The segment of hybrid SUVs and crossovers is a niche market for the time being, but it’s slowly growing in popularity. Drivers can get the best of family-friendly spaciousness and versatility while taking advantage of eco-friendly efficiency. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the brand-new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are two of the best vehicles in their class; here’s a side-by-side look at the Outlander PHEV and RAV4 Hybrid.
At first glance, it might look like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has an advantage over the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV when it comes to price. The RAV4 Hybrid comes out to a base price of $29,970, while the Outlander PHEV costs around $35,535. However, drivers of the Outlander PHEV get significant government tax credits for its efficiency – around $5,800 off – which puts the Outlander PHEV and RAV4 Hybrid at competitive price points.
Price isn’t the only concern when it comes to hybrids’ money-saving capabilities. Efficiency can save you big on your gas budget, too. With the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid you can get up to 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.* However, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a feature the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid can’t offer due to the fact that it’s not a plug-in hybrid: EV mode. When you’re behind the wheel of the Outlander PHEV, you can get up to 20 miles of electric-only driving, which means you can charge up between running errands without using any fuel at all. When the Outlander PHEV combines its gasoline engine with its electric power, it earns an estimated 74 MPGe.**
When comparing powertrains, the RAV4 Hybrid and Outlander PHEV have strikingly similar specs. Their engines produce 194 horsepower and 197 horsepower, respectively. However, critics laud the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for its incredible ability to seamlessly and smoothly transition between electric and gasoline power.
It’s a close race, but the Outlander PHEV offers an all-around better hybrid system. Plus, as the only plug-in hybrid crossover on the market, it’s unique. See the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for yourself at Pantili Mitsubishi.
*2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
**Combined fuel economy – Electricity + Gasoline.