Miami Lakes 2018 Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Not Your Typical Plug-in Hybrid

Miami Lakes 2018 Outlander PHEV

When consumers think about hybrid cars, plug-ins, or electric vehicles, there are usually a lot of misconceptions or worries that creep up. Some think hybrid vehicles are all about the added fuel economy, and yes, some vehicles don’t change much, like the Kia Optima Hybrid, but that vehicle is a winner in all of its incarnations. When it comes to plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, that’s when people really start to get the heebie jeebies. “What if I run out of electricity, am I stranded?” Well, probably yeah, if it’s an all-electric vehicle – that’s why we’ve compiled a list of electric vehicle charging stations around the Miami, Florida area. In terms of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), it’s just like a regular car with an extra power source – gas up or charge up, the choice is yours.

But is that all? The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV says otherwise.

Yes, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a nice setup with a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine and two electric motors for a great combination of gasoline and electric power. And yes, drivers can drive 22 miles with zero tailpipe emissions for chunk change, or 310 miles with a full tank of gas and a fully charged 12.0 kWh lithium-ion battery. That’s the usual changes in a plug-in hybrid, but the Mitsubishi Outlander has many unique features, and it’s not all about fuel economy or savings – not that anyone would mind.

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Miami Lakes Automall Outlander PHEV

Misconceptions About the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Miami Lakes Automall Outlander PHEV

With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV finally in North America for the 2018 model year, some consumers are a little skeptical about the new plug-in hybrid. After the discontinuation of the Mitsubishi i-Miev, an electric vehicle, in North America due to sales, some may think Mitsubishi Motors decided to keep their alternative fuel vehicles overseas. Maybe the auto market just wasn’t in a good place for electric vehicles to be favorable. Hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids still have a way to go before they become a norm in the automarket, after all. So, there have been a lot of misconceptions about the Outlander PHEV, and we’re here to clear some of that up.

Some have said the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is essentially the ultimate tailgating or camping vehicle, and there’s a reason for that. Some people may be worried about the kind of power a plug-in hybrid can deliver. What they’re forgetting is the Outlander PHEV is also an SUV, meaning it was born to haul heavy cargo from the get-go. The standard 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, powered by a 2.4-liter MIVEC internal combustion engine, has a maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds†. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine and two electric motors, has the same towing capacity. With the combination of electric power, hybrid gasoline/electric power, and four-wheel traction, the Outlander PHEV is a hardworking and practical utility vehicle that also operates with the high efficiency of part-time electric drive.

Okay, but what about camping? How will the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV turn that into a life of luxury? Well, with this plug-in hybrid from Mitsubishi, consumers can forego the camper and take the Outlander PHEV to the nearest campsite. Standard household outlets installed in the back seat and the rear cargo area are helpful and unique features in the plug-in, and just like the 120-volt power outlets in one’s home, consumers can use these outlets to charge up standard appliances without a special power inverter. Seems plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have a little more to offer than we thought.

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Mitsubishi Motors Praised by Science

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Motors Automotive Science Group

Although some may find it surprising, Mitsubishi Motors has been receiving a lot of praise recently from select publications and organizations. Most recently, Mitsubishi received some good words from the Automotive Science Group (ASG). Having recently concluded several assessments pertaining to vehicles that excel in three key areas in the automotive industry: environmental, social, and economic performance, we can already guess what some of the good news entails. With the auto market starting to shift towards an industry dominated by SUVs and crossovers, alternative fuel is also making a place for itself. Thus, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mitsubishi Mirage both received awards for their current standing in the automotive world.

What Is the Automotive Science Group and Why Should I Care?

Established in 2007, the the Automotive Science Group was created to support Eco-innovations’ mission of addressing environmental challenges with market-based solutions that prompt informed consumer action. By informing consumer choice by enhancing product and technology comparison capabilities to better serve the environment, consumers can make informed decisions that are not only in their best economic interest, but also in the best interest of our environment.

With the conclusion of their recent Automotive Performance Index study, the ASG assessed 823 model year 2018 crossovers, SUVs, and minivans in North America, eight of which are made with plug-in hybrid or electric capabilities. The SUV segment was comprised of 372 models (including trim variants). Alternative fuel vehicles were of course considered out of the 823 models for their overall environmental impact as well as consumer benefits.

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Plenty of Good News for Mitsubishi Motors in First Half of 2018


Mitsubishi has been celebrating success for the last few months. Not only has Mitsubishi released new models in the U.S. market, but their models are earning awards and the company has been enjoying excellent sales in a couple different months since the start of 2018.


So far in 2018, Mitsubishi Motors has earned awards from Forbes, The Automotive Science Group and the New England Motor Press Association.

While the awards earned from the New England Motor Press Association and The Automotive Science Group are focused on Mitsubishi products, the recognition from Forbes was more personal. Mitsubishi Motors made Forbes’ list of the top 500 best large employers in the U.S. due to Mitsubishi’s high marks in employee culture and growth opportunities.

Mitsubishi Motors earned four different awards from The Automotive Science Group. The group recognized Mitsubishi Motors as Best All-Around Performance Brand and Best Economic Performance Brand, and it named the Mitsubishi Mirage the Best Economic Performance Car and Best 5 All-Around Performance. Those are excellent titles for the company to achieve, and we hope that it’ll convince Mitsubishi to keep the Mitsubishi Mirage around for many more years.

Previous to the awards from The Automotive Science Group, the New England Motor Press Association named the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV the Best Green Winter Vehicle. 2018 was the first year the Outlander PHEV was made available in the U.S.


In addition to awards, Mitsubishi has also had a successful first half of 2018 due to their impressive sales in January, March, April and May.

  • Mitsubishi Motors reports January 2018 sales up over 30 percent
    • Best January sales since 2007
  • Mitsubishi Motors reports February 2018 sales increased 18.8 percent
    • The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport had the best sales month ever
  • Mitsubishi Motors reports March 2018 sales up 21.7 percent
    • Best March sales since 2005
  • Mitsubishi Motors reports May 2018 sales up 31.7 in comparison to May 2017
    • Best May sales month in 11 years

It looks like Mitsubishi isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. If you are interested in any of the latest Mitsubishi models, come by Miami Lakes Mitsubishi. We have a huge selection of inventory and we have excellent deals and a great team of people to help you get the car to best suit your needs.


Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Bolt EV

Get Better Fuel Economy with An Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Bolt EV

When looking for a vehicle that has a competitive fuel economy in the auto market, consumers have been turning towards crossovers for their balance of fuel efficiency with their ability to carry a lot of cargo and offer various seating arrangements. With the growing popularity of alternative fuel vehicles, like hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs), there are even greater options for consumers. Here are just a few of the many options one can find at Miami Lakes Automall.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Everyone was pretty ecstatic when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was added to the North American lineup. Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine and a rechargeable 12 kWh lithium-ion battery, the plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes the Outlander PHEV so special is that the battery powers two electric motors that generate two different levels of torque for the front and rear wheels, 101 lb-ft of torque in the front and 143 lb-ft of torque in the back. Able to be charged in as little as 25 minutes with a CHAdeMO DC fast charger, (available at many electric charging stations in Miami), in 3.5 hours with a Level 2 240V electric port, or between 8-13 hours with a 120V electrical outlet, most consumers will find keeping their vehicle charged up will greatly improve their savings.

According to, the 2018 Outlander PHEV can help save $1500 over the course of five years in fuel savings. Keep in mind the federal tax credit of $5,386 – a deductible to be used for the same tax year the Outlander PHEV is purchased. When it comes to travelling, a fully charged battery can power the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for a driving range up to 22 miles on pure electricity. If driving all day, with a full charge and a fuel tank, drivers can travel up to 310 miles.

Starting MSRP is $34,595*.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is definitely a vehicle that wows the crowd. All those consumers that have reserved a Tesla may want to rethink where their money is going. Not only is the Chevrolet Bolt EV already available, but drivers have said the Chevrolet Bolt EV can get as much as 250 miles on electricity alone, thanks to regenerative braking – the standard is 238 miles alone. Powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric drive unit that can generate up to 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Being an electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt EV is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, applicable to the same tax year the vehicle is purchased. According to, consumers can expect an annual cost of only $550 to keep the Bolt EV charged throughout the year, saving a total of $5,250 in fuel expenses over the course of five years. That’s enough to start a retirement fund!

Starting MSRP is $37,495*.

2018 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is the very first of its kind – a hybrid crossover. This one is for those of you were were enticed by our opening paragraph. Being that a “hybrid” system is a combination of two different power sources working together, the main power source is an internal combustion engine, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine specifically built for hybrid vehicles. A supplemental power source is a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that generates power into an electric motor. Together, the hybrid system produces 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Each trim of the 2018 Kia Niro, four in total, has a combined fuel economy of 49-50 mpg. In total, this hybrid crossover has a range of 583 miles. According to, the 2018 Kia Niro can help consumers save up to $3500 over the course of five years, only costing $900 a year to keep the hybrid filled up. The 2018 Kia Niro is also applicable for a federal tax credit of $4,543 the same year it is purchased.

Starting MSRP is $22,890*.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Another first of its kind, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the world’s first hybrid minivan. A system known as a 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine powers the Pacifica Hybrid. Although called a hybrid, it is actually a plug-in hybrid, also known as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, able to be driven on only its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery or only on the 3.6L engine, or on both, its battery and 3.6-liter V6 internal combustion engine. When the Pacifica Hybrid is powered only by its battery, the hybrid minivan can travel up to 33 miles emissions free. On a full charge and tank, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a combined driving range of 566 miles.

According to, consumers can expect to save $3000 over the course of five years when driving the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Although not usual, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is actually applicable for the whole $7500 federal tax credit. That’s a huge deductible for the same tax year the hybrid minivan is purchased.

Starting MSRP is $39,995*

Interested in going a little green? Click on any of the links above for a whole new type of vehicle with plenty of room and a a long drive ahead.

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