For 2023, Mitsubishi has added a plug-in hybrid model to match the redesign made to this fourth-generation Outlander last year. The all-new 2022 Outlander, which we reviewed last year, was one of Aaron’s top picks in our SUV lineup for 2022. Now the plug-in hybrid model has been updated to enter the fourth-gen Outlander as well.
The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a halfway point between a gasoline-powered sport utility and an electric vehicle. It gives both an extended all-electric range that’s better than a straight hybrid would offer and the security and long distance of a gasoline engine as well. Sort of a best of both worlds when charging isn’t always going to be an option.
Under the hood of the 2023 Outlander PHEV is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with two electric motors (one on each axle, making for all-wheel drive) and a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. These combine together to produce 248 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
The battery gives about 38 miles of all-electric range, though that will vary according to conditions and driving style. For us, the battery was good for about 20 miles if the speed traveled was over 35 mph for most of the drive. It was otherwise good for more than 30 when driving around town. The more stop-and-go the drive, the more mileage you’ll get.
This mix of driving capability means that for most drivers, the Outlander PHEV won’t need to use fuel for simple around-town errands or short commutes. When more juice is needed, however, the engine acts as both propulsion and generator to keep you going. Expect about 26 mpg when using the engine.
Charging times, because the battery is small, are fairly short. From a 120V standard household outlet, the Outlander PHEV will charge in around 11 hours. From a 240-volt plug, it can charge in six hours or less. If you opt to add DC fast charging, the charge time can be as little as 38 minutes. We’d skip that option, however, as the Outlander uses the CHAdeMO plug that is being phased out in favor of the SAE standard J1772 plug. And with a vehicle like this, you really don’t need DC fast charging anyway.
The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV follows the 2022 Outlander’s redesign, getting a much better-looking exterior and smart styling. Inside, it’s far more upscale than the previous generation as well, showing that Mitsubishi is definitely benefitting from its alliance with Nissan. Seating is comfortable, infotainment is at least par with the industry, and materials quality is much better than before.
Drive quality in the Outlander PHEV is also greatly improved with this new rendition. Zero to 60 mph sprints take about 7 seconds. Handling is also much better, feeling more like a sedan than an SUV. This is one of the more engaging drive options on the market right now.
Overall, we highly recommend the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. It’s a right-sized, efficient, and solid little utility with one of the best all-weather all-wheel drive systems on the market. Its ten year warranty doesn’t hurt either.
The 2023 Outlander PHEV comes in three trim levels with a price starting at $39,485 plus destination.
This review first appeared on DriveModeShow.com.