CarAdvice Says Goodbye To Long-Term Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Video

APR 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 17

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is Gobbling Up All Of Mitsubishi's Battery Supply

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is Gobbling Up All Of Mitsubishi’s Battery Supply

CarAdvice tested the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for over six months and finally released its overall rating of 6.5/10.

On the positive side, Outlander PHEV could be a very efficient SUV in city:

“Properly efficient in the urban environment; big and capable of holding plenty of stuff; the most practical EV at this price; new 10-amp plug capability means no exorbitant 15-amp install fee at home.”

Long-distance travels isn’t the best environment for the Outlander PHEV.  Some problems with the infotainment system surfaced too:

“Not as efficient as you might expect when it’s out of its comfort zone; constant quibbles with usability of the infotainment system; diesel Outlander an all-round better option (unless you’re hell-bent on green cred!)”

In Australia, Outlander PHEV costs $52,490 ($39,905).

“In summary, our 10,000-odd kilometres and six months in the car left us both hot and cold.

Its average fuel consumption of about 5.6 litres per 100km – pretty good given this is a big bus with plenty of space, but our numbers were well over the claimed consumption figure of 1.9L/100km. And, it must be considered that electricity isn’t free (unless you’re like Andy, and solar panels ain’t cheap!).

Our overall rating has dropped away over time – we initially gave the car a 7.5 out of 10 at launch, which then dropped to 7/10 in our initial long-term reviews. After six months, it dipped a little lower: 6.5/10.

There’s no denying the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers an alternative to the diesel and petrol SUVs that dominate this segment. And as far as electric cars go, it offers an unparalleled practicality advantage for the price. For that, Mitsubishi deserves some accolade.”


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17 Comments on "CarAdvice Says Goodbye To Long-Term Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Video"

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Let’s cut to the chase: If the US Outlander PHEV 2016 has a 16KWh battery and seats 7 it will sell like crazy. Otherwise…. meh.

I completely agree.

Yes, a 16 kwh battery would be nice, but theFord Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi have batteries half that size (7.6-kWh). Together these two cars have cumulatively sold nearly 36,000 units as of the end of 2014. A solid 5th place finish:

The Outlander PHEV was #2 in 2014 global sales without selling a single unit in the US

So if you mean “meh” to mean solid sales putting the Outback PHEV towards the top of the pack (but not on top), then you are probably right. It certainly has some room for improvement.

But if you mean “meh” to be bottom of the pack sales numbers (like their i-MiEV) then I would disagree.

The current model only seats 5, because the battery goes where the fold down third row seating is. That’s probably a wise decision on where to put the battery, and third row seats tend not to be useable for anyone older than 10 or so anyway. A larger battery would be nice, but the current version has a 12kwh battery. I think it will sell very well — probably including one for me in a couple of years.

“This is NOT the perfect execution of the plug-in hybrid mobility…”

I wonder what the true meaning of the statement is, i.e. is there a flaw in the Mitsubishi system (e.g. rough), or is there a disappointment on what CarAdvise had on fuel economy, or is there something else?

Lots of “green” people are so looking into this vehicle to arrive in the US, so this review is actually a very bad review for the vehicle itself, imho.

> means no exorbitant 15-amp install fee at home.”

Or just change the electrician and let it done by someone, who doesn’t charge you exorbitant for a 0815 job.

Both the leaf evse and outlander evse draw less than 10A in Australia so the issues is only the size of the earth pin you can by 15A to 10A from camping shops or hardware shores. These are legal, inexpensive and contain a 10A fuse which won’t trip.

“new 10-amp plug capability means no exorbitant 15-amp install fee at home.”

When the middle class added an electric stove requiring a 10-3 wire and 50 amp circuit there was no major news of exorbitant cost.

When the middle class added an electric hot water heater in the 50’s requiring another 30 amp circuit, there was no major hub bub.

When heat pumps replaced oil furnaces requiring another 30-40 amp circuit and plasma TVs (now dying) required yet another circuit, it never made the news.

In many cases, this is the easiest add on circuit yet. Yes, there will be difficult circumstances, but the easy runs will way out weigh the difficult ones

“And, it must be considered that electricity isn’t free (unless you’re like Andy, and solar panels ain’t cheap!).

Actually, with federal and State credits, they are cheap, and getting cheaper every day. I see a lot of “old” paradigms in this review.

The review is from an Australian site.

I don’t think this is a bad review, but a review that is most importantly saying that if you drive mostly long trips, the consumption is much more then claimed. We all knew that. This car isn’t for driving a lot of long trips, but you CAN do it without range anxiety. But if you use it only now and then for long trips and plug it in as much as possible, it has a low fuel consumption.

Pro: The Mitsubishi Outlander is one the world’s two best-selling SUV, and stands out in the plug-in EV crowd as (so far as I know) the only light truck with significant sales. There are a lot of people who really like the truck, and praise the engineering.

Con: It’s still a compromise vehicle. Compelling EVs are designed from the ground up, like the Tesla Model S and the GM Volt (altho the latter does share some parts with the Chevy Cruze). Contrariwise, the Outlander is a gas guzzler SUV with an electric powertrain shoehorned into it.

Bottom line: With only 20 miles of electric range, the fact that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the best-selling EVs says more about the lack of compelling EVs on the market than it does about how well the car performs.

Drat! Editing error (oh, for an EDIT button!)

The Outlander PHEV is the best-selling SUV among PEVs.

Yawn. Gas car website that targets a customer base of gas car buyers goes out of their way to find things wrong with a PHEV. Shocker.

They say outright that it is best suited for everyday life in and around the city. As in the actual target audience that Mitsubishi built it for. Knowing that, they take it on an extended road trip deep into the bush instead.

Then they pretend to be shocked, and complain it doesn’t get the same MPG on a long highway roadtrip as on a test cycle that has lots of city driving. Duh. Do they not understand the difference between City, Hwy, and combined MPG ratings?

Meanwhile, their fellow Aussies who actually understand the MPG ratings (and actually try to duplicate the same conditions) have no problem even BEATING the official rating by hypermiling:

This is yet another example of why the entire Gas Car industry (from car dealerships to Top Gear wannabe’s) can’t be trusted with EV’s or PHEV’s.

My PHEV Outlander arrives next Thursday (23rd) and I will let you guys know how it performs over a period of time, I tend to drive ultra conservative with lots of coasting approaching roundabouts (traffic circles to you guys) so hopefully lots of regen braking to boost mileage.

I am sure that in the UK the Outlander PHEV will do very well in terms of MPG.

People who live in town and don’t drive very far can still be tall, own dogs, have kids and like a comfortable car. This might have 4 wheel drive but it is not designed for the outback.

I really think that this like most of the reviews of the Outlander play to its weaknesses. How often was this car charged? How far was the average journey? and surely you should compare it to the petrol version not the Diesel.

I think the numbers speak for them selves, this car is continuing to sell very well everywhere because it is a really good, comfortable big car that gets great mileage in town! something nothing much else in that size or price range does.


““Not as efficient as you might expect when it’s out of its comfort zone; constant quibbles with usability of the infotainment system; diesel Outlander an all-round better option (unless you’re hell-bent on green cred!)””

If the infotainment quibbles are the cause of their inefficiency, then they’re smokin some goood $h1t!!!!

Read some other reviews here:
They should sell this in the USA even if it was only 1,000 units per month.