STATUS: Carryover for 2020 - This midsize utility vehicle doesn't have jaw-dropping styling, but it is a spectacularly comfortable and smooth-riding machine with a 166-horsepower base engine (and a continuously variable transmission) that seemingly goes forever on a tank of fuel. The optional 3.0-liter V-6 is rated at 224 horsepower and comes with a six-speed automatic. Mitsubishi's "Super All-Wheel Control" (all-wheel drive) can be ordered with either engine. The Outlander's advantage over other Mitsubishi models is its third row seat that brings the total passenger count to seven. There's no third row for the Outlander PHEV - plug-in hybrid that combines a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with two electric motors (one for each axle). Charging the batteries can be done externally or with the internal-combustion engine. Idling the Outlander PHEV for about 40 minutes will bring the batteries to 80 percent capacity. Option packages contain heated leather-covered seats, power sunroof and a Rockford Fosgate-brand sound system. For 2020, a number of collision-avoiding/mitigating safety technologies have been added to the standard-equipment list for all models except the base ES trim.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,800; $37,200 (PHEV)
Type: Midsize utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 2.4-liter I-4 (166); 3.0-liter V-6 (224); 2.0-liter I-4 with electric motor (195 net)
Transmissions: Continuously variable; six-speed automatic (V-6)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 25/30/27 (2.4)
Base weight (lb.): 3,350