2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

December 19, 2021

Surprisingly, the all-new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t as exciting as other crossovers. While it has a unique plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, it, unfortunately, is the only one as there will be no third row for buyers due to a lack of compatibility with the location of the PHEV’s battery pack. Its competitors also offer a plug-in, which makes it a standard feature to have.

However, there are a few features we love! Let’s get into the detailed overview of the Mitsubishi outlander.

The All-New Mitsubishi Outlander 2021

Being one of the few mid-sized SUVs to offer seven seats, the Mitsubishi Outlander is known for its spaciousness, equipment, and auto braking. It comes with an excellent smartphone integration that includes support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You get the choice of petrol, plug-in hybrid powertrains, and diesel, along with getting to choose to have a front-wheel or an all-wheel drive.

Along with the third row of seats, they’ve removed the base four-cylinder and available V-6. However, it offers more all-electric driving range and has a much larger capacity than before. There has been a substantial increase of the plug-in’s old 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines as it has now been altered with a more powerful 2.4-litre version.

In addition, it has a bigger rear-mounted electric motor – the PHEV’s combined horsepower increases drastically. If you opt for an Outlander SEL, you can help keep your investment low. It also comes with the standard Apple CarPlay, automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, Android Auto, and a touch screen infotainment.


Available only with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features an ultramodern hybrid system that operates on a level 3 fast charging.

The smart system helps pair with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with electric motors on both axles that help generate 221 horsepower. However, the steering doesn’t sit well and offers you a lifeless feel.

In terms of being efficient, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is slightly ahead of the last model.


There is no denying that the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander has a spacious interior, but it is not one of the best-looking interiors we have seen. Unlike the previous models, it does not offer a third back row as it does not fit the PHEV’s battery pack location.

Cargo space is spot on, and you can fit in many suitcases, family, luggage, etc. the centre console and adjustable load floor heights are great but nothing compared to its competitors.

The Outlander PHEV is well-equipped, but the cabin design is hit-or-miss. It has many different buttons and varying colour schemes. Some designs make you question why they are there, such as the cheap plastics. It gives off an old-school vibe.

Standard Equipment

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV  has heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and two AC power outlets. Along with that, it has a 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, etc.

However, it offers great visibility all around. Good rear-sized windows and c pillars don’t block your view while backing up or looking out.


The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a five-star NHTSA rating. It comes with driver-assistance technology that includes automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, standard lane-departing warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

The Adaptive cruise control is a standard but only on the top of the GT; otherwise, it’s unavailable.


While it is true that the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has an optional Apple CarPlay, touchscreen, and Android Auto capability, it is in no way better than what the competitors are offering. There is nothing exceptional to what they’re offering.

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has missed out on so many features that their competitors are offering, such as wireless charging – it gives its users up to three USB ports and three 12-volt outlets while its rivals are offering more.

HOWEVER, the GT model has a special feature of a 1500-watt AC power supply with two outlets to power an LED TV or other devices.

Cargo Space

It offers a big cargo area with large loading and opening. Designed to provide you with the utmost comfort and space, it offers a good amount of room for making the most of your adventures.

It fits seven passengers along with all the cargo you’ll ever need. Going on a road trip or cruising down the street with family PHEV’s folding rear seats gives you extra breathing space.


The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has three trims: SEL at $36.295, LE at $37,995, and GT at $41,995.

Final Thoughts

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV feels dated when you compare it to its competitors, and even with the powertrains updates, its EPA-estimated electric-only range, and overall efficiency trail, the RAV4 and Escape PHEV. The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid compact SUV with three trims and a 2.4-litre four-cylinder gas engine.

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gas engine and rear electric motor are more powerful for 2021, and its high voltage battery pack now measures 13.8 kilowatt-hours. It also gets powertrain software updates designed to improve overall refinement. The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is moving one step in the right direction. All that needs to be done is to revamp the interior and add more assistant technologies.

If you’re a family man buying this car, keeping your family in mind is a smart option. Suppose it will fit into your lifestyle and be great in terms of space and the features it offers. However, if you want a more tech-based car that offers competitors, you can opt for something else.

It is not a sporty car that will offer you a fast drive, but it will provide you with the ease and security you need on the road while giving you the latest technology and features to enjoy. People who have backseat passengers, such as families with kids, should consider buying this as it will offer them more leg and headspace.

We hope this 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Review provides you with the answers to all you were looking for.