2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2019 Ford EcoSport

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Safety

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

The Outlander Sport SE/GT has standard Forward Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Outlander Sport SE/GT’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Outlander Sport offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Outlander Sport and the EcoSport 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, blind spot warning systems 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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Ford EcoSport:

Outlander Sport

EcoSport

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

208

250

Neck Injury Risk

29%

36%

Leg Forces (l/r)

334/511 lbs.

495/441 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, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Ford EcoSport:

Outlander Sport

EcoSport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander Sport its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 174 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The EcoSport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Outlander Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The EcoSport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the EcoSport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the EcoSport ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the EcoSport’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (148 vs. 123) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (145 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. The Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (168 vs. 166) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (167 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford EcoSport:

Outlander Sport

EcoSport turbo 3 cyl.

EcoSport 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

11.2 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

18.2 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.7 MPH

76.7 MPH

77 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The EcoSport with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the EcoSport (15.8 vs. 13.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander Sport FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the EcoSport (16.6 vs. 13.6 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport higher (5 out of 10) than the Ford EcoSport (3 to 5). This means the Outlander Sport produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the EcoSport every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Outlander Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander Sport stops much shorter than the EcoSport:

Outlander Sport

EcoSport

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander Sport has larger tires than the EcoSport (225/55R18 vs. 205/60R16).

The Outlander Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the EcoSport’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the EcoSport. The EcoSport’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The EcoSport 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Outlander Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Outlander Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The EcoSport 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander Sport’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the EcoSport (105.1 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

The Outlander Sport’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59% to 41%) than the EcoSport’s (62% to 38%). This gives the Outlander Sport more stable handling and braking.

The Outlander Sport SE 4WD handles at .77 G’s, while the EcoSport SE pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Outlander Sport 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the EcoSport SE (28.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Outlander Sport has 6.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (97.5 vs. 91.1).

The Outlander Sport has .5 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 4.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander Sport has a larger cargo volume than the EcoSport with its rear seat up (21.7 vs. 20.9 cubic feet).

The Outlander Sport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The EcoSport’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Outlander Sport has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Outlander Sport SE/GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Outlander Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the EcoSport Titanium/SES.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Outlander Sport has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the EcoSport is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The Outlander Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Outlander Sport will retain 43.02% to 44.56% of its original price after five years, while the EcoSport only retains 41.18% to 42.38%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the EcoSport because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander Sport than the EcoSport, including $30 less for a muffler, $9 less for front brake pads, $4 less for front struts and $465 less for a timing belt/chain.

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