We know that the Mitsubishi Outlander is an alright option for a three-row SUV. Its low price makes it easy to haul your entire family in, but it could be nicer. However, what about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? Is it the best hybrid SUV option?
Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid Worth it?
Plot twist, the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid is the world-s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV. But critics suggest it isn’t ready to compete in the US, even though it’s already here. Either way, it must be a bit different from the nonhybrid option. Also, the Outlander PHEV can only seat up to five passengers while the nonhybrid version can seat up to seven passengers.
The Mitsubishi Outlander starts around $24k, but the Outlander PHEV starts around $36k. That’s one intense price jump. It can go for 22 miles solely on an electric charge to provide fuel savings, at least. It gets about 76 mpg, so that certainly does have our attention.
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Also, the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid is relatively easy to charge. It can charge up to 80% in 25 minutes with a DC fast charger and takes about 8 hours to fully charge at home with a 120-volt outlet.
Mitsubishi Outlander Performance
The Mitsubishi Outlander keeps advertising it’s amazing off-roading capabilities, but we aren’t falling for it. Adds suggest it’s offered with four-wheel-drive, but on the build options, only all-wheel-drive is available. AWD is still good for driving in snow and other conditions, but not as good as 4×4 is.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2,0-liter four-cylinder engine and twin electric motors powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. It pumps out 190 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque.
It can only tow 1,500 lb, so it’s not the best option for taking your boat or trailer places. Also, it takes a sluggish 9.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. But on a positive note, it does have AWD driving modes for snow and gravel to help you remain in control.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Features
So, the Outlander isn’t built for off-roading adventures and is better suited as a city SUV. However, the luxurious cabin is thrown off by it having a shaky, noisy ride. The materials seem to rattle, but the engine is pretty quiet.
It is pretty spacious. There are 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. You can also fold the seats flat to access up to 66.6 cubic space. The Outlander PHEV also has heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats to combat winter.
The infotainment center can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the real impressive technology feature is the ability to connect to the Mitsubishi Remote Control App. It will show you the vehicle’s charge and allow you to start it up, lock the doors, and more with your smartphone.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV does come with a lot of standard safety features, but not the modern ones. You get rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision prevention, but you don’t get distracted driver warning, street sign assistance, or back seat passenger alerts. So, no, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV isn’t worth it. It’s weak, underpowered, and not very comfortable.