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2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

We're no stranger to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV here on TestDrive. Our very first taste of it was back on the 11th of March 2018 at the Salon de l'Auto de Québec, where Mitsubishi had a small ride-and-drive setup for attendees to see how the PHEV system worked in conjunction with the Super All-Wheel Control system. Later we finally had the chance to drive that generation from the press fleet to see what it was to live with on a longer-term basis.

The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander launched as a 2022 model year, based on the global Nissan-Renault platform that underpins the Nissan Rogue. At the time the ICE model was the only one available for Mitsubishi with the promise of the plug-in hybrid coming later into the production. Fast-forward to the start of 2024 and we finally got our hands on one. Available from 2023 onward, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV takes the success from the first iteration and improves on the styling and comfort with a new upscale look and feel.

The distinctive look of the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC is one of those love or hate situations. The Range Rover-esque exterior is bold and masculine, with strong chrome access and split front lighting. The GT trim is the top form for the Outlander PHEV in Canada, offering up all the features and tech Mitsubishi has to offer. A full suite of safety technology also makes the Outlander PHEV a safe vehicle, with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure alert, and 360º cameras to name a few.

One of the major standout features for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the Super All-Wheel Control system, first developed as for rallycross on the Lancer Evo X. S-AWC takes AWD to another level, with features like active yaw control, active centre differential, active stability control, and sport ABS. We recently attended an event with Mitsubishi Canada where engineers from Japan, including Sawase Kaoru, Engineering Fellow at Mitsubishi Motors Corp and considered the Godfather of S-AWC, along with Honda Kentaro, C-Segment Chief Vehicle Engineer for Mitsubishi Motors Corp, explained in detail why S-AWC works. Their math must check out, as we experienced it first hand to see the difference.

The week we had the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was pretty dry in Ontario, with a bit of snow and rain to make the car dirty, but not really push it to its potential. Lucky for us we don't mind a clear, dry week with our press cars, it helps to keep interior a little cleaner so we can enjoy it just a little more. Our GT trim comes with the two-tone black and brown leather configuration. Features include heated front seats with a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, digital gauge cluster, and HUD.

Seating was comfortable and spacious. The front seats also get massage functionality, but they're really just pressure points pushing into your back. A unique feature found in this segment, but not one we'd necessarily run to. Ergonomics of the interior are also quite good, with ample physical buttons, an easy-to-use terrain mode selector, and seating for 7 if you really want it. The Outlander is one of the only compact consumer crossovers that offer 3 rows of seating. While we joke in our video that the third row is only for those without legs, the two trunk seats are ideal for smaller passengers when extra seating is required.

While the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC doesn't come will all the features, like ventilated front seats, it is well-equipped and attractive in the segment. The PHEV system works well with approximately 50 kms of usable EV range which is good for daily use in-town. Mitsubishi Motors Canada also offers a 10 year warranty on their vehicles for added peace of mind.

We invite you to head on over to our YouTube Channel where we just celebrated 48,000 subscribers to check out our full tour and review of the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC.


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