The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) was recently named by Green Car Journal as the ‘2019 Green SUV of the Year’.  An award well earned by what we think is likely the best PHEV SUV in the marketplace today.

So, how good is the Outlander PHEV?  Mitsubishi loaned us one for a weeklong test drive – urging us to get both some city time and road time.  We had occasion to take an overnight trip to Fort Worth from Austin and back to find out. 

Setting aside the good marks in comfort, ride, acceleration, handling, room, latest convenience and safety features plus top-drawer infotainment – the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC is VERY green! 

Stated fuel economy for the S-AWC PHEV is 74 MPGe combined city/highway with the hybrid system optimizing twin electric motor integration with the gasoline motor. 

Outlander PHEV has three Drive Modes that can be selected to adjust performance as desired.  We selected the ‘Battery Charge Drive Mode’ to optimize keeping the battery charged to 80 percent at all times.  In addition, with the gasoline motor in hybrid operation mode, extra power is instantly available if needed.   Note: it is actually more complex than this, but suffice it to say, it works.

The distance traveled – including local driving – was 444 miles.  Fueling on return to Austin, we pumped just 7 gallons.  Doing the math, the 2019 Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC delivered 63.4 MPGe on this trip. 

For well under $40,000 delivered (after tax credit) – the Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC compact crossover SUV from Mitsubishi is about as good as it gets.

2019 Outlander PHEV GT as Tested

Our test Outlander came in a rich Ruby Black Pearl paint with Black interior. It was equipped with a Power slide/tilt Sunroof with Sunshade.

Its hybrid powertrain features a lithium-ion drive battery pack and a highly efficient 2.0L gasoline engine with integrated generator.  Drive is provided by two high performance electric motors (front and rear).

They are integrated with the proven Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. Configured for dual electric motor operation to provide the same all-wheel drive performance control as a non-hybrid Outlander.

Power for the battery pack is provided by the gasoline electric motor generator, the six-setting Regenerative Braking System with Paddle Shifters or by plug-in to an electrical grid with charging times as short as (DC Fast Charge) 25 minutes.

 

Exterior

Outlander PHEV GT sports a restyled front grille with honeycomb mesh inserts. New headlamps and foglamp bezel, new front and rear bumper extensions and rear spoiler.  Style features include Bright Chrome accents on body features with Dark Chrome accents on the Grille.

 

Premium elements include LED High and Low Beam Headlights, LED Fog Lamps, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED Rear Combination Tail Lights, Color-keyed Heated Power Folding Side Mirrors, Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers and Windshield Wiper Deicer.

 

 

 

The 18-inch Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels – new for 2019 – are mounted with 225/55R18 All-season tires.

 

 

Interior

Inside the Outlander PHEV GT is well-appointed with new styling and premium treatments like Black headliner and pillars, Silver painted instrument panel accents and floor console, soft touch upper instrument panel, door, armrest and trim panel inserts, Gloss Black audio panel and soft leather appointed seating.

A Dual Zone Climate Control system with Micron Filter and rear ducting does a very nice job of keeping the spacious cabin comfortable.

Up front you find new design heated front seats with bolsters and  8-way power adjustment for both driver and passenger.   Rear seats, also leather appointed, are 60/40 Split Fold-Down w/Recline and include a Center Armrest w/Cupholders.

There is plenty of room for up to five front and rear with headroom (front/rear) 39.9/38.1-inches, legroom 40.9/37.9-inches and shoulder room 56.4/56.0-inches.

 

 

Plenty of gear space too.  Behind the second row is 30.4 cubic feet and – second row folded – 62.8 cubic feet. Plus, there is a storage bin below the cargo deck.

And to make it easy to load and unload, the Outlander has a Remote Power Liftgate.

Technology / Infotainment

There is plenty of technology and infotainment in the Outlander GT PHEV.  Features include LCD Color Multi-Information Display w/S-AWC Distribution, Energy Management Meter, High Contrast Gauges, Fast Key Entry w/Push Button Start, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio/Phone/Voice Controls, Front and Rear USB ports, 12-volt power outlet and a 7-inch Smartphone Link Display.

A 710W Rockford Premium Audio system w/9-speakers features SiriusXM and HD radio Bluetooth Wireless Technology and  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility highlights the infotainment system.

Mitsubishi Remote Control smartphone app lets you set the battery charging schedule, operate heating and cooling while still connected to grid power, turn on/off lights and other features and get status updates on vehicle condition like doors locked/unlocked plus more.

1500W AC Power Supply

A unique feature on the Outlander PHEV GT is the 1500W AC Power Supply for running electric devices from the main battery unit when parked.  There are two plugs available for use to power just about anything you might bring along for adventuring or other family fun (think tailgating). 

Safety

Equipped with a Multi-view Camera System and Rear-View Camera, the Outlander GT PHEV GT S-AWC also features Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning w/Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic High Beam Headlights.

Other safety elements standard are a full complement of airbags and related restraints, Anti-lock Braking w/Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, Electric Parking Brake w/Auto Hold, Traction Control, Active Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Tire Pressure Monitoring system.

Warranty

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes with a fully transferable 5-year / 60,000-mile new vehicle Limited Warranty standard.

Original owners – for as long as they own the vehicle – are covered by a 10-year / 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty

In addition, the PHEV system has a fully transferable 10-year / 100,000-mile PHEV Components & Main Drive Battery Warranty

Pricing

The MSRP for a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC is $41,495.  With the premium paint, a couple of accessories and delivery, the sticker price was $42,920.

This vehicle qualifies for a $5,836 Federal Tax Credit, which brings the net price down to $37,084.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Lineup

The 2019 Outlander PHEV comes in two trim levels:  SEL S-AWC MRSP $34,795 and GT S-AWC $41,495.  Compare the two trims here:  https://www.mitsubishicars.com/outlander-phev/2019

KEY DATA

  • Model:            Outlander PHEV              
  • Trim:               GT S-AWC          
  • Class:             PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
  • Segment:        Compact Crossover SUV
  • Seats:             Five in two rows
  • MSRP:            $41,495
  • Tax Credit:      $5,836 (Federal)
  • As Tested:       $42,920 / $37,084 – after Tax Credit
  • Powertrain:
    • 2.0L Four Cylinder Gasoline Engine
    • 60kW Electric Twin Motor (Front/Rear Axles)
  • Transmission:
    • Front Axle- Single Speed / Drive Mode Switchable Reduction Gear Box
    • Rear Axle – Single Speed / Fixed Reduction Gear Box
  • Drive System:      Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)
  • Horsepower:       190 (Combined)
  • Battery:               12kWh Lithium-ion
  • Range:                22-mile All Electric
  • MPGe:                74 MPGe
  • Charging:
    • Level 1 – Home
      • 120-volt AC conventional power outlet
      • 8 AMP 13.0 hours / 12 AMP 8.0 hours
    • Level 2 – Home or Public
      • 240-volt EVSE 16 AMP power outlet
      • 5 hours to full charge
    • Level 3 – Public
      • DC Fast Charging
      • 80 percent of full charge 25 minutes