2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs. 2018 Nissan Leaf

Among the many things the introduction of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to accomplish is to raise the automaker's profile with customers looking for a hybrid vehicle. The new member of the Mitsubishi crossover SUV family has already been demonstrated in European markets and that success is expected to carry over to this side of the pond. As this technology continues to improve, it's important for buyers to learn how various models compare to one another. An examination of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs. 2018 Nissan Leaf will reveal that Mitsubishi is clearly on the right path. The Nissan Leaf was one of the first electric vehicles to make it to market and Mitsubishi has developed a few things to help the Outlander PHEV be a better option for buyers.

One of the biggest remaining criticisms of electric vehicles revolves around so-called "range anxiety." More charging stations are cropping up, but there is still a noticeable gap in the needed infrastructure. The new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV helps to eliminate this problem by using a highly efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood. Drivers can expect to be able to achieve the electric equivalent of 74 miles per gallon, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency. Furthermore, the 2018 Outlander PHEV has a total gas/electric driving range of more than 300 miles. The 2018 Nissan Leaf can't even match half that distance. As impressive as these figures are, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV still has to function as a crossover SUV. It offers more than double the cargo space of the Leaf.


2018 Outlander PHEV


2018 Nissan Leaf

2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Hybrid Engine 110-kW Elec. Motor
310 miles Max. Range 150 miles
3.5 hrs. @ 240V Fastest Charging Time 8 hrs. @ 240V
78 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 30 cu.-ft.


More Advanced Technology

Mitsubishi isn't leaving anything on the table when it comes to outfitting the technology options in the 2018 Outlander PHEV. Spitzer Mitsubishi customers can choose the SEL or GT trims. Both of them have an infotainment system that is compatible with Android- and Apple-based smartphone applications. The top-of-the-line GT trim is also equipped with a pair of AC power outlets rated up to 1,500 watts as well as nine-speaker premium Rockford Fosgate audio system.



A photo of the cargo area in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV where the charging gear is stored.
An interior photo showing a driver behind the wheel of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
A photo showing how much cargo can be carried in the rear of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
A close up photo of the touchscreen interface of the 2018 Outlander PHEV that can monitor fuel efficiency.