Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The Best Hybrid Car On The Market?

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These days, you don’t have to look too far to find a hybrid car. They’re not as rare as they once were. In days gone by, you’d probably see around one hybrid car every month or so. Now, they’re everywhere. Almost every big manufacturer is selling a hybrid car of some sorts. Today, we turn our attention to Japanese giants, Mitsubishi. In 2014, they released the Outlander PHEV to the public market. It was a hybrid car that took the world by storm.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Image courtesy of DY5W-sport.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Image courtesy of DY5W-sport..

 

Everyone loved it, and it got rave reviews. Two years on and they’ve released another version of this car. But, does it stack up to the previous generation? I spent some time with the car in a bid to find out.

How Eco-Friendly Is The Outlander PHEV?

With every hybrid car, you judge it by how good it is for the environment. This Mitsubishi has a hybrid engine that combines electric power with a typical petrol engine. The Outlander has an EV Drive Mode where it solely uses the electric motors. When you’re driving in this mode, you release no carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Essentially, you’re driving an electric car. There’s a Series Hybrid Mode that uses the petrol engine as a generator to supply energy to the electric motors when the battery is low. This mode offers very efficient fuel use and very little CO2 emissions. The final option is a more petrol-dominated Parallel Hybrid Mode. In this mode, the petrol engine is doing most of the work. All in all, it’s a very eco-friendly car and extremely good for the environment. The engines work very well on their own, or in unison.

Is The Outlander PHEV Good To Drive?

Of course, having a hybrid car is great for the environment. But, you still need it to do the job that cars were invented to do. You need to be able to drive it, and it has to drive well. The Outlander PHEV is an SUV, so it’s naturally a comfortable car to drive. Things feel very smooth when you’re in electric mode, and you feel some good power when the petrol engine kicks in. My only criticism with the driving experience is with the tyres. I think the standard issue ones don’t offer a great deal of grip. In fact, I prefer the Vredestein Quatrac 5 tyres that I have on my Prius. They’re more comfortable and also more economical. Of course, that’s just my preference, you might find the tyres on this car to be perfect for you. But, all things considered, it’s very fun to drive.

Conclusion: Is It The Best Hybrid On The Market?

If I’m honest, I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better hybrid car on the market today. It’s very eco-friendly and is a joy to drive to. You can take it on long journeys or use it to drive the kids to school every day. It’s great for families because the hybrid engine will save so much money on fuel costs. After looking at this car, it’s no wonder the sales figures have gone through the roof.

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