We’ve driven the Mistubishi Outlander before, and we did enjoy it. But this Outlander is slightly different. The differences are subtle from outside, but this Outlander is the all-new plug hybrid version. We were eager to see if it is as good or better than its purely gas-powered sibling.
This Outlander is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a 12-kilowatt lithium ion battery. Total system output is a fairly mundane 190 horsepower, but the electric motor’s instant torque abate the majority of sluggishness. When the batteries are fully charged, Mitsubishi claims that the Outlander PHEV can travel up to 22 miles. Without access to a fast charger, our week with the Outlander PHEV was spent mostly in hybrid drive mode, which allowed us to observe mid 20’s MPGs. Not stellar by any means, but also pretty good for a 4,200 lbs crossover.
Charging the Outlander PHEV from your standard 110V outlet at home takes approximately 8 hours according. Opt for a Level 2 charger and the time decreases into the 3-3.5 hour range. At time of this writing, the Outlander is the only SUV that can utilize DC fast charging, which will bring the battery to 80% capacity in 25 minutes. If you find yourself outside of areas with established EV infrastructure, one way to charge the Outlander PHEV is to utilize its various braking modes. The regenerative braking can vary from unnoticeable to one-pedal driving. This was a popular feature during our week of testing, with different levels dialed in via the Evo-inspired paddle shifters attached to the steering column.
On the outside, the Outlander PHEV is fairly difficult to discern from its regular gasoline-powered brethren, sporting only a couple badges and an extra filler door for the charge port. All 2019 Outlanders received a mild facelift to the grille and headlamps. Inside, the Outlander is dated. The front seats and center console were updated in a previous refresh, but everything inside is starting to feel tired. On the bright side, this PHEV is definitely one of the quietest we’ve driven, with added noise cancellation and soundproofing.
The drive is fairly unremarkable and completely inoffensive. It isn’t fast, but can get to highway speeds in a respectable time without too much groaning. Just remember this isn’t a back road cruiser. It’s definitely designed with highway commuting in mind. Quiet, comfortable, and spacious enough for the family getaway, the Outlander PHEV is and affordable efficiency offering that is larger than your standard hybrid.
|2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
|As Tested MSRP||$42,590|
Categories: Driven, Mitsubishi, Scott Villeneuve
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