Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Changes
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been the most popular plug-in hybrid SUV in Europe for years. In the Netherlands, it has been the top selling vehicle in the PHEV category for a number of years. While those people don’t mind paying 20-30% more, ones from the United States recently got the opportunity to buy our own. Below, I’ve outlined all model years of Outlander PHEV’s and the changes they went through:
Buying a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
If you are in the market for a plug-in hybrid SUV, sadly there’s very few options. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV seems to be the only serious contender when it comes to this category of automobiles. Luckily for you, the Outlander PHEV proved to be a great vehicles in markets outside of the USA (as mentioned earlier in Europe).
Buying an Outlander PHEV is quite simple and does not require going to any special dealerships. The car comes with everything you’d need to make a great family car, or an off-road tracker.
While the car is mostly brand new in the United States, it has seen a decrease in value since it first came on the market in 2018. I’ve outlined the price differences between NEW and USED Outlander PHEV’s.
New Outlander PHEV Prices:
Used Outlander PHEV Prices:
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Specs
- Years in Production: 2018-Present
- Trim Levels: SEL and GT
- Engine: 2.0L cylinder
- Battery Capacity: 12.0kW-13.8kW
- Fuel Type: Gasoline & Electric
- Fuel Capacity: 11.3
- Fuel Economy: 27 city / 23 highway
- Electric Range: 22-26 miles
- Charge Times: 10-16 hrs at 110-120v, 3.5 hours at 220-240v, and 25-35 minutes at 440v.
Why the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?
Things to LIKE about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- It comes with all-wheel drive. The Outlander PHEV’s one other main competitor (the Kia Niro PHEV), comes with front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive comes handy when needing extra traction in the rain, snow, or mud. Managing to get good fuel efficiency despite the drivetrain is an achievement of its own.
- Prices are very reasonable. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has an attractive starting price. At just under $36K, you get a plug-in hybrid SUV/Crossover that gets decent fuel efficiency, 20-30 miles of EV driving, and excellent reliability. Even if you managed to get the car fully-loaded, you won’t be paying any more than $45K. Don’t forget that if you live in the United States, they still have Federal Tax Incentives to get $3,000-$4,000 tax rebates. States like California, offer even more rebates on top of the federal ones. You could land a brand new Outlander for less than $30K.
- Excellent transmission and transition between electric and gasoline power. The Outlander PHEV shares an identical drivetrain as the Chevrolet Volt. The 2.0L engine acts more as a generator than anything else. Due to the drivetrain, the transition between gas and electric is rather seamless.
- Is capable of towing. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles aren’t meant for towing. Ask any manufacturer that sells a hybrid car and they will say the vehicle wasn’t designed to tow. Despite all that, Mitsubishi made sure that the Outlander PHEV can still tow up to 1,500 lbs.
- Pretty good fuel economy in both highway and city driving. While the EPA has not posted their official fuel economy ratings for this car (I don’t know why), users on various forums have reported various MPG. It can get a 25-30 MPG in mixed driving conditions.
- Fast charging is available. While it may be counter productive to include a fast charging option on a vehicle with 20-30 miles of electric range, we’re not complaining. So far, its the only vehicle on the market that can let you charge to 80% in 25 minutes.
- Battery charge mode lets you charge while you drive. Just as it sounds, by pressing a button, you can recharge your cars battery to near 100%. While this may reduce your fuel economy by a noticeable margin (due to the engine working harder), you can make it where you’ll never need to plug the car in.
Things NOT TO LIKE about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- The interior has some cheap plastic pieces. You’ll notice right away that even on the fully-loaded GT trim, you can see and even feel where cost cutting took place. Despite that, its still a reliable vehicle!
- The fuel economy is good for an SUV/Crossover, but underwhelming. The plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander gets overs 30mpg in mixed driving. The non-hybrid Outlander (25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway) and you’ll notice the hybrid doesn’t do all that well. As you can see, the difference between the two is small.
- Acceleration from 0 to 60mph is disappointing. How about a little under 10 seconds… that’s not that good. All thought its more than fine, you’d think it would have more power and a quicker sprint to 60.
- No third-row seating. Due to the 12kW lithium-ion battery, the third-row seating is unavailable. It went from being a great mini-van replacement to not being one. If this part is important to you, you might want to consider getting the non-hybrid version.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV's Closest Competitors
This part took less time than with other plug-in hybrid reviews. The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is one of a few plug-in SUV/Crossovers currently on the market. Below, I’ve outlined the two closest competitors:
2018-Present Kia Niro PHEV
In 2019, the Kia Niro PHEV is the only competing Crossover currently on the market. Kia managed to give it some of the best aerodynamics in the industry.
See how it stacks-up against the Outlander PHEV:
- Battery Capacity: 8.9kW
- Fuel Capacity: 11.3 gallons
- Fuel Type: PHEV
- Engine: 1.6L 4-Cylinder
- MPG: 48 city/44 highway
- Electric Range: 26 miles
- Charge Times: 6 hrs @ 110-120v and 2.5 hrs @ 220-240v
- New Values: Starting at $27,500
- Used Values: $24,000-$35,000
- Drivetrain: FWD
2019-Present Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru has been one of the few manufacturers shying away from the EV and PHEV game. However, the tides are starting to turn.
Their most fuel efficient vehicle to date (the Crosstrek), is now available in a plug-in hybrid version. It just happens to be a close competitor with the Outlander. See specs below to compare:
- Battery Capacity: 8.8kW
- Fuel Capacity: 13.2 gallons
- Fuel Type: PHEV
- Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder
- MPG: N/A
- Electric Range: 17 miles
- Charge Times: 5 hrs @ 110-120v and 2 hrs @ 220-240v
- New Values: Starting at $34,995
- Drivetrain: AWD