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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review – The Waiting Was the Hardest Part

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV front quarter

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Twin 60kW electric motor drivetrain with 2.zero-liter inline 4 range extender (complete system horsepower not quoted)

Single-velocity automated, all-wheel drive

25 (EPA Score, MPG)

seventy four (EPA Score, MPGe)

forty seven.eight (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $forty one,290 US / $fifty one,824 CAD

As Examined: $forty two,280 / $fifty two,178 CAD

Costs embrace $995 vacation spot cost in the United States and $1826 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be immediately in contrast.

The concept was as apparent because it was sensible. Take the hottest phase of motor automobiles on the market and stick an improbably excessive fuel financial system determine on the window sticker. The hybrid revolution made the ungainly Prius a licensed success — so why not a crossover? And why not add a plug to it, letting it run on battery energy for an extended distance?

In 2013, Mitsubishi did simply that, solely abroad. People must wait.

Lastly, the 2018 mannequin yr introduced the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to stateside showrooms. Boasting round 22 miles of all-electric driving range, this plug-in hybrid crossover might meet many drivers’ commuting wants with out utilizing a drop of fuel. Was it value the wait?

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV profile

Driving the Outlander PHEV is sort of just like the non-hybrid model I reviewed a couple of months in the past, with some exceptions. The largest distinction? Whereas this plug-in hybrid doubtless has much less general horsepower than the V6 Outlander I drove then, the instantaneous torque from the pair of electric motors feels stronger in on a regular basis driving. Additional, when the Outlander PHEV is ready to function in electric-solely mode, one shortly notices how a lot noise is generated by the gasoline engine. Mild street and wind noise continues to be current, however the electric drivetrain makes an enormous distinction.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV front 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rear

Adaptive cruise management is an excellent feature, however in contrast to most, this system beeps as automobiles come into and out of the “view” of the system. It’s fairly annoying till you study to tune out the beep. It’s as if the car loses and reacquires missile lock, Prime Gun-type, as the MiG-28 flying overhead (Prius in the left lane forward) hurries up or slows down.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rear quarter

I’m nonetheless not a fan of the styling, although on this darker shade it’s much less jarring than in the silver I checked out earlier than. Apparently, Mitsubishi calls this shade Ruby Black Pearl — in the proper mild, there’s an extremely deep burgundy colour to it. Sadly, each the fading daylight and my lack of images expertise conspired to make it seem shiny black on these digital pages. Belief me — it’s fairly in individual.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV center stack

I don’t approve of the look-at-me-I’m-saving-the-whales “PHEV” stickers plastered on the flanks. I suppose some who purchase a plug-in hybrid achieve this to sign their advantage, however for me it’s an excessive amount of.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV door sticker2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV California Sticker 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV badge

The interior works nicely sufficient, although my previous complaints about materials high quality stay. The method the entrance seats will rock fore and aft beneath acceleration or braking continues to be disconcerting, although that I’ve now observed such conduct in at the least three variants of the Outlander/Outlander Sport line tells me it appears to be a feature Mitsubishi was going for.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV front seat 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rear seat

One observe: the paddles mounted on the steering wheel aren’t for gear choice. Recall the Outlander PHEV doesn’t have a standard transmission. Relatively, the paddles permit the driver to toggle between various ranges of regenerative braking. Ought to you end up coasting down an extended grade, clicking the paddle a few occasions to invoke stronger “engine” braking will add cost again into the battery, whereas saving the friction brakes a bit of labor.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV interior

I did study one thing fascinating throughout my week with the Outlander PHEV — my home isn’t fairly prepared for plug-in hybrid automobiles. Appears my microwave, mounted over my oven, is wired into the similar circuit that powers a lot of my storage. Together with the outlet the place I plugged in the Outlander PHEV. I’d by no means observed this earlier than, as my behavior was to plug in any automobiles late in the night, shortly earlier than mattress. Not this time — I plugged in the Mitsubishi, then proceeded to make popcorn.

Appears the amp draw between the microwave and the car is a bit an excessive amount of for the forty-yr-previous wiring on this suburban tract home. It took a number of tries — and stumbling down the stairs, utilizing my cellphone as a flashlight, to reset the breaker — earlier than I noticed my mistake.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gauges

Mercifully, ought to one have entry to a Degree three DC CHAdeMO quick-charging station, the Outlander PHEV can cost to eighty % of capability in about 25 minutes, in line with Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi has turned a suitable crossover into a reasonably good plug-in hybrid crossover with the Outlander PHEV. Disgrace it couldn’t have made it to our shores in 2014. Or 2016. Or 2017. It stays widespread abroad, the place it was considered one of the first plug-in hybrids to succeed in the market. Now that Mitsubishi has ceded the race to be first, there are too many extra compelling choices.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV grille

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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