2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV Hybrid

#36
in Fullsize SUVs
2018 MODEL

$34,595 - $40,295

6.4

Overall Rating

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Overview

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been one of the most selling “Eco-Friendly” SUV’s in the world, as per the claims of the manufacturer. The US however doesn’t have any of such SUV’s in the Market.

Hence, Mitsubishi decided to get this Electric SUV to the shores of US and fill the gap that was existent for long. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV boasts a sophisticated Hybrid powertrain that houses 2 Electric Motors for the 2 Axles of the SUV and a Gas powered motor.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $35,000 for the Base SEL and goes over $41,000 for the Top end GT Trim. The PHEV boasts of Quick Charging and an amazing combined range of 74 MPG.

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Pros

Good In Cabin Noise Insulation

Comfortable Ride Quality

Great Set of Standard Features

Quick Charge Feature

Sophisticated Hybrid Powertrain

Cons

Clumsy infotainment System

Uninspiring Driving Characteristics

What's New?

The Car is all new for 2018


Features



Styles

 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV hybrid in Quartz Brown Metallic color  2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV hybrid in Mercury Gray Metallic color  2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV hybrid in Diamond White Pearl color  2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV hybrid in Cosmic Blue Metallic color  2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV hybrid in Alloy Silver Metallic color
Quartz Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

5.2

Engine

5.2

Interior

6.3

Safety

7.8

Fuel Economy

6.1

Features

7.5

Driving

6.6

6.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV hybrid SEL

SEL

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 7

$34,595

Configurations
SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
Seating: 5 MPG(Combined): MPG(25)

 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander-PHEV hybrid GT

GT

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 7

$40,295

Configurations
GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
Seating: 5 MPG(Combined): MPG(25)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 18 days ago

6.4

Overall Rating


7.5/10
Features

 

5.2/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.3/10
Interior

 

5.2/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $35,000 for the Base SEL and goes over $41,000 for the Top end GT Trim. The PHEV boasts of Quick Charging and an amazing combined range of 74 MPG.

Features

7.5/10

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes in a Total of 2 trims and both come with Mitsubishi’s All Wheel Control AWD Configurations. A total combined output of 197 Hp is available to the Driver while the features slightly differ between both the 2 Trims.

Trims

SEL

GT

Price(AWD)

$35,690

$41,290

Features

Silver Roof Rails

Adds/Upgrades these from “SEL”

Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror with Homelink

Power Sunroof with Sunshade and Tilt feature

Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist

9 Speaker 710W Rockford-Fosgate Music System

Rear Cross traffic Alert

3.0L Engine and Paddle Shifters

Power Remote Tailgate and Shark Fin Antenna

LED high and Low Beam Headlights

Power Folding Side View Mirrors

Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shifters

Leather Seating

LCD Color Multi Information Display

Power Windows with Driver Controlled Auto Up/Down

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We Recommend :

The GT Trim is the Trim to choose as it offers a lot of premium features, without punching a big hole into your pocket.

Engine

5.2/10

With three powertrains that include a class-exclusive PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) model, the Outlander has something for almost everyone—unless zippy acceleration and engine refinement are important, that isCaranddriver.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by 2 Engines that work in tandem. The Gasoline Powered Portion of the Motor has been listed in the table below. The Electrical Part of the Powertrain comprises of 2 AC synchronous Permanent magnet Motors that delivers 60KW of Power and 137Nm of Torque to the Front and 195Nm to the Rear. Power is stored in a 12KWh Lithium Ion battery that consists of 80 Cells connected in Series.

Models

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid suv

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX

MSRP

$36,790

$35,970

$35,840

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L flat4

1.6L i4

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

Continuously variable automatic

6 speed automated manual

Horsepower

117 [email protected] 4500rpm

152 [email protected] 6000rpm

104 [email protected] 5700rpm

Torque

137 [email protected] 4500rpm

145 [email protected] 4000rpm

109 [email protected] 400rpm

Transmission duties are handled by a Single Speed Unit that effortlessly transfers the power between the Front and the Rear Wheels. We are mostly impressed with the State of the Art Hybrid Powertrain that also houses the Regenerative Braking System which saves energy and adds to the power.

Acceleration

Being a single speed Transmission powered SUV yields the Outlander benefits in terms of Acceleration. The Outlander is faster to accelerate to the 60MPH mark than its petrol cousin and delivers Torque quicker than one would expect it to.

Models

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid suv

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX

0-60 MPH

8.9 sec

8.3 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

16.5 sec

17 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L flat4

1.6L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.1

N/A

The Subaru Crosstrek manages to beat Outlander by a very small Margin due to its smaller capacity battery and lower overall weight.

Ride and Handling

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander’s Suspension setup has been sprung softly as compared to its rivals. This means that there is considerable amount of Body Roll while taking turns at corners or changing lanes.

In terms of ride though, the Suspension acts as a Blessing as the Ride is extremely quiet and comfortable for passengers inside. The Outlander absorbs the biggest of Bumps or pot holes with ease without causing much trouble to the passengers sitting inside.

Braking

Despite having a Spongy Brake Setup, the Mitsubishi’s big brake rotors give it a respectable stopping distance of 125ft when decelerating from 60MPH to 0. The Pedals do feel predictable and are easy to work with.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid suv

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11.6

11

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

11.2

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4178

3726

3274

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

118

N/A

What sets the Braking apart is the added Regenerative Braking System that uses the Kinetic Energy generated while braking to charge the Batteries.

Fuel Economy

6.1/10

The Outlander is the only Compact Crossover in its segment that can run solely on Electricity. The Electric Only range of the Outlander is about 26 Miles which is impressive to say the least.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid suv

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX

MPG (city)

N/A

N/A

48

MPG (highway)

N/A

N/A

44

MPG (combined)

74

35

46

Tank Capacity (gal)

11.3

13.2

11.3

The Combined Output from both the Gasoline and the Electric Motor comes out to be a Fantastic 74MPG.

The Supplied Fast Charger allows for charging of the Batteries in under 4 Hours from a Level 2 Charging Station.

Interior

6.3/10

While it isn't the most utilitarian car in its class, the Outlander does have some versatile features such as third-row seating and decent tow ratings–Edmunds.com

Seating and Comfort

The Seats inside the 2018 Outlander PHEV have different characters for the Front and the Rear Units. The Front seats have been well cushioned and bolstered while the rear seats feels a tad bit stiff and unaccommodating as compared to the front units.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid suv

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.6/56.4/40.9

39.8/56.7/43.1

40.1/56.0/41.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/56.0/37.9

37.6/55.6/36.7

39.1/55.2/37.4

In terms of the Ride Comfort, the Ride never gets unsettling while the Quiet powertrain makes for a pleasant riding experience inside the Cabin of the Outlander.

Infotainment

Mitsubishi has decked up the infotainment system of the Outlander with segment standard features. You get a high end stereo system navigation system with connectivity from USB and Aux. Other features have been listed below

  • Bluetooth and USB Connectivity
  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • AM/FM Connectivity
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • 6 Speaker Audio System
  • Energy meters (Charge, Eco, Power)

Interior Features

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a good set of Standard Interior Features. It may not be the most utilitarian of the lot but it does pack some really usable features like Big Door Pockets, Center Console Cup Holders and more.

  • 8 way front power adjustable seats
  • Tilt and Telescopic Adjust steering wheel
  • 60/40 Split Rear Seats
  • Remote Hood and Fuel Door Release.
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control

Cargo Capacity

The 30.4 Cubic Feet of Storage Space is the biggest in this comparison but not all of this storage is actually usable in reality. The Cargo space is Narrow but they offer a lot of depth to store luggage.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL suv

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid suv

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

30.4

15.9

19.4

The Loading bay is not high which allows for easier access to the Cargo Bay in the Rear. The Door Pockets are big and the Center Console houses Big Cup holders and other small cubby holes for storing your cellphones or other stuff.

Exterior

5.2/10

Profile is the Outlander’s best angle, with a pleasing-if-anonymous crossover SUV shape–TheCarConnection.com

Design

The Exterior Design of the 2018 Outlander has seen some changes as compared to its previous year model.

Mitsubishi has added a lot of Chrome into the Front Fascia of the SUV that includes the Front Grill and some extent of the Bumper. 18” Alloy Wheels now come as standard.

The Rear End of the 2018 Outlander has also received some styling tweaks that includes a redesigned bumper and a lot of chrome additions.

Exterior Dimensions

The 2018 Outlander houses Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield Design for the Front. Adding to the design is the generous use of Chrome that adds to the “Feel Big” character of the SUV from the outside.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL Suv

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid suv

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX

Curb weight (lbs.)

4178

3726

3274

Length(in)

184.8

175.8

171.5

Width(in)

70.8

71.0

71.1

Height(in)

67.3

62.8

60.8

Ground clearance (in)

7.3

8.7

6.3

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

104.9

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/60.6

61/61.2

61.6/62.2

In terms of weight though, the Electric Powertrain and the Batteries tend to add on to the bulk of the already bulky SUV. The 184.8 in of Length of the Outlander gives it good space on the Inside for both passengers and storage.

Exterior Features

  • Rear View Camera
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps and Rear Tail Lights
  • Heated and Powered Outside Mirrors
  • Auto On/Off LED Headlamps
  • Silver Roof Rails
  • 18” Dual Tone Alloy Wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Power Glass Sunroof
  • Emergency Tire Repair Kit
  • Shark Fin Antenna

Safety

7.8/10

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander comes stacked, with Safety equipment and features that are offered in other rivals as well. In terms of the Ratings as well, the IIHS and NHTSA has rated the 2018 Outlander as 5 Stars in there tests.

Some Safety features include

  • ABS with ESC and Driveline Traction Control
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Tire Pressure Warning System
  • Multi View Camera System
  • Side Curtain, Front and Thorax Airbags
  • Blind Spot Warning and Lane Change Assist
  • LED Auto Headlamps
  • Forward Collision Mitigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

Competition

Mitsubishi Outlander vs Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is one of the Smallest SUV’s in its own segment but offers the consumers, an option of switching to the Eco Friendly route. The Niro offers a lot of creature comforts as Standard and offers the highest Ground Clearance in today’s comparison. However, the Kia lacks the Sophistication of the Mitsubishi’s Hybrid System and can’t deliver on the space expectations of the passengers inside.

Mitsubishi Outlander vs Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek ranks among the most off road capable SUV’s in the segment and the Electric Powertrain adds an Eco Friendly Factor to this SUV. The Subaru also offers superb handling and great practicality as well. The Mitsubishi Outlander however offers seem less transition from the Petrol Powertrain to the Electric Powertrain with its state of the art Hybrid System and delivers a lot more Mileage than the Subaru. This makes for a more comfortable and quieter ride for the passengers inside and an overall pleasurable experience.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle is the first attempt from any manufacturer in the compact crossover SUV segment, to offer an Electric option to the consumers. The Outlander has a state of the art Hybrid System that makes seem less transition from Gas powertrain to the Electric. It also comes loaded with a lot of features and a smooth and quiet riding experience. All in All, if you want an Electric Compact Crossover SUV without drilling a big hole in your pocket, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the vehicle for you.

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