Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Test Drive: Despite Making Striking Debut 3 Years Ago, There’s Still That Competitive Edge

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV debuted in 2013. At the time, the only other plug-in hybrid available was Toyota’s Prius PHV, and it was uncertain whether the plug-ins would be able to take off. It is commendable and courageous of the plug-ins to still be in the fray, but if you thinking about the attraction of a plug-in, then you can tell there was a lot of foresight into that with this model.

It had been a while since I last gripping the steering wheel of an Outlander PHEV, but there was no sense of stuffy, old design. A smooth drive with plenty of power, along with limited vibration and noise with the engine running make it a clear competitor among its plug-in brethren. The 60 km EV operational range is amazing in and of itself.

Moreover, that the car has had buttons for what is now considered standard such as the “charge mode” and “save mode” which it has had since its initial model shows how well thought out the Outlander PHEV is. However, it is regrettable that there is no “EV driving” button.

If you compared and HMI with the PHEV, that it may seem simple is that it might be outdated. However, the high speed Chademo charging support and the 100 V AC power outputting 1,500 W and the brakes tuned for collision prevention certainly display all the usability and comfort that Japanese manufacturers work to provide. That you can take this home for under ¥4,000,000 ($39,000 USD) is part of the overall package the Outlander PHEV provides.

It may have been 3 years since the PHEV made its way onto the market, but looking at it as an overall package, it has certainly been designed as a tough competitor among plug-ins.

5 Star Rating:
Package: 3/5 stars
Interior: 3/5 stars
Performance: 5/5 stars
Footwork: 3/5 stars
Recommendation: 3/5 stars

Kenichi Suzuki, automotive journalist (AJAJ member)
From new car reviews to EVs, Suzuki also writes about cutting edge automotive technology, conducts interviews with developers, interviews drivers, and plans driving events. He is especially proficient in interviews concerning picking manufacturers’ minds for information about product development.

[Translated by Bryce Clarke]