2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: An Affordable Family Plug-in Hybrid [Review]

The Mitsubishi Outlander gets a new hybrid stablemate.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. [Photo: Mitsubishi]

OVERVIEW

A few major considerations confront the consumers of electric vehicles. The first is range capability on the electric motors, followed by the time required for recharging. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid) offers a compromise with 22 miles of electric range and CHAdeMO DC fast charging.

In addition to the 25 minute fast charging time, the hybrid Outlander delivers a total combined gas and electric range of 310 miles and a 74 MPGe with a 25 MPG gas only EPA rating. A free Outlander PHEV II app may be download the to your smartphone to control vehicle functions over Wi-Fi. Preheat or cool the cabin, set the most efficient charge times and more from the comfort of your own home.

The Mitsubishi 2018 Outlander stable carries a higher level of sophistication, better quality, improved driving dynamics, more technology and more efficient operation. Now, the plug-in hybrid joins the Outlander family for 2018.

Essentially, Mitsubishi chose to drop several once-popular vehicles like the Lancer from their inventory. Now, the company’s primary focus rests on crossovers. That includes maintaining a competitive position with the Outlander and Outlander Sport models.

Specifically, this 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC is a visually appealing and sporty crossover SUV. The model features an impressive list of standard features and equipment. The car’s Continuously Variable Transmission operates smoothly and the Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system offers a more controllable driving experience. Driving force is directed intelligently from front to rear and left to right to the front wheels.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Moving up to the GT model from the SEL offers Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and a Multi-View Camera System. There are also two AC power outlets with a combined 1500W power supply.

In addition to the two trim levels, there are also more available options. Those options include a $195 All Weather Package; a $115 Cargo Mat Package and a $370 Chrome Package, which adds chrome mirror covers and door handles. There’s also a $1,695 rear-seat Entertainment Package and a $450 Towing Package with a 1,500-pound capacity.

Seating up front in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is infinitely adjustable for optimum driving comfort. Mitsubishi simplified the seating arrangement for optimum user friendliness. On top of the comfortable seats, the ride quality is comfortable and the steering is linear and responsive.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
[Photo: Mitsubishi]

PERFORMANCE

Propulsion for the 2018 Outlander PHEV GT comes from a transversely-mounted 2.0-liter gas engine. The engine puts out 117 horsepower on its own, along with 137 lb-ft of torque. That engine sends power to a single-speed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The gas engine combines with two electric motors. One of the 80 horsepower motors is up front, while the other is in the rear. There’s no driveshaft connecting the axles. Instead, the rear motor kicks in as part of the all-wheel drive system.

The Outlander PHEV GT manages to blend pleasing driving dynamics with contemporary visual appeal, functionality and versatility. It’s not only comfortable, but agile as well. The S-AWC system may be operated “on-the-fly” via a simple control knob.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
[Photo: Mitsubishi]

TFLCAR’S TAKE

The Outlander is attainable for a wide range of consumers thanks to its broad price range and various trim choices across the model lineup. Even the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes in two trim levels for some more choice. The optional equipment packages are also reasonably priced, allowing consumers to personally equip their selected Outlander model to best fulfill their requirements and desires.

The base price for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $40,295. However, with metallic paint, an accessory cargo cover, body graphics, carpeted floor mats and destination charges bump the final tally to $42,225.

SPECIFICATIONS: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC

On Sale: Now
Base MSRP: $40,295
Price as Tested:
$42,225
Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC inline-4 with two permanent magnet synchronous AC motors
Drivetrain (Layout): Transversely mounted front engine, all-wheel drive
Horsepower: Engine: 117 hp @ 4,500 rpm

Electric motors: 80 hp each (rear motor engages as part of AWD system)

Total system output: 197 hp

Torque: Engine: 137 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

Front electric motor: 101 lb-ft

Rear electric motor: 144 lb-ft

Transmission: Single-speed with fixed reduction gear
Suspension: Front: MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar

Rear: Multi-link with stabilizer bar

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs (vented front)
Tires: Toyo A24 225/55 R18 97H
Fuel capacity: 11.3 gallons
Fuel economy (EPA): 74 Combined MPGe / 25 MPG gasoline only

Total Range:  310 miles

Electric depletion rate: 45kWh per 100 miles

Dimensions:

Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Length: 184.8 inches
Width: 70.8 inches
Height: 67.3 inches
Turning Circle: 35.56 feet
Curb Weight: 4,178 pounds

 

Arv Voss
Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring journalist and member and past officer of several noted automotive journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles as well.