Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
A Plug-In Hybrid with Super All-Wheel Control
Base MSRP: From $35,795
- SEL – From $35,795
- GT – From $41,495
EPA Range: 22 electric miles, 310 total
Battery: 12 kWh
Destination Charge: $1,095
Tax Credit: Up to $5,836
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.3 kW
Dimensions: 185″ L x 71″ W x 67″ H
Reviews of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
Performance: Electric vehicle (EV); 2.0-liter, four cylinder with two 60 kWh batteries, combined 197 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 74 mpg average; 25-31 mpg; 20-27 mpg
Price estimate: $35,795 to $41,495
Warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 10 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 5 years/ unlimited miles
Corrosion warranty: 7 years / 100,000 miles
Eco-friendly. Adventure focused.
Like all manufacturers, Mitsubishi wants to increase sales. That’s been a challenge over the years with the Outlander, a sport utility vehicle with a suspect reputation.
The latest lure to purchase an Outlander arrives by offering a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is the only SUV in its class to offer an electric powertrain. The five-passenger Outlander PHEV has been sold in global markets for two years and made its U.S. debut in 2018.
Offered in two trim levels (SEL and GT), the Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that features a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors – one that drives the front wheels and a second one that powers the rear wheels. The total system output combines for 197 horsepower. In electric mode only, the Outlander gets an average of 74 mpg. The electrical power is stored in a 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
Don’t expect to go a long distance in EV mode because the Outlander has a range of only 22 miles. Once that range is met, the Outlander automatically switches to the gas engine. The total range is an estimated 310 miles. Battery recharging takes around eight hours on a standard 120-volt outlet and roughly four hours on a 240-volt line. DC Fast Charging can do about 80-percent capacity in 25 minutes.
The PHEV model isn’t offered with three rows of seating like the standard Outlander. The battery pack is located in the cargo area, limiting the overall storage capacity to 30.4 cubic feet of space and 78 cubic feet with the second row folded down. The PHEV also has a smaller gas tank.
The Outlander was redesigned in 2014 and two years later added several notable changes. The 2018 version is virtually unchanged after receiving a few new wrinkles a year ago, most notably a previously optional 6.1-inch touchscreen and rearview camera, now both standard features.
Three years ago, the Outlander received a freshened exterior, the first Mitsubishi to have the brand’s new front design, which the Japanese manufacturer is calling the “Dynamic Shield.” The Outlander PHEV has a somewhat distinctive badging and an additional fuel door on the right side that hides its charge port.
The front grille is mostly chrome and the rear styling includes an extended liftgate, LED taillights and a new bumper. Both the 18-inch alloy wheels and heated side mirrors are now standard. Mitsubishi also points out that it has added new platform enhancements to improve the handling and ride.
The Outlander would make a pretty good companion on long trips with considerable freeway driving. It doesn’t have much cabin road noise, handles well on most surfaces, and offers better than average steering. And if one wants to veer of the main arteries, an Outlander equipped with all-wheel drive is capable of some mild off-roading.
For a relatively inexpensive vehicle, the Outlander offers a solid interior in terms of design and quality. We like the many soft-touch materials and the dashboard is smartly laid out – most people will find it intuitive.
The affordable price and great warranty – drivetrain is 10 years/100,000 miles – gives the Outlander an edge over some of its competitors. The addition of the PHEV model should lure some additional buyers.
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