2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT: Adding Miles with a Plug

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 10:39 PM

2018mitsubishioutlanderphev475Making its debut in the United States, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT is all new for 2018. It’s one of the first plug-ins in the SUV class. It looks the same as the gas-only Outlander but offers only two rows of seating instead of three, to make room for the batteries and electric motor.

On a full battery, the Outlander PHEV can go 22 miles on electric power only. It can charge from a 120-volt, 240-volt or DC fast-charger source. I took it over to my fast-charger and let it charge for 15 minutes and got 11 miles of all-electric power.

The Outlander PHEV comes in two trim levels: SEL and GT. This review will focus on the GT trim.

2018mitsubishioutlanderphevintWith LED headlights and foglights, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, a multiview camera, dual AC power outlets, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system the GT adds to the already loaded base model. Add to that enhanced driver aids including forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams and you’ve got a fully-loaded SUV.

The Oulander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, paired with a 60-kilowatt electric motor for a total of 197 horsepower. Expect to get 74/mpg, gas and electric power, and 25/mpg with gas only.

On the inside, the Outlander is roomy enough to seat four comfortably, five if the backseat passengers are children. The materials used in the construction are hard plastic and vinyl so it appears a bit down market. With the backseats down, there is 78 cubic feet of cargo space. Tech equipment is plentiful and relatively easy to operate.

Driving the Outlander PHEV is a mixed bag. When it is in electric mode the engine is smooth with little noise, but when in gas mode, the engine is harsh and the noise permeates the cabin. From a dead stop the electric engine gave the car a boost but when the gas engine kicked in it seemed to bog down. Steering is good around curves and in regular city driving the engine is much quieter than it is in highway driving.

Need an SUV? Want to add some extra range without the cost of gas? Give the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT a test drive.