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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Review: Better Than Ever Before

The previous generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been around for nearly a decade and it became the world's best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV in that time. But the old model was getting rather long in the tooth, and the newest version arrives at just the right time. While it retains the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine from the outgoing model, the 2023 Outlander PHEV has more muscle, with combined outputs totaling 248 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This surfeit of power and torque doesn't just come from the Atkinson cycle gas engine. The PHEV boasts two electric motors, one mounted on the front axle and another on the rear.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV competitors include the equally new Kia Sportage PHEV and the polished Toyota RAV4 Prime, with the latter being the most expensive of the three - but it offers 302 hp and a claimed 42-mile all-electric range, which is four miles more than the Mitsubishi PHEV. Still, the Outlander has plenty going for it. The styling may not be to everyone's taste, but it's certainly distinctive and will stand out in a sea of crossovers and SUVs. And, thanks to the Renault-Nissan CMF-CD platform, the Outlander PHEV has been blessed with a well-chosen ride that allows it to sail down the highway with confidence. With so many talented hybrid and plug-in rivals in this segment, is the newcomer worth considering? Our review of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will help answer this question.

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid?

Completely redesigned for the new model year, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV replaces the outgoing plug-in, which soldiered on alongside the gas-powered fourth-generation Outlander. It may utilize the same engine as its predecessor but the four-pot motor benefits from an additional 27 horsepower.

The exterior styling represents a drastic departure for the nameplate and does away with the anonymous looks of its predecessor. Gone is the anodyne front fascia; a bold new look features slim LED daytime running lights, with prominent headlights situated beneath. The grille is best described as eye-catching and is uplifted by lashes of chrome trim. The rear end is far more conservative, and so is the side profile.

Inside, the generic dashboard makes way for a classy, thoroughly modern cabin that is littered with upmarket touches. Even the entry-level trim is well-equipped, with seating for seven occupants and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The safety kit in the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV is even more impressive, with standard rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, and more.

Pros and Cons

  • Fresh, distinctive exterior styling
  • Fit and finish are of a high standard
  • Supple ride quality
  • High levels of standard safety equipment
  • Well-priced
  • Claimed 64 MPGe figure falls short of rivals
  • Third-row seating isn't what we'd call spacious
  • Styling won't be to everyone's taste

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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
ES
2.4L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Single Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$39,845
SE
2.4L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Single Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$42,145
SE Tech
2.4L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Single Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$44,145
SEL
2.4L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Single Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$45,445
SEL Touring
2.4L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Single Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$47,645
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2023 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 185.4 in
  • Wheelbase 106.5 in
  • Height 68.5 in
  • Max Width 73.3 in
  • Front Width 62.7 in
  • Rear Width 63.0 in
  • Curb Weight 4,607.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Mercury Gray Metallic/Black Roof +$400
  • Alloy Silver Metallic/Black Roof +$400
  • Red Diamond +$595
  • White Diamond +$595
  • Black Diamond +$595
  • Red Diamond/Black Roof +$995
  • White Diamond/Black Roof +$995
  • Deep Bronze Metallic
  • Cosmic Blue Metallic
  • Mercury Gray Metallic
  • Alloy Silver Metallic
  • Labrador Black Metallic
  • Black Diamond/Deep Bronze Metallic

2023 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.4L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Single Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Handling and Driving Impressions

If you're looking for the last word in sharp handling and cornering prowess, the Outlander PHEV may disappoint you. But for most, the Mitsubishi will fit the bill for daily driving duties nicely. Just one power plant is available, which is no problem, as the revised 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is a gem. Bolstered by the twin-motor system, total outputs sit at 248 hp and 332 lb-ft, which is more than adequate for the daily commute. Unlike some rivals, the twin-motor, AWD electric setup provides adequate power when the gas engine is dormant.

It's not what we'd call sprightly, but the electric motors do provide it with stronger acceleration when compared to the conventional model. The single-speed CVT transmission does an admirable job of sending the power to all four wheels and doesn't impede on the cabin unless you prod on the throttle. Drive it as it's intended to be driven, and the plug-in hybrid Outlander will reward you with a serene, relaxed experience. The ride is smooth, and the SUV traverses across various surfaces with ease. It may even surprise you on a mountain pass, where the taut chassis and communicative steering come alive. It's not Porsche Macan, however.

Regenerative braking helps to keep the batteries charged, and in the Outlander PHEV is rather impressive, allowing for near-one-pedal driving. While the system will slow the Outlander PHEV down significantly, it's not capable of bringing it to a halt.

2023 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Front Head Room 40.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.1 in

2023 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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2023 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid A Good SUV?

The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a difficult task lying ahead. The advent of the electrified SUV has sent buyers into a frenzy and, while it was one of the first to market a plug-in hybrid alternative, the brand has been left behind in recent years. Newer contenders provide customers with a fresh and modern package that the outgoing Outlander simply couldn't match. The new one, however, is more than worthy of the competition and deserves a place at the table.

Question is, does it deserve a spot in your garage? We say yes - it's a massive upgrade from the previous model, it looks fresh, and offers a fine blend of power, performance, and fuel economy. The standard ES trim level, priced under $40k is equipped with every feature a family could reasonably expect. And if you want more luxury, there are several models to suit your tastes and budget. The inclusion of seven seats (even though they're slightly cramped) adds more practicality to the mix. The interior itself is wonderful and has premium elements strewn throughout. And while the RAV4 Prime may manage four miles more in terms of all-electric range, the Outlander PHEV charges from 10% to 80% in just 38 minutes. You almost have to buy it.

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