The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was one of many first plug-in mainstream SUVs to hit the street. However simply since you arrived early does not imply you will be the lifetime of the occasion.

Not solely is the Mitsubishi outdated in quite a lot of methods, it would not publish big positive aspects in effectivity over its gasoline-only rivals. Positive, it is comfy and properly geared up, however with its greater price of entry, is the Outlander PHEV only a robust promote?

Competent cruiser

The Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.Zero-liter, four-cylinder engine that works at the side of a 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and two electrical motors — one on the entrance axle and one on the rear. For essentially the most half, the battery and electrical motors are what truly drive the SUV’s wheels, whereas the engine itself costs the battery. At freeway speeds, nevertheless, the engine can straight energy the wheels to assist with high-speed effectivity. Complete system output is 190 horsepower, the supply of which is actually easy. No, the four,200-pound Outlander is not going to win many drag races, but it surely’s not noticeably gradual off the road, both. With the electrical motors offering a silky provide of prompt torque from a cease, there’s simply sufficient grunt to leap forward of visitors when the sunshine flashes inexperienced.

That is not to say the Outlander likes to be pushed shortly. Quite the opposite, it would not deal with notably properly when you attempt to hustle it although turns. As an alternative, this Mitsubishi is far happier when merely straight-line cruising, like on the freeway. That is the place it comes into its personal and begins to indicate off its finest attribute: its comfy trip. The Outlander’s steering contributes to that relaxed feeling from behind the wheel. An abundance of energy help makes maneuvering a breeze by way of the tight confines of downtown LA. Nevertheless, when you’re looking for steering really feel, you will should look elsewhere, as a result of suggestions is just about nonexistent.

Even off-road, this plug-in Mitsubishi is sort of comfy to drive.

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As soon as it’s essential deliver the Outlander down from velocity, it is a fairly seamless affair. The regenerative braking performs good with the crossover’s standard stoppers, serving to the Outlander PHEV decelerate easily irrespective of how a lot strain is fed to the brake pedal.

In accordance with EPA estimates, the Outlander PHEV will get 25 miles per gallon mixed. That is three mpg greater than the non-hybrid, V6, all-wheel drive Outlander, however 2 mpg lower than the gas-only, four-cylinder, front-wheel drive Outlander. Regardless of that deficit, the EPA nonetheless says the PHEV’s annual gas price is $200 cheaper than the non-hybrid four-cylinder mannequin. That is as a result of when the Outlander PHEV is in all-electric mode — the place it will possibly journey as much as 22 miles on a full cost — it is getting as much as 74 MPGe. Sadly, with out the power to incessantly cost, I spent most of my check time with the Outlander working as a standard hybrid, leaving me with 27.2 noticed mpg after every week of testing.

Stage 1 charging from a regular family energy outlet can take as little as eight hours to replenish a depleted battery. Dishing out the identical quantity of juice with Stage 2 charging reduces the wait time to three.5 hours. The Outlander PHEV can also be appropriate with DC quick charging, which lets you refresh as much as 80 % in 25 minutes.

For 2019, the Outlander is nicer than ever, inside and outside.

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All completed up

For 2019, the Outlander’s grille and headlamps obtain delicate tweaks, which make the SUV extra fetching than ever. Inside, the sprint design is dated, although the up to date entrance seats and middle console gradual the ageing course of a bit of. The standard of cabin supplies is not as good as different SUVs on this worth vary, however the inside is not objectionable for a crossover beginning at $37,175, together with $1,095 for vacation spot.

Dated or not, it is simple to get comfy within the cabin because of its wonderful driving place. Mitsubishi labored on lessening noise, vibration and harshness for 2019, and the result’s an inside that is positively quieter than earlier than. It is considerably spacious inside, too — not just for passengers, but in addition for cargo. There’s 30.four cubic toes behind the again seats, and as much as 66.6 cubic toes with the second row folded. Fashions geared up with a sunroof see a slight discount in most cargo capability to 62.eight cubic toes. Equally-sized automobiles just like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue, although, provide as much as 75.eight and 70 cubic toes of cargo house, respectively. And for what it is value, the Outlander PHEV can tow as much as 1,500 kilos.

The plug-in hybrid is barely out there within the Outlander’s highest SEL and GT trims, so the SUV comes fairly well-equipped. Along with leather-based upholstery and heated entrance seats, the PHEV encompasses a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The smartphone mirroring is particularly good, seeing as Mitsubishi’s built-in infotainment interface is extra sophisticated than it must be. The SEL additionally encompasses a six-speaker stereo with HD and satellite tv for pc radio. Normal security options embody blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rain-sensing wipers.

Cargo house is not class-leading, however there’s nonetheless loads of room for hauling stuff.

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How I would spec it

Whereas the bottom Outlander presents loads of must-have options, I would get one specced similar to my GT-trim instance. Coming in at $42,875, my tester provides full-LED headlights, keyless entry with push-button begin, an influence liftgate, sunroof, a heated steering wheel, 360-degree digicam and a 1,500-watt, AC energy provide with two retailers.

The GT additionally provides a bangin’ 710-watt, nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, plus security options like collision-mitigation braking, adaptive cruise management, lane-departure warning and automated high-beams.

Environment friendly-ish, and with too many tradeoffs

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is roughly $7,000 costlier than its comparably geared up, V6, all-wheel drive stablemate, however consider federal, state and native incentives, and that worth premium could possibly be decreased nearer to simply $1,000.

Nonetheless, at about $43,000 all loaded up, the Outlander PHEV is pricey for one thing that is not actually that environment friendly. For about $eight,000 much less (earlier than incentives), you could possibly have a decked-out Honda CR-V that is estimated to publish higher effectivity than what I noticed in my week with the Mitsubishi. In case you can plug in your Outlander every single day, then sure, it’d make some sense. In any other case, you are higher off trying elsewhere.

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