Test Drive Review: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX4hs

OCT 27 2015 BY MARK KANE 30

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Autocar was among the first to test drive the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (the highest trim GX4hs version) in theUK.

The Dynamic Shield front, new wheels and several other changes make the SUV looks more stylish

There are also changes to the suspension that should make it better suited to European tastes, according to Autocar.

“The suspension has been given a comprehensive rethink, with strengthening added to the front and rear subframes, while the spring and damper rates have been recalibrated all round. The result is a flatter, slightly tauter and generally more European ride than before, although the Outlander is still rather noisy over sharp bumps in a way that its best rivals aren’t. However, the steering is excellent – well weighted and communicative – and the chassis grips well in corners, with little body roll.”

Not much changes inside:

“There are no changes to cabin room, which is generous but not quite class-leading. The seats are comfortable over several hours, and the PHEV’s fixtures and fittings have a pleasant durability about them.”

Standard equipment is “impressive” across all trims (GX3h, GX3h+, GX4h, GX4hs). Every version has climate control and cruise control. GX4h includes also “leather seats, DAB radio and a suite of comprehensive, screen-based functions“, while the top-level GX4hs adds self-leveling headlights, around view camera and more safety features.

Mitsubishi improved drivetrain software and cut 0-25 mph time by about two seconds, despite power remaining the same. Step-off from rest was previously a weak point of the Outlander PHEV.


“The Outlander PHEV looks a good proposition, although it’s arguable that a modern diesel could equal and possibly beat its range and fuel consumption.

However, the ownership factors are particularly impressive: it carries a five-year warranty, Mitsubishis have a good reputation for reliability and the tax advantages, especially for company car drivers, are hard to overlook. Given that it’s also a decent drive, it looks a wise buy.”

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives in the US in May of 2016 (or possibly April), although no determination has been yet made on the trim levels or pricing.

Source: Autocar

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30 Comments on "Test Drive Review: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX4hs"

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As previously mentioned in the comments section a week or so ago, I have had my Outlander PHEV for 6 months now and very happy with it, I would point out that I am averaging 73mpg less electricity costs which takes it down to around 60mpge, making maximum use of regen and with very light foot, the types of terrain are mainly quite undulating and therefore not an enormous amount of flat terrain. Whilst I expect to achieve around 70mpge for the year by the end of April due to shorter winter trips and a zen like state of driving style, I would imagine that the vast majority of owners will not see more than around 50mpge due to my maximum cruising speed of around 50-55 mph. Of the 7k miles travelled so far the approx length of journeys are as follows: 300 mile round trips = 3 around 8% 100 mile round trips = 7 around 10% 60 mile round trips = 30 around 25% 12-30 mile round trips = lots around 57% It’s a great cruising car but don’t expect to get the 148 mpge NEDC (Not Even Dubiously Close !), for a car that weighs 4067 lbs… Read more »


Electric range is around 23 miles on slopey terrain, you may get a little more on the flat but you won’t get 32 that’s stated. Oddly enough, lately it only seems to charge up to 28 on a complete charge now that I have been using a dedicated 16 amp 240v charger, previously using a 10amp charger connected to house socket it often stated between 32-37mile electric range but still only achieved late 20’s at best ?

Um, electric range being less than stated on the hills is not important because when you come back down the other side, it evens out.

What goes up, must come down. Unless you live at the top of the hill, you need not be alarmed by this.

“Um, electric range being less than stated on the hills is not important because when you come back down the other side, it evens out.”

No. That would be a perpetual motion machine. Regen is nowhere near 100% recapture of energy.

This is correct !

I estimate it’s closer to 10% or there abouts ?

When you mention “73mpg” is that US or Imperial gallon?

Many PHEV reviews ignore electricity costs. It is great that you consider that.

Over your total of 7000 miles, do you know the total of gallons and kWh you consumed?

I have used 94 imperial gallons and roughly £100 ($150) of electricity at about 15p (22c) per kwh I estimate.

I worked it out roughly that I average around 90 mpge ish on electric.

90 mpge imperial is 75 mpge US for the electric-only operation. Seems ok to me for a vehicle of this size and weight. My Leaf is ~ 125 mpg US (including charging losses).

We have a Subaru Forester that I am considering trading in for the Outlander PHEV once it lands in Canada. My wife would use it for a daily trip of about 20 – 25 km, and it involves a fairly significant hill (up then down of course) of a little over 1,000 ft (300 m), so thanks for sharing your anecdote on using in hilly terrain.

I put in £30 of petrol at a cost of £1.11 and average around 270-300 mile including full battery only chafe when empty I have a non economic right foot which is fantastic for the size and weight of it love this car 200bhp it’s no slouch

Alan, thanks this is useful information.

If I convert that to metric, it works out that each 100km consumes 3.8 litres plus 5.9 kWh.

or on an energy basis about 0.44 kWh per km (assuming 10 kWh per l of petrol and excluding transport, extraction and refining energy which I think is fair as I don’t include these for the electricity).

That’s pretty good, my leaf gets between 0.16 – 0.17 kWh per km. I would expect a rear wheel drive Tesla to be in the same ball park at the Outlander.

The other bonus I guess is having 4WD availability for winter on those short trips to the store, not sure what the electric range is for that but no doubt will find out over the coming months !

Good luck with that, not much chance of snow down here in Melbourne, can’t say I miss the UK winter.

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the numbers, I considered the Outlander and then went for the Leaf purely because the Outlander was much more expensive and I didn’t think we’d need the range. We don’t do any trips over 100 miles.

Have you ever run the calculations for the 60 mile and lower trips? It would be really interesting for me to see those numbers as I think they would be pretty representative of our driving.

Hi Chris,

We do a fair amount of trips around the 60 mile mark (30 each way).

Obviously starting with a full battery if you use the save button for the longer faster sections of the journey and keep the electric for town and slow sections under 30-40 mph and including using the regen paddles for slowing down etc, it would use about half a gallon of gas + the electric cost of about £1.40 ($2) which I think equates to something like 70 mpge ? which is pretty good for such a good sized car !

trips up to around 24 miles (12 each way) would only use electric and therefore equate to 90 mpge

Not available in the US.
Japan has some kind of Conspiracy going no.
They’re holding back a LOT of Hybrids and Hybrid SUV’s.

“Japan has some kind of Conspiracy going no.”

Yes the conspiracy is that they don’t want to sell to people that talk about conspiracy all the time.

No concpiracy here. US is a large market, and Mitsu does not have enough capacity to supply US AND rest of the world. Also, US EPA/NHTSA requirements are different from rest of US, so unless they have an assured supply of PHEVs to sell in US, there is no point in spending money on EPA/NHTSA certification

Toyota and Honda have EV’s and hybrids available in Japan, and not in the US.

Ford and GM both sell EV’s and PHEV’s that are not available in Japan but I think it is probably the Koreans that can be most upset. They make all the batteries and no one wants to sell the cars to them.

Is the 2016 the model coming to the US? Whats taking it so long?

Whats the electric range?

1.) Yes in April 2016.
2.) It is taking so long, because the other regions bouth more than anticipated and the EPA set strange rules about battery having some special diagnosis mode or so.
3.) Range is listed as 50km (30 miles) and is accievable if you drive reasonable. That means you will accieve between 20-30 miles.

“Mitsubishis have a good reputation for reliability”


Yeah. I thought just the opposite, consulting my brain rolodex.

Yep, Mitsus are generally considered very reliable. Which? consumer index placed them as the 6th most reliable automaker as voted by UK consumers, out of 32, with Land Rover coming in at the least reliable – surprise surprise!

Yes, i would rank Mitsubishi equal to Kia (who has 7 year warranity) or Toyota (who won several 100.000km endurance tests). And certainly above Seat, Renault, VW, Audi, Mercedes.

In the US, Mitsubishi doesn’t seem to stand behind their iMiev with the same warranty as their other cars.

New Vehicle Limited Warranty 3-yrs/36K miles
Powertrain Components 5-yrs/60K miles
Main Drive Lithium-ion Battery 8-yrs/100K miles

Most other Mitsubishi Models:
New Vehicle Limited Warranty 5-yrs/60K miles
Powertrain Components 10-yrs/100K miles

I will have to think twice about buying an Outlander PHEV if they go with a warranty like the iMiev instead of their standard warranty.

“Not available in the US” That just proves again that America is exceptional. Just like our politicians keep on telling us.

Any word or best guess on the pricing for this unit? I know back when, Mits wanted to keep the PHEV pricing real close to the ICE version.

Are we talking range of $35k bare bones to $55k loaded?