Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

By Paul Riegler on 22 August 2019
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Mitsubishi Motors markets the Outlander as “the feature-filled family SUV” and it has something there: the chunky sport-ute has a clear target market in mind and the automaker’s description is spot on.

We last looked at the Outlander one year earlier, in Sport guise.  It was time to switch things up. A Pearl White Outlander arrived on a hot summer’s day, perfect for trips to the beach.  This Outlander is a plug-in hybrid, something Mitsu is known for as it was one of the first plug-in hybrids on the market.

INSIDE THE 2019 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV GT S-AWC

Mitsubishi has dressed up the Outlander for 2019 which an updated grille and headlamps, giving the front a new look.  Inside, the dash is unchanged but the presence of Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) on the 7” central display as opposed to the somewhat aging Mitsu navi is a pleasure, as we noted last year.

Also for 2019, Mitsubishi saw fit to bestow new seats and a new center console.  As we noted last year, the Outlander is a true Goldilocks car. Everything is “just right.” The updated leather seats are heated and are extremely adjustable and even more comfortable than last year’s and this helps address the otherwise Spartan interior. It’s not posh compared to the competition at this price point but the choice of materials for the cabin is quite good nonetheless, especially with a $37, 175 price point.

DRIVING THE 2019 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV GT S-AWC

The Outlander is powered by a 2.0-liter inline four that is paired with a 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, one on the front axle and one in the rear.  When driving in town, it’s the electric motors that generally power the wheel, while the internal combustion engine charges the battery.  Head onto the open road, however, and the mostly four-banger takes over. Indeed, the PHEV is happiest here, a high-efficiency Autobahn cruiser in effect, although it might be hard pressed to overtake faster cars on the highway.

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