2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is in its own class when we talk about the best-selling plug-in-electric hybrids SUVs.
Why do many people love this SUV? We will begin with a general review of this vehicle.
- The SUV is designed as a state-of-the-art hybrid vehicle
- It is a great electric-only range SUV
- The level 3 of the SUV is extremely fast charging
- It has a very sluggish performance
- It has an average hybrid fuel efficiency
- It is a dated design SUV
- It has no third row
The primary selling point of Mitsubishi PHEV is its multipurpose all-wheel-drive plug-in-hybrid. It is designed with special powertrain engineering.
However, when you consider the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV staid design, dated tech, and ho-hum performance, you may not be too impressed if you live in the US.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Features and Design
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes as a third generation of Outlander plug-in-hybrid for five passengers.
The model offers two trims: the SEL-S and the GT-S that makes use of the Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system.
These models have a 2.0-liter, a four-cylinder engine and two 60-kilowatt electric motors at each axle. The 137-lb.-ft. of torque and 190 horsepower are channeled through a one-speed direct drive transmission.
However, it has no third row to provide space for its 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The rear 60/40 split seats are lowered to free about 60 cubic feet of cargo space.
The model trims features keyless entry, push button start, leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, automatic wipers, and a power liftgate.
They have power-adjustable heated front seats, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, an 8-inch touch display, a USB port, a rearview camera, voice controls, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
These trims also come with a plethora of, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, standard advanced driver assists, and forward collision alert with pedestrian detection.
We cannot forget that they also have ear cross-traffic alert and auto high beams. The SEL trim offers two extra USB ports in its rear cabin.
For the GT trim, it features a heated steering wheel, a multi-view camera, dual AC power outlets instead of the rear USB ports, LED headlights, a powered sunroof, and adaptive cruise control.
The GT trim also has an upgraded sound system, an optional GT Premium Interior Package (leather) and black cabin accents.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV shows off an EV badge and a second door flap plug-in for a three-prong 10A wall socket.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Interface and Connectivity
Both trims feature standard 8-inch touch display with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
They feature SiriusXM satellite radio and HD Radio. For the GT models, they have the Mitsubishi Power Sound System upgrade with eight speakers instead of six.
We should let you know that the infotainment system of the brand is less intuitive to use and dated. This infotainment system does not have a variety of options available.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV lasts 25 electric-only mile round trip for daily commutes. This depends on turning off systems that compete for power and the terrain used.
On the highway, the model offers 24 miles of electric-only range. The brand makes use of resistive heating technology common in to heat the front seats and the steering wheel.
It also works in preconditioning the interior temperature while plugged in for it. Riders can switch between the model’s three modes for effective management of fuel.
The Eco Mode can increase the electric and fuel usage for the car’s maximum efficiency. The Battery Save Mode works when the battery pack falls below 90%.
The Battery Save Mode allows the car to function as a hybrid and great in traffic when its regenerative braking powers the battery.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV provides three types of automatic drive mode functionalities because of its drivetrain that fuses its front and rear electric motor with a front-mounted gas 2.0-liter engine.