will be $4307 to $6515 less than for the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Compass outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander by almost four to one during 2019.

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