Miami Lakes 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport VS 2017 Ford Escape

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport v. 2017 Ford Escape

With the wide selection of SUVS and crossovers in the market today, shopping can be somewhat overwhelming. If you have a favorite brand or brand loyalty, then your options are trimmed down quite a bit. If not, then the options can feel endless, not just because of the many models out there but the various trims too. That’s why it’s great to compare two vehicles of the same class, such as a compact SUV class. So here’s a comparison between the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the 2017 Ford Escape, two compact SUVs.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

An often overlooked compact SUV, many consumers may want to take a second look at the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The Outlander Sport is fuel efficient, well equipped, and one of the more affordable SUVs on the market. Available in only one trim, there’s no need to fret over the features available. Plus, Mitsubishi has the best warranties out there to date.

2017 Ford Escape

Roomy, comfortable, and capable, the Escape is another great choice and an alternative to the more popular SUVs available. With styling that only enhances the Ford Escape’s appeal, its 5-passenger cabin is user-friendly and sophisticated. Available in three trims and three engines, the common consumer has choices.

We’ll be comparing the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES 2.0 and the 2017 Ford Escape’s high-end trim, the Escape Titanium. To start, the Outlander Sport has a starting MSRP of $19,795. The 2017 Escape Titanium has a starting MSRP of $29,100, so there’s a large price difference.


The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES 2.0 is powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve I4 engine. It generates 148-horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. “MIVEC” is a variable valve timing (VVT) brand by Mitsubishi. VVT controls air intake and exhaust valves on each cylinder to increase vehicle performance and optimize fuel efficiency.

A 5-speed manual transmission is the standard on the Outlander Sport. A CVT automatic transmission, also utilized by Mitsubishi for increased fuel economy, is available for $1,200 more. The fuel economy with manual transmission is 24/30 mpg city/highway.

Under the hood of the Ford Escape Titanium is a 179-horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine with Auto Start-Stop. Auto Start-Stop technology is a fuel saving technology that turns off the engine when the vehicle is idling. EcoBoost is a family of turbocharged direct-injection gas engines developed for high performance.

If desired, drivers may upgrade to a 2.0-liter Twin Scroll EcoBoost engine with Auto Start-Stop. The Twin Scroll design is made up of two chambers and two exhaust runners going into and out of the turbocharger, maximizing torque delivery for power on demand. This engine generates 245-horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic with SelectShift capability that offers manual gear shifting. The fuel economy is 23/30 mpg city/highway.

Style and Features

Both compact SUVS have exquisite style and features that draws consumers to them. Whether or not they share features, basic and luxury, will make the difference.
Convenience Features, Style and Design

Feature Outlander Sport ES 2.0 Escape Titanium
Heated Exterior Mirrors Yes Yes
LED Lighting Rear combo tail lights Signature LED Lighting and LED taillamps
Fog Lamps No Yes
Roof Rails No Optional
Hands Free Power Liftgate No Yes
Privacy Glass Yes Yes
Rain Sensing Wipers No Optional
Roof Carrier Plugin Yes Crossbar accessory Option
Power Folding Mirrors Yes No
Wheels 18-inch two-tone alloy 18-inch painted aluminum
Tires All-season
Seating Capacity 5 5
Multi-Info Display Yes Instrument Panel
Rear dome light Yes Yes
Seat Trim Fabric Leather
Adjustable seating 6-way manual driver 10-way power driver
Fold-down seats/split Yes, 60/40 split Yes, 60/40 split
Auto climate control Yes Yes, Dual-zone
Rear heater floor ducts Yes No
Leather trim Steering wheel and shift knob Steering wheel and shift knob
Heated Steering Wheel No Yes
Auto-dimming rearview No Yes
Steering wheel mounted controls Yes Yes
Sunroof No Yes
Ambient Lighting Optional Accessory Yes
Remote Start No Yes
Rear Cargo Compartment Yes No
Cargo Tie-Down Hooks Yes Yes


As we can see in the styling section, the traits between the two compact SUVs vary greatly in terms of the exterior, but when it comes to the interior the two are well-stocked with nice features. When it comes to technology, let’s see if they do the same.

Feature Outlander Sport ES 2.0 Escape Titanium
Speaker System 4 speaker with am/fm/cd/mp3 10 Sony speakers with am/fm/cd/mp3
SiriusXM 3 months 6 months
Hands-Free System/Bluetooth Yes, FUSE Yes, SYNC3
Navigation Available Option Yes


Safety and Warranty

When it comes to safety and security, both compact SUVs have all the basics and share many features. They both have advanced dual-stage airbag systems plus a drivers knee airbag, body construction designed to greater absorb impact in the event of a collision, head restraints, anti-theft security systems, and anti-locking brakes.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a basic limited warranty for 5 years/60,000 miles, a powertrain limited warranty for 10 years/100,000 miles, 7 years or 100,000 miles of anti-corrosion coverage, and roadside assistance.

The Ford Escape has the following warranties: a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile safety restraint system warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited corrosion (perforation only) warranty.