2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets more power, EV range

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets more power, EV range

It’s been quite awhile coming, but the key details of the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are finally here: electric range, horsepower and pricing. And they’re all increases over the old model, mostly in good ways.

Like before, the Outlander PHEV runs mainly as a series hybrid, with forward propulsion coming from a pair of electric motors (one front, one rear). The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder mainly acts as a generator, though it can provide direct power in certain circumstances. Overall output is 248 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

Supplying electric power is a 20-kWh battery pack, a touch more than 6-kWh greater than the old pack. The bigger battery boosts electric range to 38 miles. Interestingly, Mitsubishi continues to also offer the ability to charge at a DC fast charger. At 38 minutes to charge to 80%, it’s not especially fast compared with many modern electric cars, but it’s a neat option that few plug-in hybrids offer.

Overall fuel economy is rated at 64 mpg-e, which is actually worse than the outgoing model that got 74 mpg-e. We’re not entirely sure what resulted in the lower overall number, since fuel economy when running on a depleted battery wasn’t given. We would expect numbers close to the regular Outlander, which gets 26 to 27 mpg in combined driving depending on configuration. 

The price also goes up. At $41,190, it’s $2,690 more than the old model. But that seems fairly reasonable considering the additional electric range and power, not to mention the fact that the powertrain is packaged in the vastly improved new Outlander chassis with its more attractive styling and nicer interior. It also finds itself priced carefully between the slightly more expensive RAV4 Prime (which has a bit more electric range and more power) and the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid (which is front-drive only and just one mile less range). Both those options are more efficient overall, as is the most affordable Tucson PHEV, though it’s only available in select states and has the lowest range at 33 miles. It does offer a bit more power than the Mitsubishi, though.

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The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV goes on sale first in select states around November, but will be offered nationwide a little later.

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