2023 Ford Escape vs. 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander

If you’re in the market for a new SUV, then you’ve probably considered the 2023 Ford Escape and the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander. Both are solid choices, but only one can come out on top. Let’s compare them to find out which one is better!

Design & Style

  • Exterior Design

The Ford Escape is a mid-size crossover that offers a lot of versatility, but more attractive vehicles are on the road. It has sharp edges, and features make it look more like a truck than anything else. However, if you’re looking for decent off-road performance and plenty of cargo space, this could be your ride!

The Mitsubishi Outlander shares many similarities with its older sibling—the Subaru Ascent—but offers an entirely different style than both vehicles regarding exterior design. The front end looks sportier thanks to its grille and headlights combo; however, this car stands out from other crossovers in its unique roof rack setup that resembles shark fins sticking out from either side of your roofline!

  • Interior Design

The 2023 Ford Escape and the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander have spacious interiors, but the Escape’s front seats are roomier. The Outlander’s second row has more legroom than the Ford’s, but it doesn’t fold flat into a floor-like cargo area like in some competitors. Both SUVs have comfortable seats, though we recommend opting for heated or ventilated versions if you live in a colder climate.

The Escape has better visibility than the Outlander thanks to its panoramic sunroof and larger side mirrors (both standard on all trims). The dashboard and instrument cluster is also easy to read from all seating positions.

Technology & Safety

Both the Escape and Outlander feature an impressive array of state-of-the-art safety features.

Both vehicles are equipped with blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a backup camera. The 2023 Ford Escape also offers lane-keeping assist to help you stay in your lane on the highway, adaptive cruise control (ACC), which maintains your speed while adjusting the distance from the car ahead of you, automatic emergency braking (AEB) to help avoid collisions and pedestrian detection that alerts you to pedestrians crossing in front of your vehicle at intersections or crosswalks. All told, these technologies combined make for one safe ride.


You’ll find that both vehicles have similar specs in the engine performance department. The base engine for the Ford Escape is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 187 horsepower and 194 lb-ft of torque. The Mitsubishi Outlander’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Both engines provide enough power to get up to highway speed quickly and efficiently while also providing excellent fuel economy compared to other SUVs in its class. When it comes down to choosing between these two models, we recommend checking out whether or not your preferred trim level offers more power than what you’re currently driving so that you can decide if it’s worth upgrading to one of these vehicles based on this factor alone.

The Bottom Line

For the Escape, you get better fuel economy and more cargo space. The Outlander has more power, but its price is higher, so it’s a wash. The Outlander does offer a hybrid model for those who want to save on gas mileage without sacrificing performance. So if you’re shopping for an SUV with an eye toward efficiency, utility, and comfort but don’t want to sacrifice driving pleasure or style along the way, the 2023 Ford Escape is a great choice.

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