The Mitsubishi Outlander has never really ranked at the top of the compact crossover SUV class, and the fact that it can also be purchased as a plug-in hybrid model doesn't do too much to make it an easier sell. The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV goes up against more accomplished and refined competitors such as the Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Prime hybrid and unfortunately comes up short due to several reasons. Under the hood, you'll find a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine with twin electric motors producing a total of 221 horsepower, mated to a single-speed automatic transmission and electronic all-wheel drive. Mitsubishi has already revealed the next-generation gasoline Outlander for 2022, but the 2022 version of the old PHEV model soldiers on for the time being.
Several significant changes were made to the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, such as the addition of a larger gas engine with improved performance and a better EV range. In anticipation of a brand-new model due late in 2021, the 2022 iteration of the old car has been left alone with virtually no changes - but prices are up.
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In a last-ditch attempt to get the Outlander off showroom floors, Mitsubishi made some notable improvements to the powertrain of its PHEV SUV last year but despite the increased power and improved all-electric range, the Outlander hybrid still can't compete with its more contemporary and efficient competitors. The Outlander feels dated from the inside out, and once on the road, it disappoints with wishy-washy handling and below-average fuel economy figures. The fact that the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid had to sacrifice its third row is also a big knock to a vehicle that prides itself on its everyday practicality. Thankfully, the overall cargo capacity is still good. But the final nail in the Outlander's coffin is its price tag - despite increased federal tax rebates, when you're charging similar money to the RAV4 Prime, you better deliver, and this just doesn't. Our recommendation: skip the current generation, and wait for the new car to arrive. It's our opinion in this review of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid that it no longer has any major USPs compared to core rivals.
The Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid SUV's price tag in the USA might just be its biggest downfall. After Mitsubishi decided to drop all gas-powered options, the 2021 Outlander was struck with a price tag around $11,000 more than 2020's base price for the non-hybrid version - and the 2022 model's prices are up from last year. There are three available configurations, with the entry-level SEL setting you back $36,995, excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,245. The mid-range LE goes for an MSRP of $38,695, and the top-of-the-line GT will set you back $42,695. Fully loaded, the price of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can cost over $46k. However, the Outlander PHEV qualifies for federal tax rebates of up to $6,587 for qualifying buyers.
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