2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Jeep Compass

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Safety

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The Outlander (except ES/SE/LE/SP) offers an optional Multi-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Compass only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Outlander and the Compass 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 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 is safer than the Jeep Compass:

Outlander

Compass

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

41%

Neck Stress

412 lbs.

445 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

221 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

91 lbs.

92 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 is safer than the Jeep Compass:

Outlander

Compass

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

794 lbs.

928 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Compass was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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

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

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

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Outlander’s reliability 54 points higher than the Compass.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

Engine

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The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 44 more horsepower (224 vs. 180) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 175) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

Outlander

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.1 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Outlander gets better fuel mileage than the Compass:

Outlander

Compass

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/30 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/29 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

The Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Compass (15.8 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Compass (16.6 vs. 13.5 gallons).

Transmission

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

The Outlander 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 Compass doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Outlander stops much shorter than the Compass:

Outlander

Compass

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander has larger tires than the Compass (225/55R18 vs. 215/65R16).

The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Compass Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass Sport.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Compass (105.1 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

The Outlander SEL AWC handles at .77 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Outlander SEL AWC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Compass Trailhawk (28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Compass Trailhawk’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The Outlander’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Compass’ (34.8 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Compass (8.5 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Outlander has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Compass can only carry 5.

The Outlander has 28.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (128.2 vs. 99.6).

The Outlander has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Outlander’s middle row seats recline. The Compass’ rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Outlander is 1.4 inches lower than the Compass (18” vs. 19.4”). The Outlander’s rear step up height is 2.9 inches lower than the Compass’ (17.8” vs. 20.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Compass.

Outlander

Compass

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

27.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

63.3 cubic feet

59.8 cubic feet

Towing

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The Outlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Compass’ (1500 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Compass 4x4 is only 2000 pounds. The Outlander offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’s front and rear power windows all 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 Compass’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Outlander ES’ standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Compass’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Outlander’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Compass’ headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Both the Outlander and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Outlander has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Compass doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Compass is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost less on the Outlander than the Compass, including $63 less for a muffler, $7 less for front brake pads and $114 less for front struts.

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