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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Is an Underdog Worth Rooting For

Plug-in hybrids aren't for everyone, but with more power and more range, the 2023 Outlander PHEV is one of the best values in its class.

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I was recently able to put the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and its S-AWC stability control system in the pouring rain on the road and on the track.

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The updated 2023 PHEV features a larger battery and more powerful electric motors.

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Beneath the passenger compartment, the new 20-kWh battery pack is good for an estimated 38 miles of electric range.

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The front electric motor outputs 85 kW, while the rear climbs to 100 kW.

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A 2.5-liter gasoline engine turns a third electric motor-generator to extend the hybrid range up to 420 miles.

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Around town, the Outlander PHEV feels more like a BEV, since the electric motors are doing all of the work.

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Super All-Wheel Control is standard for the PHEV and features brake-based Active Yaw Control torque vectoring.

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The new Outlander is around 60 mm wider than the previous generation.

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The PHEV seats up to seven passengers with a more compact design for its third row seats than the non-hybrid model's.

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After confidently handling the wet course, Mitsubishi invited me to dirty the white SUV by doing donuts in the mud.

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Check out our review of the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for driving impressions and details.

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