2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Hampton, VA

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has remained one of the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicles of its size since its inception, and we expect 2019 to be no different. The vehicle, which is available in Japan currently, is expected to make its first appearance in the United States in 2019. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect. 

Trim Levels (Exterior)

The Outlander PHEV will come in four trim levels: ES 2.4, SE 2.4, SEL 2.4, and GT 3.0 S-AWC. All of the models have optional AWC or all-wheel control, except the GT 3.0 S-AWC, where all-wheel control comes standard. 

The ES 2.4 starts with halogen headlights, LED taillights, LED running lights, color-keyed bumpers, door handles, and grille accents, heated power sideview mirrors, rear privacy glass, and 18-inch alloy wheels. 

The SE 2.4 adds optional power-folding sideview mirrors, fog lights, and an available sunroof. 

The SEL 2.4 makes LED headlights and fog lights an available option, while these are standard on the GT 3.0. These higher-level trims also add rain-sensing wipers and silver roof rails. The GT 3.0 also adds a windshield-wiper de-icer, and all of the other features mentioned above come standard. 

Engine (Power)

The ES, SE, and SEL models all come with a 2.4-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine, which produces 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. This is new for the 2019 model year and replaces the previous 2.0-liter engine. 

The GT has a 3.0-liter 24-valve V-6 engine for some extra oomph. It produces 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. 

The 2.4-liter engine comes paired with a continuously variable transmission. The 3.0-liter comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission instead. 


Some reviewers have called the Outlander PHEV a pleasant and comfortable drive. For this model year, the battery has been increased from 12 kWh to 13.8 kWh, allowing it to operate for longer on electric. For better handling, the vehicle now includes front and rear dampers, while a faster steering ratio and improved steering control mean the vehicle has a better feel and more responsiveness. 


For 2019, the interior has some aesthetic updates to the trim as well as reshaped seats for more comfort. The ES model starts with six-way adjustable seats, 60/40 fold-down rear seats in the second row and a 50/50 fold in the third row, heated front seats, a telescopic steering wheel, and much more. 

The SE upgrades the driver's seat to an eight-way power-adjustable seat and adds combination seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SEL moves to leather seats and has an optional heated steering wheel. 

All of the models except the ES are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and offer SiriusXM. All of the trims have Bluetooth compatibility, steering wheel phone controls, and a rearview camera. 

Safety Features

Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV has a number of features that come standard, including TPMS, traction control, ABS brakes, stability control, and more. In addition, newer safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and more are available as options on the SEL and GT models.