Last week, we were celebrating the high ranking for the Japanese automotive brand, Mitsubishi Motors, during the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Measured on a vehicle’s quality during the first 90 days of ownership, a vehicle receives a rating of PP100, or how many issues it has every 100 vehicles. With only a score of 148 PP100, this put Mitsubishi Motors ahead of one of its stronger competitors, Lexus. With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the 2020 model year, its rival is the 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid 300H, but the outcome is going to be a quicker turnaround than you think.
I Got the Power!
Let’s not hide the numbers here. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Able to generate a shy 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque, this SUV may not win any races but the Outlander PHEV can drive on electric-power only for 22 miles, has a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg, a combined 74 MPGe, and a total driving range of 310 miles. The Lexus NX Hybrid 300H with all-wheel drive is powered by a turbo in-line four-cylinder engine, able to generate 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Lexus hasn’t listed the MPGe but has listed 24 mpg as the combined fuel economy. Some sources say the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H can travel as much as 450 miles.
Sure, the Lexus may have a little more distance and power, but is the price increase worth just a bump in horsepower and torque? Starting at $39,270 (plus destination fee) with all-wheel drive – yeah, the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H doesn’t come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD), but we want this to be a fair fight – gets you a more powerful engine. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, standard with the Super All-Wheel-Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system designed by Mitsubishi, starts at $36,295 (plus destination fee). This is just the start.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes with many standard features. These include leather upholstery for the cabin, heated front seats, rain sensing windshield wipers, a day/night electrochromic rearview, and a blind spot warning system. For a little convenience in daily life, the rear cargo door comes with a power liftgate and a Universal Garage Door Opener comes with every Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. This plug-in hybrid SUV also rides around on 18-inch wheels for a little extra style. Its competitor, the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H (with or without AWD) comes with…oh, none of these things, really – and it drives on only 17-inch wheels, so sad.
Everyone likes a ride that’s comfortable. In addition to the comfy leather upholstery, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes with a total interior volume of 102.1 cubic-feet, much more than the 71.6 cubic-feet of the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H, leading to more head and legroom. For loading in cargo, the Outlander PHEV also has more room than its competitor, with a total of 66.6 cubic-feet of cargo space versus 53.7 cubic-feet of cargo space. Comfort doesn’t just come from the seats though; it can also come from peace of mind.
Mitsubishi consumers rest easy, knowing that their Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is covered by the same warranties as all Mitsubishi Motors vehicles, a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty coverage plan and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty coverage plan. Lexus only offers a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty coverage plan and a 5-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty coverage plan for the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H. Seems like consumers are trading a lot for a little more power.
What do you think? Check out the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Miami Lakes Automall for yourself.