Compact SUV Comparison: 2017 Jeep Cherokee v. Mitsubishi Outlander

July 1st, 2017 by

Compact SUV comparison: Jeep Cherokee Mitsubishi Outlander

When buyers look at Mitsubishi and Jeep, their first thought is which one? Rated a top safety pick, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a great SUV, however, could it really go up against top competitor like Jeep? Let’s take a look at both compact SUVs and decide which is the winner in the game of import versus domestic …


For starters, the Jeep Cherokee comes with a standard 2.4 liter I4 MultiAir engine and Engine Immobilizer. The Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer helps protect the vehicle by disabling the engine to prevent unauthorized vehicle operation – basically a huge disappointment to car thefts. The Cherokee is equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission and it has a maximum towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs. Additionally, this Jeep model is exceptionally fuel efficient as it averages 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The Mitsubishi Outlander comes in four different trim levels: ES, SE, SEL and GT. With the exceptions of the GT, all other trims come equipped with a standard 2.4-liter MIVEC w4-cylinder engine. The Outlander GT comes with a manual transmission and with 3.0 MIVEC SOHC 24-valve V6 engine. The Outlander does better than the Jeep’s fuel economy – 30 mpg on the highway and 25 in the city.


The Jeep Cherokee is available as a front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle, but the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk comes standard with four-wheel drive and a unique off-road suspension. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with front wheel drive and super all-wheel control is available on all trims, and S-AWC is standard on the Outlander GT.

Interior Features

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee comes standard with 5.0-inch touchscreen display and the Uconnect 5.0. Uconnect gives drivers and passengers access to navigation, integrated voice command with Bluetooth. Unfortunately, there is no rearview camera. Some additional features include trim leather seats, six-way manual passenger seat adjust, and a rear 60/40 folding split recline seat.

For buyers looking for more space, the Outlander offers seven passenger seating, as well as, quick change seating 60/40 configuration in the second-row and a 50/50 configuration in the third-row. The Outlander also comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with rearview camera and the Handsfreelink System offers Bluetooth technology.

Exterior Features

For those adventure seekers, the Jeep Cherokee offers roof rails that securely carry bulky cargo. The standard equipment on the Sport, Latitude and Trailhawk all come standard with 17-inch x 7-inch full face wheels wrapped in all season tires and buyers have the option of a compact spare tire. For boldness and style, the Sport comes with LED daytime running headlamps and tail lamps, remote keyless entry, chrome grille surrounds and a bright exhaust tip. The top-of-the-line Overland includes 18-inch wheels, rear parking and blind-spot sensors, sound-deadening windshield and front windows, and nine-speaker sound system with a subwoofer.

The base Mitsubishi Outlander ES comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, and rear privacy glass. The SE offers buyers fog lights, body-color side mirrors and keyless ignition and entry. The SEL and GT come equipped with LED headlights, 360-degree parking camera, lane departure warning, and a forward collision system with automatic braking. However, the Outlander GT comes with more advance technology options.

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