Used 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL SUV Review
Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL SUV
Pros & Cons
- 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
- Small gas tank limits overall range
- Regular fuel economy is underwhelming
- Lower ground clearance hinders off-road ability
- Limited Mitsubishi dealer network
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.
Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV
The Outlander PHEV is the most off-road-capable vehicle in its small class and handles its complex powertrain smoothly on the road. But it suffers most of the foibles possible for a heavy hybrid SUV: It's slow and unrefined, with a harshly buzzing engine, bizarre steering and floppy handling.
The comfortable front seats and climate control with a number of customization options are the highlights, along with the quiet of an electric motor in certain situations. But an unsettled, busy ride and generous helpings of noise on the freeway or when the engine engages spoil the effect.
The Outlander PHEV is roomy, with good visibility and easy entry and exit thanks to tall door openings and doors that aren't very long. But the cabin feels cheaply built, controls can be hard to locate, and taller drivers will find the driving position awkward.
Put the fold-flat rear seats down, and there are tons of cargo space. But with them up, large wheelwell intrusions make for less usable space. There's a good amount of interior storage, but it's not well-organized and lacks the little cubbies and pockets that make other vehicles agreeable.
The neatest tech tricks here are the high-output household outlets and a display of the vehicle's GPS coordinates. Cellphone integration is also welcome. But the voice controls are deeply frustrating in practice, and the stereo, while loud, doesn't offer a lot of fidelity.
Edmunds Insurance Estimator
The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Virginia is:not available