Things are looking up at Mitsubishi and a good part of that optimism comes from the new Outlander PHEV.
We weren’t fans of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV when we first drove it and we certainly weren’t impressed by the traditional Outlander. Our opinion of the latter hasn’t changed. The regular Outlander just can’t compete with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, the Mazda CX-5, the Nissan Rogue, the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-Vor the Subaru Forester, among others. On the other hand, the 2019 Outlander PHEV has grown on us.
It’s still the only plug-in hybrid option in the compact SUV segment and that fact alone makes it an SUV worth considering. The Outlander PHEV is the only sport utility vehicle that can drive a significant distance on electricity alone meaning that for buyers who put fuel economy at the top of their list of priorities when buying an SUV, it’s hard to find a better option unless you double your budget. The Toyota RAV4 hybrid is available, but it can’t do what the Outlander PHEV can do which is get you from point A to point B on electric power alone.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 80-horsepower electric motor that’s charged by a 12.0-kWh battery that provides a fully-electric range of 35 kilometers.
That’s not as much as some other PHEV models offered on the market, but it’s still enough to get to work during the week or Junior’s practice on weekends and back without using a single drop of fuel. On the other hand, when summer vacation comes around you can get to the beach or cottage without having to worry about charging stations.
Even after the battery runs out, you still get the reasonable fuel economy rating of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Recharging the battery using a Level 2 240-volt charging station takes just 3.5 hours.
It comes standard with Mitsubishi’s advanced AWC all-wheel drive system, one of the best on the market, and has over 861 liters of cargo space with all seats in place and almost 1,900 liters of total cargo space. It’s not as much as many of the Outlander PHEV’s competition, but considering its plug-in hybrid technology it deserves a pass here.
That’s what makes the Outlander PHEV so appealing. It does things no other SUV in this price range can do and has yet to get a direct competitor, but it also offers other features compact SUV buyers want such as a competent all-wheel drive system and decent cargo capacity. No wonder it’s selling so well month after month. And now that it’s eligible for a Government of Canada EV incentive of up to $2,500, we’re sure sales will do even better. On the other hand, the Outlander PHEV’s battery capacity is 3.0 kWh shy of making the vehicle eligible for the full $5,000 iZEV incentive.
What the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Does Well
- 35 kilometers of useful all-electric range. No other compact SUVs can offer that
- Comfortable ride that feels just like a “regular” compact SUV
- Great cargo capacity that isn’t too impacted by PHEV technology
- Average fuel consumption rating including the electric range of 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers. You won’t find better in this price range
- Very advanced AWC all-wheel drive system
What the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV doesn’t do so well
- The interior looks dated and is kind of bland compared to other compact SUVs
- Significantly more expensive than a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid which may leave some buyers wondering if the extra efficiency is worth it.
- While spacious for a PHEV vehicle, it may not answer the versatility needs of some families
What We Tell Our Friends
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a worthy purchase mainly because of its plug-in hybrid technology. That’s its real differentiating factor and without it, there wouldn’t be any reason to buy a Mitsubishi Outlander over a RAV4, CR-V, Forester, Rogue or Mazda CX-5. Now that that’s out of the way, the Outlander PHEV is popular for a reason. Think how useful 35 kilometers of range daily can be for your specific needs. If you can get to work and back with that, then the Outlander PHEV deserves a test drive.
It’s not cheap, we know, but it also gets a $2,500 rebate from Canada along with other rebates from Quebec and British-Columbia. In Quebec, you get a total of $6,500 off the price of an Outlander PHEV. That makes the electrified Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that much more interesting.
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