2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV First Drive Review

A lot of folks buy a lot of cars based on a lot of what-if scenarios. The 2023 Mitusbishi Outlander PHEV has an answer for most of them.

Maybe you’re in the market for a compact SUV, the most popular segment outside of trucks, but want just a bit more space. In case. No-emission driving sounds great, but you know you’ve got those longer trips out of town every month or holiday or whatever.

The second-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has got these concerns covered. Well-equipped, spacious without being unwieldy, and offering the best of both the EV and ICE worlds, the Japanese flagship looks well-placed to find serious mainstream success in its sophomore outing.

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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Review: First Drive

For 2022, the Mitsubishi Outlander is getting some more Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance love as it now shares some of its underpinnings, its engine and its transmission with the recently redesigned Nissan Rogue.

You wouldn’t know it from looking at it, though, as this new Outlander looks quite different form the outgoing model, and totally different from the Rogue, even though both vehicles have adopted the current trend in SUVs and CUVs of placing the DRLs at the leading edge of the hood—where you’d expect the headlights to be—and dropping the actual headlights in line with the middle of the grille below.

The big difference for the Outlander is that it continues to use Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front end. The company say it’s a “refined” version of that idea, but I have trouble agreeing with that. I would use another word…not “ostentatious” necessarily, but “risky” for sure. The way there are effectively two grilles coming together to form one; the aforementioned headlight/DRL placements; the surprisingly aggressive skidplate below all that—there’s a lot going on here that I’m not sure works entirely. I’m sure there will be some that like how unique it is, but I think I’m in a different camp that sees a combination of a few too many shapes.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $27,595 - $35,945
Engine / 2.5-liter 4-cylinder / 2.5-liter + plug-in hybrid
Power / 181 hp / 248 hp
Torque / 181 lb-ft / 332 lb-ft
Drivetrain / FWD / AWD
Transmission / CVT / Single-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/plug-in) / 24 mpg / 30–31 mpg / plug-in: 64 mpge
Cargo Capacity (behind 3rd row) / 11.7 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Mitsubishi Outlander

3.9
Performance 7.0
Features 8.0
Comfort 8.0
Quality and Styling 8.0
Value 8.0