Efficient plug-in powertrain. The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the few compact crossover SUVs that are available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The combination includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that features two electric motors. A 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is included in the mix, too. Combined output for the system is 190 horsepower.
The performance aspect of the Outlander PHEV isn't anything to write home about, but the crossover's ability to travel an EPA-estimated 22 miles on nothing but electricity is. The model's total range of 310 miles is impressive, too. When running on gasoline, the Outlander PHEV gets up to 25 miles per gallon combined, or a gas and electric rating of 74 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe).
Spacious cargo area. A lot of hybrids and plug-in hybrids trade cargo space for efficiency. Usually, the vehicles' battery packs eat into precious cargo space, but that isn't the case with the Outlander PHEV. The crossover boasts 30.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space in total.
Decent features. Mitsubishi may not be a household name for value, but the Outlander PHEV comes with a good list of standard features. Power-folding and heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, a 7-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are all standard.
Subpar interior. The Outlander PHEV may have a spacious cabin, but material quality and fit-and-finish can't compete with what its competitors offer. Buttons are placed oddly throughout the cabin, the odd seating position can prove to be irksome for tall drivers, and the automaker's infotainment system is tricky to use.
Final thoughts. The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a spacious plug-in hybrid that gives you the ability to travel a short distance on electricity without having to compromise on space. This alone puts the crossover in a class of its own at this price point, but the model's comfortable ride and spacious cabin make it an option worth exploring.
Take the plug-in hybrid powertrain out of the equation and the Outlander PHEV leaves a lot to desire. Fuel economy isn't stellar when it's running on gas, and interior quality is well below what you'll find with competitors. Safety isn't one of the Outlander PHEV's strong suits either.
It's tough to compare the Outlander PHEV to the competition, because there aren't any true competitors. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has more interior space, better fuel economy, and a more rugged design. The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is more efficient and more affordable, but it's smaller. Those seeking luxury and a plug-in hybrid powertrain should look at the Volvo XC60, though it's more expensive and larger.