What’s new for the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander?
The Outlander’s PHEV model is currently the only model available since the gas-only powertrain is on a one-year break for 2021. The higher capacity battery system gives the vehicle greater range, from 22 to 24 miles, and better fuel efficiency than competitor models. The PHEV’s top speed also grew from 79 to 83 mph.
A more efficient 2.4-liter engine has replaced the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder version. Now equipped with a larger electric motor located at the rear of the vehicle, the PHEV’s horsepower shoots up from 31 to 221 horses in total.
Features and Specs
Unlike the previous models, the PHEV model now has two-row seats. That’s because of the location of its battery pack. The interior is mediocre, though large. The Mitsubishi’s cargo space falls short of other SUVs with the capacity to fit a total of 26 carry-on suitcases with the second row folded.
It revives itself with its competitive interior cubby area, yet there are rivals with better dashboard capability and convertible loading height to floor ratio. The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander features standard automatic high beams and front-crash alerts. The 2021 Outlander’s PHEV scored an impressive five stars on the overall NHTSA rating.
This vehicle has two full sets of LATCH fasteners for the back seats and a tether anchor for the back middle seat. However, you can take the tether anchor for other hardware. This addition resulted in the vehicle scoring an Acceptable rating from the IIHS for its ease of use.
The Outlander PHEV boasts five drive modes: the EV mode, Series Hybrid mode, Parallel Hybrid mode, Snow, and Sport mode.
Mitsubishi’s infotainment system is relatively user-friendly. Its standard features include a four-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 7-inch touchscreen. Still, it lacks a wireless charging feature.
The Outlander GT model features an exclusive 1500-watt AC power supply capable of powering a device such as an LED TV.
All the 2021 Outlander models are all-wheel drives (AWD).
The PHEV is the only plug-in hybrid SUV with an elaborate system that uses Level 3 fast charging. This feature makes recharging the vehicle’s battery convenient and simple.
The combined 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motors generate 221 horsepower. Although this is still no match with its rivals as acceleration is slow.
The Outlander offers a quiet and comfortable cruise when you are driving on different terrains. Its mushy suspensions cause a lot of body motion which reduces stability when negotiating corners.
The 2021 Outlander PHEV is more efficient when it comes to fuel economy than the models before it. The EPA rates it at 74 MPG combined with gas and electric operation. Yet this is still a very low rating compared to its rivals.
The 2021 Outlander can tow up to 1500 pounds, which is too little compared to its rivals.
The Mitsubishi brand has excellent powertrain coverage and exceptional warranty periods prove that it has the best protection plans in its class. The warranty and maintenance coverage that Mitsubishi offers include;
- Limited warranty secure five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty secures ten years or 100,000 miles
- No charge for scheduled maintenance
How Much Does A 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Cost?
The Mitsubishi Outlander’s decision to take the more affordable gas model devalued its value proposition. Mitsubishi states that the Outlander PHEV still incurs federal tax incentives, which notably decreases its price. The price range for the 2021 Outlander sport on the Fresno Mitsubishi site is $22,050 to $27,300.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander has a user-friendly infotainment system and a practical, though old, design cabin. It offers a longer warranty than most subcompact SUVs. However, unlike its rivals, it’s not built for any speed or power and definitely not competitive in technology and innovation.