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If you're looking for high mileage SUV or any kind of wet weather commute vehicle, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid could the one for you.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURCHMEIDE - The 2018 Mitsubishi PHEV is one of the few plug-in hybrids with all-wheel-drive. It will go up to 22 miles on electricity alone before the 2.0-liter gas engine kick in to extend the range and provide additional traction when needed.The all-new 2018 Outlander PHEV breaks new ground for Mitsubishi. With just a few models for sale in America for the past several years, Mitsubishi badly needed a game-changing vehicle, and this plug-in hybrid could do the trick.

The Outlander PHEV is mostly an electric vehicle. The 12 Kilowatt main drive battery will propel the SUV for about 22 miles as a pure EV. Then the vehicle switches on the 2.0-liter gasoline engine as a range extender, which means that the gasoline engine is used to recharge the Outlander's batteries. However, the gasoline engine can also be used to drive the front wheels to deliver more power when necessary.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURCHMEIDE - Inside the cabin of the 2018 Outlander PHEV you will find a state-of-the-art SUV with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment center that supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Outlander PHEV is an all-wheel-drive vehicle, with one electric motor driving the front wheels and another for the rear wheels. Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel-Control system allows the Outlander to decide which wheels need power at any given time, or the driver can lock the AWD system to ensure that power is sent to all four wheels.

With a full tank of gasoline, owners can expect 310 miles of range from the Outlander PHEV. However, in practice most people drive fewer than 50 miles a day and most of those miles are commuting to work. Many owners can recharge a plug-in during the workday and end up spending very little on gasoline except for special long-distance trips.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE -  Leather seating surfaces and heated front seats are standard on all trim levels with the 2018 Outlander PHEV.

The Outlander accepts standard 120-Volt current, 240-Volt Level 2 charging, and DC fast charging. Plugged into an ordinary wall socket, the Outlander will take a full charge in about 8 hours. Recharge time drops to 4 hours with a Level 2 charger, and down to 25 minutes or less with a DC fast charger.

Beyond the technology story, the Outlander PHEV is a truly nice vehicle. Slide into the cabin and you'll find a state-of-the-art SUV. Leather seating surfaces and heated front seats are standard on all trims, along with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment center that supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Mitsubishi even provides a nifty phone app that lets you control many functions and check charge status remotely.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The battery pack does not compromise the ample cargo space in the 2018 Outlander PHEV.

The Outlander PHEV offers 30.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats, and up to 77.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Towing capacity is 1,500 pounds. On the road, the PHEV has plenty of power, and it's extremely quiet.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is eligible for $5,836 in Federal income tax credits. Also, Mitsubishi is currently offering 0% financing for up to 60 months, or $2,000 cash back, and attractive lease terms. If you're looking for an SUV or any kind of commute vehicle, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV could be a game-changer.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The styling on the 2018 Outlander PHEV is clean and contemporary, and the PHEV decals are optional if you do not feel the need to advertise your green cred.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Base price: $36,115

Price as tested: $42,130

Type: Plug-in Hybrid Crossover SUV

Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4 and two electric motors (197 total system hp)

Transmission: Direct drive, single speed

EPA estimated mileage: 74 MPGe/25 gasoline only

Overall length: 184.8 inches

Curb weight: 4,178 pounds

Final assembly: Okazaki, Japan

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