Spec-sheet brawl: Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs. Ford Everest

These refreshed midsize SUVs duke it out
by Leandre Grecia | Oct 6, 2019
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Recent refreshes have shaken up the stacked midsize SUV segment in the local market.

Earlier this year, we saw the arrival of the revamped Ford Everest. Now, the new Mitsubishi Montero Sport has landed as well. It seemed only fitting that we put these vehicles head-to-head, especially since other Japanese giants like the Fortuner and the MU-X have yet to receive major updates. That being said, let’s move on to the bout. Just to be clear, we’re comparing the 4x2 variants here, since Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation has yet to bring in the 4x4 variants of its beloved SUV.

Power-wise, the two models boast similar numbers. The new Montero Sport sees no changes under the hood, as it still packs the same 2.4-liter turbodiesel that generates 176hp and 430Nm mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the updated Everest gets a new powertrain in the form of a 2.0-liter turbodiesel capable of 178hp and 420Nm, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Design-wise, however, the opposite applies—the updated Montero Sport got a bigger makeover than the new Everest. The former now sports a new-look exterior, with the front fascia now fitted with foglamps similar to that of the Xpander’s and the Strada’s. The taillights have also been slightly trimmed, to the delight of some Montero Sport fans. The Everest, on the other hand, only sees a subtle change to its front grille—it does sit on new wheels like its competitor though.

What makes this an even tighter bout are the added tech, as both SUVs have a bucketload of extra features in the package. Both the Everest’s and Montero Sport’s infotainment systems now have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (the Everest had it even pre-facelift). Both also have power lift tailgates with nifty handsfree functions. Now, instead of getting into all the details, you can check out the full specs below and tell us which midsize SUV takes the win in this battle.

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Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 2WD

Ford Everest 2.0 Turbo Titanium 4x2 A/T

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,998,000 1,995,000
Drive RWD RWD
Seating capacity 7 7
Engine 2.4L turbodiesel 2.0L turbodiesel
Power 176hp 178hp
Torque 430Nm 420Nm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 68 80
Transmission 8-speed AT with Sports Mode 10-speed AT with SelectShift
Wheels 18-inch alloy 20-inch alloy
Brakes (Front/Rear) Disc/disc Disc/disc
Tires 265/60 R18 265/50 R20
Suspension (Front/Rear) Double wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar/3-link coil springs with stabilizer bar
Double wishbone with coil spring and anti-roll bar/coil spring with Watt's Link and anti-roll bar
Seats Leather Leather
Tailgate Power lift with hands-free function Power lift with hands-free function
Keyless entry/Push-start ignition Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Audio System 8-inch infotainment system with 6-speaker setup
8-inch infotainment system with 9 speakers, subwoofer, and amplifier
Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Paddle shifters Yes No
Tilt/telescopic steering wheel adjustment Yes Yes
Airbags 6 7
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Yes Yes
Active stability/traction control Yes/Yes No/Yes
Speed-sensing door locks Yes Yes
Blind spot monitoring No Yes (with cross traffic alert)
Parking assist Reverse sensors with camera
Front and reverse parking sensors with rearview camera
Hill start assist Yes Yes
Hill descent control Yes Yes
Cruise control Yes Yes
Ground clearance (mm) 218 225
Wading depth (mm) 700 800
Dimensions (mm) 4,785 x 1,815 x 1,805 4,893 x 1,862 x 1,836
Wheelbase (mm) 2,800 2,850

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