What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander? What does it compare to?
The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander shares a platform with the Nissan Rogue, but with seven seats, it sits on the larger end of the spectrum, similar to a Volkswagen Tiguan.
Is the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander a good SUV?
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Between the gas and plug-in hybrid versions, it’s a tale of two crossover SUVs, really. The good standard features, excellent warranty, and overall value earn the gas model a 6.3 out of 10. If rated separately, however, the Outlander PHEV’s smooth drivetrain and superior efficiency would bump the TCC Rating to a 6.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander?
Mitsubishi adds two new trims with a limited-run 40th Anniversary model and a Ralliart version with sporty touches. But the biggest news following last year’s redesign is the return of a more efficient, more powerful, and better packaged 2023 Outlander plug-in hybrid.
The Outlander is a close relative to the Nissan Rogue, though it’s slightly longer, has distinctive styling, and offers a small third row of seats. Sure, there are some shared, futuristic styling themes, but overall the Outlander charts its own course with its big cheeks up front, laser-sharp wheel options, and narrow, Jeep Grand Cherokee-esque taillights.
Inside, the two share some buttons and knobs but again diverge considerably when it comes to styling. Unless you’ve driven them back-to-back, you may not realize that they’re cousins.
Unlike the Nissan with its turbocharged engine, the Outlander makes use of a 181-hp 2.5-liter inline-4, paired here with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and either front- or all-wheel drive. At 27 mpg combined, the Outlander trails many competitors though the upcoming PHEV gives it a green flag to wave.
Sharing a body with the gas version, the Outlander PHEV upgrades to a larger battery pack, larger motors powering either axle for standard all-wheel drive, and a revised engine with more efficient exhaust tweaks. In all, the Outlander PHEV travels much farther on a charge to 38 miles of electric range, and on a tank, to 420 miles total. It comes better equipped (and higher priced) than the gas-only Outlander, with a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 9.0-inch touchscreen.
Decently spacious for four, the Outlander can squeeze in seven if at least half are of small stature. Cargo room behind row three is predictably limited, however.
A good array of crash-avoidance tech is joined by optional adaptive cruise control and active lane control, which conspire for very short stints of hands-free driving to reduce driver fatigue.
How much does the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander cost?
Full pricing for 2023 has yet to be announced, though expect it to start at about $30,000. The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $41,190, including a $1,345 destination fee.
Base models get cloth seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Options range from semi-aniline leather upholstery to a 10.8-inch head-up display.
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