Alex On Autos Reviews 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, scenic


Check out this in-depth review of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid.

Who better to fill us in on the (finally in the U.S.) Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV than Alex on Autos? With the plethora of reviews out there, and especially these video reviews, there’s few that do it quite to the level of Alex. In fact, he provides more detail the some can even digest.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV cargo hold

A look inside the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV is the first non-luxury PHEV SUV in the U.S. The only other vehicle that can really be compared to the Outlander is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (plug-in), but unlike the Outlander’s ICE sibling, the PHEV only seats five.

Alex also compares it to the Kia Niro PHEV (subcompact) and some traditional (no-plug) hybrids, including the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

All-in-all, the Outlander PHEV is a much better SUV than the low-rated ICE variant, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. However, if you’re shopping for a compact crossover with a plug, this is really your only choice in the U.S. at this time, and it’s priced right at $34,595.

Hat tip to Jeff D!

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Video Description via Alex on Autos on YouTube:

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a long time coming, but is it worth the wait? In this video we take a deep dive into the Outlander. What is it? How does it work? How does it compare to the RAV4 and Rogue Hybrids and who is it right for?

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16 Comments on "Alex On Autos Reviews 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV"

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This is why he’s an excellent reviewer.

Agreed! If you have the time on your hands to fully watch his lengthy reviews, there’s very little he will ever miss or leave out.

Hes the best

Awesome review. However, now that the Outlander PHEV is finally here, I need a sixth seat! Not gonna gamble on the Pacifica PHEV, so going with an old Odyssey, which easily gets 25 mpg on long trips, so we park the van and use the i-MiEV on short trips that don’t involve the whole crew. Time for Nissan-Mitsu to put this drivetrain under a van!

Excellent review. Dykes is at the top of his game. He succinctly describes involved subjects such as fully describing drive train operation in a very short time, a rare skill.

The comparisons afterwards provide a great ‘feel’ for both how the car will behave for the average driver, and also precisely where it is in comparison to the competiton.

The only slight question I have is the function of the rectangle about the MAINS power outlet switch on the dashboard – something about starting the car when the battery is dead. He could have elaborated a sentence or two for that.

The hole above the AC power outlet button? If the battery on your key fob is dead you slide the key fob in there to RFID it and start the car.

The industry drives me crazy to call this size of a car “Compact” by any stretch of an imagination.

As a European, I can only be somewhat bemused by the American use of the word “compact”, in an automotive context.

closely and neatly packed together; dense.
eg. “a compact cluster of houses”

If I were to think of a car that was “closely and neatly packed together”, I’d immediately think of a Smart ForTwo…certainly nothing as big as a Focus or a Golf. And definitely not this PHEV behemoth.

Scramjett (aka Jeff D)

As an America, I apologize (apologise?) for our whacky and confusing terminology.

I believe Alex is referring to the Outlander being a compact SUV or crossover. For context, we consider the Toyota Corolla here in the US a “compact” sedan and the Yaris (Aygo in Europe) is what we would call a “subcompact” sedan. We are now extending that terminology to SUVs.

For additional context, the Toyota Rav 4 is a “compact” SUV and the Toytoa Hilux is a “compact” truck (we call it the Tacoma). An SUV smaller than a Rav 4, such as a Kia Niro, would be considered “subcompact.”

That probably just made things more confusing though! 🙂

I’ve literally waited years for this vehicle. Unfortunately, I could wait no longer and ended up buying another car.

Maybe in a 5 years time I will be looking for a replacement. But, knowing Mitsu, they will have dropped the ball again and there will be better alternatives by then.

Scramjett (aka Jeff D)

What did you end up getting? I’m leaning towards a Hyundai Santa Fe myself.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can use some major refinement improvement overall.

Unfortunately, it is the ONLY choice in its segment.

The PHEV really is the golden goose in Mitsubihsi’s somewhat lackluster lineup. Alex as always does a good job with the review.

Good review, however one chart (at 7:30) showed 26 miles ev range instead of 22.

Scramjett (aka Jeff D)

I caught that too. I was thinking that Alex might have been posting his real world AER rather than the official EPA number.

Scramjett (aka Jeff D)

I have to admit that I was disappointed in the Outlander. But one of the reasons why I like Alex’s reviews so much is that we have similar tastes in vehicle performance. His review of the 2nd gen Volt convinced me to get one and I have not been disappointed. I’ll have to test drive one for sure, but I suspect his review may be indicative of my feelings on the Outlander.

I’d go with the Pacifica Hybrid but then JyChevyVolt pointed me to the Pacifica forums where I found out that the Pacifica spends a lot of time in dealer service centers! Ugh! Looks like I may have to get a gasmobile for my trip car!