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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: Choosing the Right Trim

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) is unique in that it is a plug-in hybrid SUV with seating for five, has a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and the ability to use a Level-3 fast-charging station.

The 2022 hybrid version does not share its body and interior with the all-new Outlander. It carries over with the old body style. We expect an all-new plug-in hybrid to arrive late in 2022 as a 2023 model.

As with many new cars, the Outlander PHEV comes nicely equipped even in base form but with more desirable options offered on the higher trims. Unlike many new cars, the Outlander doesn’t offer much in the way of option packages or standalone features. So, if you want a heated steering wheel or adaptive cruise control, you have to move to the top-of-the-line GT trim to get them.

Regardless of which Outlander lands in your driveway, it will feature the same 2.4-liter gasoline engine paired with twin electric motors (one at each axle) powering all four wheels.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL (Starting at $36,695)

The SEL is the entry-level Outlander trim. At nearly $37,000, you’d expect a well-equipped SUV, and that’s precisely what you get.

The Outlander PHEV looks very much like the last-generation Outlander, except for some badges, trim, and of course, the small door covering the charging port. Halogen headlights accompany standard front foglights and LED daytime running lamps, while the taillights get LED illumination.

The Outlander’s power-folding side mirrors are heated, as is the windshield’s lower edge that plays host to the wiper de-icer. Rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, and rear privacy glass are all included in the price. In place of a spare tire is a tire repair kit.

Catering to the Outlander PHEV’s hybrid-electric components are a unique set of features, including a warming unit for the drive battery, DC fast-charging port, regenerative braking system (recaptures energy during deceleration), and high-voltage cut-off system. Because EV’s run pretty silently, the Outlander PHEV includes an acoustic vehicle alert system that makes noise, so pedestrians and bicyclists will hear you coming.

Inside, the Outlander PHEV gets a unique instrument cluster with an energy meter that displays Charge, Eco, and Power indicators. A multi-color information display sits between the energy meter and analog speedometer. Oddly, the control button for the info screen is located on the dash, not the steering wheel where one would expect to find it. Situated on the Outlander’s center console are an electric gear selector and drive-mode controller with Sport mode.

Leather seating and heated front seats are standard, as is an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and an 8-way power passenger seat. The leather-wrapped steering wheel tilts and telescope and includes controls for the cruise control, audio, Bluetooth, and voice activation. Also included are paddle shifters that operate the regenerative braking.

The Outlander PHEV features a Fast-Key smart entry system with proximity key fob. The system allows anyone with the key fob to unlock the vehicle simply by touching the door handle and start it with a push of a button. The fob also operates the power rear liftgate.

Dual-zone automatic climate control with micron air filtration is standard and includes rear-seat air vents. The Outlander’s rear seats feature a 60/40 split and can recline or fold flat for increased cargo space. Lights are everywhere inside the cabin, including on the visor vanity mirrors, front floor, overhead (both map light and dome), and cargo bay.

On the technology front, the 2022 Outlander PHEV isn’t exactly cutting edge. An 8-inch touchscreen handles the infotainment system and includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM with a 3-month trial subscription. There’s no navigation option, so you’ll have to use your smartphone if you need directions. The audio system includes HD radio and six speakers. A rearview camera along with front and rear USB ports complete the package.

As for driver assists and safety features, the Outlander PHEV includes most of what we expect in this price range, although adaptive cruise control is limited to the top GT trim.

The Outlander’s driver-assist suite includes forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic emergency braking, auto high-beam headlights, lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning with lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic detection.

Also standard are hill start assist and an electronic parking brake with auto-hold.

With the $1,195 destination fee, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV costs $37,890. On a 60-month loan at 3% interest with no down payment, the monthly payment comes to $681. Find a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL for sale

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL includes:

  • Power front seats – heated and covered in leather, both the driver and passenger enjoy 8-way power-adjustable seats, with the driver getting power lumbar support.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – allow seamless integration of your smartphone into the infotainment system, with access to apps, route guidance, messages, and music.
  • Level-3 fast-charging – this setup allows for a DC fast-charging station to recharge the Outlander’s battery, taking about 25 minutes for an 80% charge.
  • Power liftgate – makes it easy to access the cargo bay when holding groceries, boxes, or kids.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV LE ($38,395)

LE stands for Limited Edition, but this trim is just the SEL with a few extra styling tweaks and two noticeable upgrades: a power sunroof and an 8-speaker Mitsubishi Power Sound System.

The rest of the package consists of dark trim around the windows, grille, and mirror caps, plus gloss-black roof rails and electric shift lever. The 18-inch alloy wheels also get the black-out treatment, and the interior upholstery is synthetic suede with red stitching.

With destination, the Outlander PHEV LE costs $39,590. The monthly payment over the SEL comes to $711, or just $30 more a month. Find a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV LE for sale

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV LE includes:

  • Mitsubishi Power Sound System – adds two more speakers and an amplifier to improve overall sound quality and loudness.
  • Power sunroof – an excellent way to let more light and air into the cabin without lowering the windows.
  • Simulated suede seats – a nice change if you don’t like the slipperiness of leather. Attractive, comfortable, and set off nicely with red stitching, these seats give the Outlander’s interior a more substantial visual presence.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT ($42,395)

While the GT badge might have you thinking this is the sportiest of the three trims, the truth is there is no difference in performance. The GT is primarily a visual and equipment upgrade, using the same suspension and drive mode system as the SEL and LE.

The top-line Outlander PHEV GT includes all the SEL and LE features plus LED headlights and foglights, diamond-quilted leather seat upholstery, heated steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control.

Also included is a 1,500-watt AC power supply with two outlets (reducing the number of rear-seat USB ports to one), a multi-view camera, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink.

That’s it for the GT.

With destination, the GT costs $43,590, which makes the monthly payment $783 or about $72 more each month than the LE. Given the upgraded audio, adaptive cruise control, and multi-view camera, the extra cost might be worth the upgrade. Find a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT for sale

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control – automatically maintains a pre-set distance between the Outlander and the traffic ahead. The system can slow the vehicle and then resume speed once the cars in front begin to move.
  • Heated steering wheel – you’ll never know how much you need this feature until your first freezing morning without it.
  • Multi-view camera – provides a top-down 360-degree view outside the Outlander.
  • 1500-watt outlets – allows passengers to plug in items like a laptop or video game without the need for a 12-volt adapter. One three-prong outlet can be found in the cargo bay with another one in the back of the center console.
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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