2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Save up to $4,965
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Save up to $4,965

Pros

  • Delivers plug-in SUV utility without luxury SUV price
  • Offers a generous list of standard features
  • Sophisticated all-wheel drive offers stability on slippery surfaces
  • Generous warranty coverage

Cons

  • Limited Mitsubishi dealer network
  • Lower ground clearance hinders off-road ability
  • Regular fuel economy is underwhelming
  • Small gas tank limits overall range
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV years
2018


Which Outlander PHEV does Edmunds recommend?

We think it's worth springing for the GT trim once you figure in a standard federal tax rebate for plug-in hybrid vehicles. It costs a lot more than the base model, but the addition of key accident avoidance features (forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning) and other luxuries — such as a sunroof, heated steering wheel, multiview camera, upgraded sound system, and two rear household-style power outlets — justify the jump.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers a reason to take another look at this family SUV. While the regular Outlander lacks the comfort and refinement of its many competitors, the new PHEV model is one of the first vehicles to bring plug-in recharging capability to the SUV class.

Mitsubishi has sold the Outlander PHEV in other global markets for two years. Now it makes its debut in the United States. Starting at about $35,000 before applicable tax credits, the Outlander PHEV looks pretty much the same as its gas engine-only counterpart. But for the PHEV decals and badging, you wouldn't know the difference.

It's a different story under the hood, where a four-cylinder gas engine joins electric hybrid components. The engine and electric motor combination drives the front wheels, while a second electric motor drives the rear wheels. Sophisticated computer processing determines the best way to dole out power to all four wheels, although drivers can also manually engage a four-wheel-drive lock mode when desired.

Total system output is 197 horsepower, yet the Outlander PHEV's key appeal to most drivers will be its plug-in rechargeability. Mitsubishi says the Outlander plug-in can travel about 22 miles on a full charge, and you can charge from 120-volt, 240-volt or DC fast-charger sources. We'll wait to see what real-world driving actually yields, but 22 miles on all-electric power is similar to how far you can go in other plug-in hybrids.

Less impressive is the Outlander PHEV's fuel economy once the rechargeable battery is largely depleted. At just 25 mpg in combined city/highway driving, it actually does a little worse than a regular four-cylinder Outlander with all-wheel drive (26 mpg). A non-plug-in Toyota RAV4 Hybrid posts 32 mpg combined.

Plug-in utility requires some additional sacrifices. Unlike the standard Outlander, the PHEV doesn't offer three rows of seats due to placement of the battery pack and electrical components. Mitsubishi also had to use a smaller gas tank with the PHEV, and that limits overall gas-electric driving range.

But with 78 cubic feet of maximum cargo space and standard all-wheel drive, the PHEV still rates as a proper SUV. If you need the space and utility and you like the idea of maximizing miles through electricity, the Outlander PHEV warrants a close look.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a five-passenger plug-in hybrid SUV offered in two trim levels: SEL and GT. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (117 horsepower) joined by a 60-kilowatt electric motor; the combination drives the front wheels, and a second 60-kW motor powers the rear wheels. Total system output is rated at 197 hp. Electrical power is stored in a 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights with LED accents, foglights, heated side mirrors, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, keyless entry, push-button start, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, voice controls, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, a 7-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Driver safety aids include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Stepping up to the GT adds LED headlights and foglights, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, a multiview camera, dual AC power outlets (rated up to 1,500 watts), and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system. Enhanced driver aids include forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

There are two main option packages. The Entertainment package includes a rear-seat DVD player with remote control and wireless headphones, while the Towing package includes a tow hitch and trailer-prepped wiring harness. There are also a handful of optional accessory and cosmetic trim packages that include items such as side mirror covers, lower air dams and cargo mats.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The observations in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2.0L inline-4 plug-in hybrid | automatic | AWD) and observations from our full test of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL (2.4L inline-4 | CVT automatic | AWD).

Driving

On-road handling feels uninspired, but the Outlander PHEV comports itself well on a dirt trail. Its twin-motor, all-wheel-drive system delivers admirable power and traction in slippery stuff, making it a good candidate for soft-road car camping excursions.

Acceleration

The steering has a natural feel, with quick turn-in yet effort that's light enough for around-town driving. It's easy to keep the Outlander steering straight on the highway.

Off-road

The PHEV's all-wheel drive delivers stout and capable traction in the slippery stuff. But lower ground clearance, due to the battery pack and components packaging, limits the PHEV to 7.3 inches of ground clearance — more than an inch lower than the regular Outlander.

Comfort

The Outlander isn't as refined as many of its competitors. The seats need more cushioning, and the steering wheel, while nicely weighted and chunky, still feels far away even at its closest position. The PHEV's cabin is nicer overall since it's offered only in the lineup's top two trims.

Seat comfort

The front seats are far from plush and offer mediocre comfort. The door and center armrests offer almost no padding. The rear seats also are not overly comfy, and the middle seat is hard. The PHEV does not have a third-row seat.

Ride comfort

The Outlander handles mild bumps pretty easily, but city potholes and bigger bumps at speed significantly upset its composure. It comes down to a lack of suspension design refinement.

Noise & vibration

Wind noise is well-controlled, and the tires are exceptionally quiet. There's some suspension noise over big bumps.

Interior

Plenty of headroom and legroom for adults in the front and second rows, and outward visibility is excellent. The build quality is disappointing, though.

Utility

The Outlander PHEV walks the line between utility SUV and plug-in family shuttle. Battery pack placement cuts down on cargo space, but a capable all-wheel-drive system can take adventures farther afield. The optional 110-volt power outlet can handle 1,500 watts for serious tailgating/camping fun.

Small-item storage

For an SUV of this size, the Outlander has good-size door pockets, but the front bin is far away and the center-console cupholders have no anti-tip design.

Cargo space

You give up very little with the Outlander PHEV. Behind the rear seats, there is 30.4 cubic feet of space available. Folding the rear seats yields 78 cubic feet of space.

Towing

Like the gas-only four-cylinder Outlander, the PHEV model is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds and offers an optional tow hitch receiver. We shudder to think how towing would devour the meager electric-only cruising range, but it's a thoughtful touch for hanging bike or accessory racks.

Technology

In-car tech isn't a particular Mitsubishi strength, but the offerings with the PHEV are sufficient and include a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an optional nine-speaker audio system. Most common driver safety aids are available on the top-trim GT model.

Audio & navigation

The 7-inch touchscreen serves as an interface for audio, Bluetooth and connected apps. No embedded navigation offered. A six-speaker sound system with dual USB ports and satellite-HD radio is standard; an optional upgrade comes with eight speakers and a subwoofer.

Smartphone integration

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and that's a good thing for drivers who need navigation and own an iPhone or Android phone. Not such good news for drivers who've opted out of smartphones and still need navigation.

Driver aids

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come standard, but other desirable features — forward collision alert, automatic braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control among them — are reserved for the GT trim level.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Great Test drives
Nate the great,01/13/2018
Figured something is better than nothing... so I'll post the first review in case some of you have no nearby dealer. Test drove a silver GT and red SEL. Impressions: 1) Gorgeous exterior, nothing not to like. Nice to have 8.5 inch ground clearance, beats most other CUV's, except the CX9. Stock rims look great. 2) Interior is also nice. Seats very comfortable, good thigh support for a 5'11 guy... for what that is worth. Both driver and passenger seats are 8 way power adjustable, which is very rare for this class. Not having a third row is probably the deal breaker for my wife. Between the black and brown leather, I liked black with silver stitching, my wife liked brown with red stitching. 3) Performance. Good not great. Thought acceleration was a bit slow in the 30 to 60 range, although it was plenty zippy off the line. Really loved the paddle shifters, adjusting the engine resistance when foot was taken off gas (for accelerated charging). B5 for tight city driving or hills made one foot driving possible. B2 or 1 for highway driving. Love the amount of control you have over the electric, or combustion. I would recommend going combustion on the highway and electric in the city. A guy who bought one at the dealer was in to get a tow hitch installed and told me he was getting 125mpg so far using that technique. As far as sspension and braking, it was phenomenal. Ive never experienced regen brakes that tight and smooth... did not feel like hybrid brakes. Suspension was perfect.... firm but not crazy tight. Definitely minimized body roll, but could be considered a bit rough for those used to a boat like cadillac experience. Tech: I'm not a big fan of my car braking for me, so I could care less about that, but for SA, the GT trim has all this crazy safety, tech features plus the moonroof and Rockford sound system. Android auto, Apple car play standard both trims. Misc: Surprised about the 11.5 gallon gas tank... deal breaker for me. Unless you do all short trips, this is not the right car. 300ish mile range is no bueno if you have to do a cross country haul on occasion. Worse range than almost any hybrid vehicle. Still a five star vehicle... but I'd be traveling with a 5 gallon gas can in the rear. Overall great day driving Mitsubishi, and with a 2500 dollar rebate and fed tax refund this is a great deal.
Superb Mileage and Performance for Daily Commute.
cvs,01/12/2018
I went to dealer on 30 december and trade in my Prius immediately. I was totally happy with the purchase and it has 5 braking modes which can stop the car by itself. It has three driving mode and if you are confused then dont select anything and the computer will do its job way better. The instant pickup is great (not like sports car). The mileage is good and it has better isulation and you dont see any road noise inside the cabin. I handles better in the corner and i am driving daily i am liking more and more. Keep in mind it is regular SUV and for daily commute. I go 20 miles one way daily.
Once you do electric you will never go back!!!!!!!
PHEV_Mark,03/28/2018
Ok, just test drive one. Once you slide into those leather seats and grab the shifting knob and roll your hands over her firm steering wheel then slowly ride her as she quietly drives with that electric drive....mmmmmm so nice. Have driven 3K miles in 2 months. A quiet ride and smooth. Easy to charge but takes getting used to hitting a button and nothing happens until you shift and give her a little on the pedal. I achieve 25 miles on electric only and forget about that 300 mile range. If it is city driving I have surpassed 500 miles on a single tank on hybrid mode. Regeneration is the key. Let her slurp it back up when she is going down....hill. Quick off the line but a ittle slow when you want her to run. I bought her to help me lower my carbon footprint and Protect our Winters. My hope is that many find electrics our the way to go and abandon gasoline powered cars. My last car was a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid. Now I have a 2018 Mitsu PHEV baby steps to full electric. I have driven the future and I like it. Ride is a little heavy but blasting hrough a snowstorm of heavy rains? This car is a car on rails. It never felt out of control througha 18inch storrm. My problem was getting past the idiots doing 25. I was doing 50 and it was letting me run her. Its a SUV. Lots of cargo space and fun to drive. I really like her.
Not your average hybrid!
Skylar Bulosan,02/16/2018
They gave me an amazing deal on a 2018 Outlander PHEV. This vehicle is a life-saver! I have had it for almost 2 months and still not needed to refill the gas. With my driving I am able to drive solely off the battery and that has been saving me a lot of money! We all know traffic is bad and with my HOV sticker, my commutes to work are cut in half. I don't spend hours in traffic on the 91 and when I go out somewhere that uses toll roads, I sure as hell take advantage of those toll discounts.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$34,595
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Hybrid
N/A
MSRP
$40,295
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Hybrid
N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Outlander PHEV safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring
Alerts when a car is hidden in a blind spot, or is approaching one, to protect the driver from a potential lane-changing collision.
360-Degree Camera
Creates a simulated bird's-eye view of the car for tight parking situations, allowing the driver to see the car from all angles.
Forward Collision Mitigation
Helps mitigate an accident by monitoring ahead, warning the driver of an impending collision, and applying the brakes in certain scenarios.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for Sale

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2018 GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
New 2018
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
GT
King Mitsubishi
17.8 mi away
MSRP$41,900
Est.Loan: $737/mo
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Dealer Notes
This outstanding example of a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL is offered by King. Want more room? Want more style? This Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the vehicle for you. Taking the road less traveled has never been more fun than with this 4WD. With improved performance, mileage and acceleration, this 2018 4WD Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL is king of the off-road. Beautiful color combination with White exterior over BLACK interior making this the one to own! The look is unmistakably Mitsubishi, the smooth contours and cutting-edge technology of this Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL will definitely turn heads.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2018 GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
New 2018
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
GT
MSRP$43,155
Est.Loan: $760/mo
Fair Deal!Fair Deal!
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Dealer Notes
This outstanding example of a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT is offered by Renn Kirby Mitsubishi. This Mitsubishi includes: QUICK VALUE PACKAGE 1 Wheel Locks ACCESSORY HOOD EMBLEM (PIO) ACCESSORY CARPETED FLOOR MATS Floor Mats TOWING PACKAGE Tow Hitch ACCESSORY TONNEAU COVER (PIO) Cargo Shade ACCESSORY BODY SIDE MOLDINGS (PIO) *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* Want more room? Want more style? This Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the vehicle for you. There's a level of quality and refinement in this Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that you won't find in your average vehicle. Handle any terrain with ease thanks to this grippy 4WD. Whether you're on a slick pavement or exploring the back country, you'll be able to do it with confidence. Marked by excellent quality and features with unmistakable refined leather interior that added value and class to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV At Renn Kirby Mitsubishi It's all about the adventure and getting the most enjoyment out of your new ride. we strive to provide you with the best quality vehicles for the lowest possible price, and this is no exception.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2018 SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
New 2018
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
SEL
MSRP$36,210
Est.Loan: $638/mo
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Dealer Notes
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL 2.0L DOHC 4WD 2.0L DOHC, ABS brakes, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Heated Front Bucket Seats, Heated front seats, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Power Liftgate, Remote keyless entry, Traction control. $4,999 off MSRP! Price includes: $2,000 - Customer Rebate. Exp. 10/31/2018

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Overview

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is offered in the following submodels: Outlander PHEV SUV. Available styles include SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD), and GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD).

What do people think of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,565. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) is trending $4,965 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,950. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) is trending $4,064 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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