There are lots of compact SUVs on the market, so which is the best? Drivers who are opting for crossovers are often looking for smart safety, passenger comfort, and an efficient performance. When it comes to these key categories, one of these major competitors is the clear winner.
Whether you’re running weekend errands with the family or commuting to work every day, fuel efficiency is a major priority. The Ford Escape deliverse 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway when it’s equipped with its standard 2.5-liter Duratec engine.* The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, however, beats that with 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with its standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.**
One can never have too much interior space in their vehicle, especially when there’s a need to transport multiple passengers at a time. The Mitsubishi Outlander takes home the trophy for this category. Its cabin boasts seating for up to seven passengers, and an SAE passenger volume of 128.2 cu. ft. The Ford Escape only has seating for five and a total of 98.7 cu. ft. of passenger volume.
Ford does offer its newer SYNC® 3 infotainment system in the 2019 Ford Escape. However, this system and its 8-inch touchscreen only become available on higher trims, and even then it requires a costly upgrade. The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is more generous with its standard in-cabin tech. Its base-level ES 2.4 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display equipped with Bluetooth® wireless technology. The second SE 2.4 trim automatically adds Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
Advanced safety is another feature you won’t want to live without in a family vehicle. Both the Ford Escape and the Mitsubishi Outlander offer advanced driver-assist safety features starting with their second trim level. Starting with its third trim level, the Mitsubishi Outlander LE 2.4 comes equipped with standard Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. No matter how high the trim, buyers will always have to pay extra for the Ford Safe and Smart™ in order to get similar features in the 2019 Ford Escape.
If you’re ready to take the Mitsubishi Outlander on a test drive, contact us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.
*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.