Sometimes it's helpful to compare two cars from different classes to see just what you get with each one. Consider the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and the Jeep Renegade. The Outlander is a compact sport utility vehicle while the Renegade is a subcompact SUV. The Outlander is longer and heavier than its rival. You'd expect to have certain advantages and disadvantages with that size and weight. But which of these offers the best options? In this comparison guide, we'll tell you.
Fuel Economy: Tie
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander gets 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. How does that compare to others in its class? The Outlander is smack dab in the middle, which is a pretty respectable place to be. That's why it's so surprising that the 2018 Jeep Renegade gets 24 city and 31 highway miles per gallon. That's virtually the same as the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Renegade is pretty thirsty considering the Outlander is longer and heavier, and in an entirely different class as a result.
But we haven't even gotten to the best part yet. The Mitsubishi Outlander is the only compact SUV that can come with an all-electric engine. Say hello to the Outlander PHEV, with a driving range of 310 miles on one tank of fuel. Here's how it works. You plug the Outlander PHEV in in your garage at home to charge its battery. Once fully charged, the PHEV goes the first 22 miles without using a drop of gasoline. Once the battery is depleted, the Mitsubishi switches over to gasoline. At that point, the Outlander PHEV gets 25 miles per gallon. You're still benefit from great fuel economy because the energy expended when braking is stored in the electric battery and used as needed.
Passenger Space: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
So far, we've shown that one of the disadvantages of compact as opposed to subcompact isn't actually a disadvantage for the Outlander. Now let's cue the advantages. An obvious advantage is passenger space. With the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, you can get up to seven seats on three rows and 128 cubic feet of passenger space. There's more leg room for the second-row passengers than you get in the Renegade.
Meanwhile, the Jeep Renegade seats five on two rows, with only 100 cubic feet of passenger space. That may be all the passenger space you need. If so, the Renegade might be a good fit, if you don't mind having the fuel economy of much larger vehicles. But if you want to go the three-row route, the Renegade won't help you.
Cargo Capacity: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
There's one comparison where the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander clearly pulls ahead. That's cargo space. Behind the third row of the Outlander, you'll find 10.3 cubic feet. Put that seat down and the space expands to 34.2 cubes. One more row and you get a max of 63.3 cubic feet. A nice bonus is the optional power liftgate that makes loading and unloading a lot easier. With the Jeep Renegade, you're looking at 18.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 50.8 cubes all told. If cargo capacity is important to you, the Outlander has your back.