Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Featured In Fully Charged

OCT 21 2014 BY MARK KANE 23

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV charging ports

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV charging ports

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the hero of the latest episode of the Fully Charged series.

Robert Llewellyn prepared a review after 500+ miles of tests both on the highway and in the off-road conditions, being careful not to scratch the paint.

As it turns out, Outlander PHEV realistically can achieve roughly 70 mpg result (or a lot more if you drive only short distances in all-electric mode), which is better than other SUVS of this size with AWD.

If we take into consideration that, with the plug-in grant, Outlander PHEV costs the same as the diesel version, then it’s not strange that Mitsubishi sold in the UK some 1,000 Outlander PHEVs solely in September.

Robert used CHAdeMO quick chargers along highway, which is unusual and unexpected in plug-in hybrids. But what we enjoy the most is the quiet off-road driving.

“A 500+ mile test drive in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
A really pleasant car to drive, enormous inside, smooth, quiet and very comfortable and it costs the same as the diesel model.”

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Now why would anyone choose this over putting $75 a week into the tahoe to take the kids to school and swim practice?

If one of the big 3 isn’t working on a PHEV SUV for the us market………..

Hail Mitsubishi for this Superb engineering.
I just hope they come out with a smaller, Ford Escape size, SUV. Because really most people don’t need a vehicle this size.

Business, now all small businesses, that do pickup or delivery should be ALL Over This Thing.

Toyota is starting to look OLD.

Outlander PHEV is 14″ shorter than an Explorer and 5″ longer than an Escape. It barely qualifies as Mid Size.

People don’t buy cars based on need but a combination of want and affordability.

Since they can’t build them fast enough and the first hit in a very long time For Mitsubishi they should stick with it just make more.

The Outlander PHEV is only a five person Mid-sized 4wd wagon. facelift next year looks good.

Outlander overall measurements
Overall Length – mm 4,655
Overall Width – mm 1,800
Overall Height (with roof rails) – mm 1,680

“Now why would anyone choose this over putting $75 a week into the tahoe to take the kids to school and swim practice?”

Depends on how many kids you have. The Chevy Tahoe can carry 7 to 9 passengers. It’s a full size SUV. So far on VIA Motors has an electrified full size SUV. It’s a Suburban, but same thing as the Tahoe.

Has anyone actually reviewed this car for the market it is actually designed for. I would imagine that the person who buys an outlander PHEV mostly uses the car for short school runs and shopping trips in town. I am not saying this to be derogatory but to me this car looks ideal for someone who drives mainly around town, has plenty of money, likes a big car and has a very light green tint to their heart. The only reviews I’ve seen have been middle aged men showing that it can be driven off road and on long commutes followed by a surprised commentary about how well it has done on the fuel economy but how the 149 mpg is totally unobtainable. I’d love to see a review by a mum who works part time, from home doing the kind of stuff that a mum would do i.e. take kids to school come home plugin, go out for lunch and do the weekly shop plugin at the shopping center, pick-up kids, take dog for a walk, etc… This car to me is a very rare creature, it is a normal car made much better by being electrified. If it… Read more »

The reviewer did say the car should get 140 mpg in a typical 30 mile commute for kids.

An Automotive “journalist” will be slamming the accelerator down, jamming on the brakes, and running it around a skid plate to test maximum lateral acceleration, treating it like a sports car, and possibly getting 40 mpg. So, I don’t think your going to get a better review from an “automotive journalist”.

To be fair, Robert Llewellyn is no basic automotive journalist. He is an early EV adopter and LEAF owner who has an EV focused blog. His review is much better than the one recently posted where the reviewer had a 70 mile one way commute with no ability to charge at home.

Hopefully version 2.0 addresses some of the Outlander’s few major weaknesses. And 3.0 increases the AER.

I am not sure this car was designed for a typical mum doing a school run – at least not in Europe. Here in UK or Netherlands it would be a perfect car for someone who owns a caravan. Most of the year it would be powered by batteries on commutes to work. On holidays o longer journeys it would be less efficient obviously but it would provide extra wait which for caravaners is often a bonus especially if they are towing something really heavy i.e twin axle stuff.

Translation of ‘enormous inside’ from Brit speak for unsuspecting Americans:

In Texas it it a tiny, tiny vehicle, barely roomy enough for five people and a small hippopotamus in the back! 😉

Seriously, in terms of road space it is not huge, and I would be very happy manoeuvring it around crowded UK city streets.

It is perhaps around RAV4 size.

“barely roomy enough for five people and a small hippopotamus in the back!”


Around here, the Outlander is a fairly typical sized car. It’s hardly “huge”, but it certainly is large enough for most people who don’t have 4+ kids. I see plenty of gas Outlanders on the road (probably more so than any other Mitsubishi model these days).

I assume that the hippopotamus is not wearing a stetson, which may be untrue for Texas, and so weigh against purchasing the vehicle there.

I find it annoying when journalist’s refer to the ‘realistic’ petrol consumption of a PHEV, saying that they used it lots on motorways, and especially when they quite erroneously say that Mitsubishi claim 148mpg or whatever the precise figure is.

Mitsubishi actually say that that is what it gets on the testing regime that they are told to use by Goverment, and are very open about usage for many drivers being a lot lower.

They also very specifically advise that if you want a car for ‘lots of motorway’ driving you will be better off with their diesel, and this a car for those people who mostly do ‘lots of short runs’ with a more occasional longer journey.

So use the damn thing for what it was designed for, then come back and tell us what the ‘realistic’ mpg is.

I guess he fails to mention if your commute is less than 30 miles round trip (or 60 miles if you have charging at work) then you can go gas-free.

He mentions this at 8:19 in the video.

It will sell well here – if Mitsu ever gets around to bringing it across the pond. The styling redo, and wringing the bugs out – will fare well here also.

I will say the tall format of SUV/CUVs is advantageous to ICE companies in that, as they insist on making PHEV/EV versions of their ICE models – this type of vehicle has the height to put battery packs underneath without sacrificing too much seating and storage-ability. That said, this car will be considered, yet overlooked by many Americans looking for a third row in a vehicle this size.

You know, I was disappointed when I found out it would take Mitsu so long to bring it stateside. Now I’m wondering if it wasn’t a smart move on their part. They took time to work out the kinks with non-US markets (who, it seems to me, are more forgiving than the US market) so that when it does come to the US, it will have a much better offering with fewer bugs. I may not follow my standard practice of waiting a full model year before buying this thing. (That and reaching the cargo limitations of our Prius are a major factor).

I’m sold, and waiting for it in the US. Just wish the 7-passanger version of the outlander came as a PHEV. Squeezing 3 car seats in the 2nd row looks impossible.

I am looking for the first electrified 7+ seater for under $50k before tax credit.

Mitsubishi have bigger SUVs, and plan to give all their vehicles the PHEV treatment.

The Shogun would presumably be the basis for a 7-seater.

3 car seats fit in the Nissan LEAF. Is the Outlander narrower than a LEAF?

This is the first viable plug-in that I see as an alternative to my Outback for 3 person family hauling in all weather. I wish Subaru would turn their concepts into reality. I am confident that plug-in CUVs will turn into a huge market.