2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is pretty much unchanged for 2019. On the exterior, the front grille and bumper designs have been restyled and there are added air vents and a USB port for rear passengers. Customers requested the latter and Mitsubishi delivered. The new PHEV is the plug-in option that can travel up to 22 miles on just the electric battery charge and happens to be the model that I test drove for the week.

The two-row five passenger Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is offered in two trims, the SEL and GT.

The SEL has a plethora of standard features that include: 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, fog lights, a power lift gate, push-button start, keyless entry, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seats, a 7-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GT trim adds automatic LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, a sunroof and a nine-speaker sound system. Interestingly enough, the Outlander does not have a navigation system, nor do they plan to add one. With a 7-inch screen you may as well use your phone.

The SEL safety features include blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the GT adds forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

The Outlander offers a very plastic-like feel on the inside, not a luxury SUV, but no luxury prices to contend with either. The Outlander will give you a comfortable and mostly quiet ride. The electric motor provides the latter, until it doesn’t.

While the seats are mostly comfortable, there have been some complaints that they are higher off the floor of the car than average, therefore not all passengers will find that sweet spot.

There is ample room in the Outlander, providing acceptable legroom and headroom. This five passenger vehicle is mostly setup for four adults, five would be slightly cramped. This electric vehicle has no third row like it’s gasoline brother.  But at least there is enough storage to go around, the center console and glovebox are plenty large as are the pockets in the doors. Driver and passengers will enjoy the automatic climate control. Control buttons are easy to use.

Great visibility always is a plus and the view from the Outlander is unobstructed. Parking is made easy with a 360 degree camera.

As for driving, the Outlander is an average SUV, smooth on the road, not a lot of roll for backseat passengers however, bumps can be a bit annoying, as you feel each and every one. in the road. I felt that acceleration was a bit lacking, a bit sketchy when jumping out in busy traffic in Dallas. The transition from all-electric to gas is pretty effortless. Added plus, the 2019 Outlander is all-wheel drive.

While cargo space is decent, it is certainly nothing to write home about. The legroom in the rear is narrow and makes for a tight fit. You can fold the rear seats down flat and enjoy 78 cubic feet of space.

For the moms out there, the latch points for your child’s safety seat are hard to get access. The

Outlander would not be my recommendation for those with little ones.

The Outlander has an all electric range of 22 miles. Gasoline gives you a combined 25 mpg city/hwy. The vehicle does have a small gas tank so once those electric miles run out, you can expect frequent trips to the gas station.

Our favorite safety features on the Mitsubishi Outlander that are available are forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist. 

The Outlander’s competitors are Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

The price tag on the model that I tested was $42,920, however, starting prices begin at $35,795 for the SEL model and $41,495 for the GT.

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