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In the last year, there has been an influx in the popularity and sales of midsize SUVs or CUVs. These versatile vehicles have become more popular because they have a spacious interior for passengers, plenty of cargo room and in recent years, better fuel economy.
There are a variety of different names in the SUV world, some of which are very popular like Jeep and Chevy, and others which are a little quieter, like Mitsubishi. Here’s a look at the similarities and differences between 3 2016 midsize SUVs, the Jeep Cherokee, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Chevy Equinox.
As a brand dedicated to SUVs, Jeep, has spent a lot of time improving and developing the Jeep Cherokee, one of Jeep’s oldest models. The Jeep Cherokee is available in nine different trims and buyers have the option of front-wheel drive or 4x4. The Jeep Cherokee’s base trim is a Jeep Cherokee Sport and it has a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder MultiAir engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission. There is also a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder PZEZ M-Air engine available as well.
Like the Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is commonly confused with its slightly larger kin, the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel control. The base trim is the Outlander Sport ES 2.0 and it is equipped with a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Buyers do have the option to pair the standard engine to an automatic transmission or to upgrade the engine to a 168-horsepower 2.4-liter engine as well.
The Chevy Equinox was introduced to consumers in 2005 and it is currently in its second-generation. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is available in four different trims and the base trim is the Equinox LS and it is equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. For buyers looking for a bigger engine, other Equinox trims are available with a 3.6-liter engine as well.
All three SUVs have similar fuel economies, but the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is the most fuel efficient vehicle in the city. The Outlander Sport has an average fuel economy of 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway. The Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Equinox get 22 mpg in the city driving and on the highway the Cherokee gets 31 mpg and the Equinox gets 32.
Each of the three SUVs come standard with remote keyless entry comfortable seating for five passengers, various entertainment options like radios, USB and auxiliary jacks and multiple 12-volt accessory outlets to charge mobile devices. However, other standard interior features differ between all three vehicles.
The Chevy Equinox comes standard with a rear vision camera that displays on a 7-inch touchscreen display and a 6-speaker audio system. The Jeep Cherokee is equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen display, and drivers have the option of a rear view camera. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and rearview camera on the upgraded SE trim.
The most affordably priced vehicle is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES and it starts at $19,595, which is about $4,000 below the other two vehicles. However, this is the base trim equipped with the 2.0-liter, 5-speed manual transmission. But the Outlander Sport SE 2.4 trim, which is equipped with many of the same features as the other two vehicles, like a 2.4-liter engine, rearview camera and touchscreen is still priced at $22,495, still lower than the Jeep Cherokee and the Chevy Equinox but much closer in price.
Additionally all Mitsubishi vehicles are backed by an industry-leading limited basic warranty of five years or 60,000 miles and a limited powertrain warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles.
The Jeep Cherokee Sport has a starting MSRP of $23,495 and the Chevy Equinox is priced at $25,410. Both Jeep and Chevrolet offer 3-year or 36,000-mile basic limited warranties and a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Interested in a Chevy Equinox, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or Jeep Cherokee? NowCar has each of those vehicles available online. You can search trims here, or read more about each vehicle on our explore pages.