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2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV really needs an update

No, this isn't the fancy new 2022 Outlander.

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Emme Hall

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a two-row midsize SUV. 

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Available in three trim levels with standard all-wheel drive, the Mitsu gets 24 miles of all-electric range.

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A new 2.4-liter I4 engine is supplemented by a 60-kW electric motor in the front and a larger 70-kW electric motor in the rear. Combined they produce 221 horsepower, 31 more ponies than last year.

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There is a bit of a rush off the line thanks to that electric power, but the steering fells loose, the handling is sloppy and the ride quality is harsh and uncomfortable.

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The car can operate in full-EV mode, a series hybrid mode that charges the battery while driving or a parallel hybrid mode that uses both the battery and the gas engine. 

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Every Outlander PHEV comes standard with forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams.

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With the addition of all-wheel drive, there are driving modes for Normal, Eco, Gravel, Sport and Snow.

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The cargo area has a total of 62.8 cubic feet of space, but the rear seats don't fold perfectly flat.

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The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is priced the same as the 2020 model -- $37,490 including $1,195 for destination. However, the GT trim pictured here is $43,805 including destination.

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