Daily range is not a problem with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2024

Magnify / The previous Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was apparently the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the world. Now the new one has more power and a bigger battery, among other improvements.

Jonathan Gitlin

What to do with Mitsubishi, now we are almost a quarter of this century? For enthusiasts of a certain age, this brand is synonymous with rallying and fiery all-wheel drive sedans with extremely short service intervals. To my old driving teacher, Mitsubishi was the Japanese Mercedes. And the Mitsubishi was even the first electric vehicle I reviewed for Ars, back in 2012.

These days it feels very much like the third brand in the Nissan-Renault alliance. The rally’s heyday is long gone, and its lineup here in the U.S. consists of just three sub-$20,000 SUVs and the Mirage, all of which focus on value for money rather than outright luxury. Mitsubishi did not follow up the electric i-MiEV with another battery EVbut it makes a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Outlander SUV.

The Outlander is relatively affordable by today’s standards, starting at $40,345, and the 2024 model week found it to be a solid PHEV with a big enough battery to make most everyday emissions-free driving possible.

Yes, the US government considers it a compact SUV.
Magnify / Yes, the US government considers it a compact SUV.

Jonathan Gitlin

Based on the opinions of our audience, it is possible to feel that the PHEV has been almost abandoned in favor of more trendy battery electric cars. And data from Consumer Reports not particularly complementary on PHEV reliability, although the same publication found PHEVs (and BEVs) they are cheaper to maintain than a car that only burns gasoline.

Ars actually tested the new Outlander PHEV – albeit briefly –more than a year ago. But the automaker’s first drive is staged in a way that spending a week with the car isn’t, and since I quite liked the last model, it wouldn’t be a wasted week.

They say it’s a compact

Mitsubishi ranks the Outlander PHEV among compact SUVs. One can argue whether an SUV that’s 185.4 inches (4,709 mm) long and 75 inches (1,905 mm) wide is really compact, but that’s starting to get into philosophical debates. technical definitions against commonly accepted meaning of words. The Outlander PHEV’s 106.5-inch (2,705 mm) wheelbase is long enough to allow for a third row of rear seats, so it can fit seven people if the two in the back are short enough.