Mitsubishi Motors has meshed the know-how of its 100-year plus automotive history to present the 2020 Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC sports utility. PHEV stands for parallel hybrid electric vehicle.
Already the world’s best-selling PHEV, the 2020 Outlander adds new standard safety equipment, a restyled dashboard, and updated option and trim packages that increase value, safety and overall aesthetic attributes.
The Outlander PHEV represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by Mitsubishi for models such as the i-MiEV, a strong understanding of the S-AWC system from the Lancer Evolution and SUV knowledge gained from the Montero.
Where to start?
A new standard smartphone display audio features and eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Redesigned HVAC knobs take the place of the previous buttons, resulting in more intuitive climate control functionality.
The driver’s seat on all models now includes a power-adjustable lumbar support. Rear passengers enjoy a new seatback design that improves comfort. And diamond-quilted pattern leather seats and a Mitsubishi Power sound system replaced the previous Rockford-Fosgate system on all GTs.
In most instances, a 2.0-liter DOHC, four-cylinder engine with integrated generator is in charge. Two electric motors operate seamlessly when additional power is needed, such as driving uphill.
When operating in EV (electric vehicle) Drive Mode, the vehicle is driven by the two electric motors, with energy being supplied exclusively by a lithium-ion battery pack. With the EV mode button, the driver can select this driving mode when they desire 100-percent electric-powered, zero-emission driving, for up to 22 miles.
In my mind, short of investing in a Tesla, this is the best way to go with the current state of technology. Outlander seats up to five adults, and is rated at 25 miles per gallon in gas mode, 74 miles per gallon in electric.
The vehicle can be drive in three different modes: ECO, which extends fuel consumption; Battery Save Mode, which saves the lithium-ion battery when in hybrid mode; and Charge mode, that allows the engine to generate electricity that is fed into the battery pack, whether the vehicle is at a standstill, or in motion.
The Outlander is loaded with creature comfort and convenience features highlighted by a power lift gate, adaptive cruise control, multi-view rear camera, power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, USB ports, Bluetooth and Sirius XM radio.
Available advanced safety technology supports safer, more confident driving — on the road and in parking lots, day and night. From intelligent sensors that track the vehicle’s surroundings and warn of danger to available active driving assistance and solid passive protection, the Outlander PHEV delivers.
In addition to those already mentioned, features worthy of note include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, and automatic high beam.
Base Price: $42,590
Price As Driven: $43,205
Base price includes destination charge. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.