We’ve been fans of Mitsubishi’s Outlander compact crossover ever since it arrived in the United States 17 years ago. It has proved to be Mitsubishi’s most durable entry in the U.S. market, having outlasted the Diamante, Galant, Lancer, Montero and a dozen other models over the years. For 2020, Mitsubishi ups the ante with desirable safety systems as standard equipment in most Outlanders, and continues to offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version.
The Outlander we tested was the full-dress model, the PHEV GT. Its price was on the high side — $43,600 — and we were unimpressed with the capabilities of its EV system. Having charged it to capacity overnight, we expected it to get us all the way from Bethel to our job site in Waterbury on battery power alone. No such luck. The gasoline engine kicked in about 15 miles into the trip, well short of the advertised 22-mile battery range.