The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are among the top choices for customers seeking to hit the road in an electrified SUV. Close comparison, however, shows that the Mitsubishi is the better bargain.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid differ in that the former uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain and the latter is a full-time hybrid. In other words, you can’t ever turn off the internal combustion engine (ICE) while driving the RAV4 Hybrid, while you can drive up to 22 miles on electric power alone behind the wheel of the Outlander PHEV before needing to fire up the ICE.
This translates to significantly better efficiency: the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 74 MPGe, but the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid can only manage a combined mpg rating of 32 mpg.* And you can go even further on electric power with the Outlander PHEV by charging more often between fill-ups, allowing you to save significantly more on gas depending on the length of your commute.
If you plan to carry passengers or cargo, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is clearly the better deal. It offers 1.7 inches more front headroom, 4 inches more rear hip room, 0.7 inches more rear legroom, and 0.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. What’s more, with the rear seats folded, the Outlander PHEV boasts a cargo capacity of 78 cubic feet, a good amount more than the RAV4 Hybrid’s 70.6 cubic feet.
As always, the warranty attached to Mitsubishi vehicles is in a class of its own. The Outlander PHEV comes with a full five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which expires two years and 24,000 miles later than the RAV Hybrid’s. The Outlander PHEV’s 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which covers any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axle, joints, or driveshafts, is also significantly longer than the RAV Hybrid’s powertrain warranty, as it its corrosion warranty.
So, if you would like to see the superior 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, stop in to Tom Hodges Mitsubishi for a test drive.