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Outlander is the best-selling Mitsubishi’s vehicle in the USA. Thanks to its versatility and performance, the SUV can keep the pace with the competition. Few of the things which will make buyers looking for the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander are gas mileage and the seven-seat layout. By combining these two, the SUV becomes one of the vehicles most suitable for larger families.
The new 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander is going to bring the same features as its facelifted predecessor. The company is saving the most for the next update which will introduce the new generation, probably in 2021 or 2022.
We were talking about the versatility, so we also have to mention what you can find under the hood. A four-pot unit with 165 hp is definitely an underachiever for this class. But, the Japanese company is adding a V6 as the optional drivetrain. That is not all since the Outlander offers a hybrid version as well.
Inside, you can choose between a five- and seven-seat configuration. The vehicle is available outside the US with the same layouts. Do not mix it up with a smaller Outlander Sport crossover.
Drivetrains, Specs, Capabilities
All standard versions of the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander are using a four-cylinder engine. A 2.4-liter drivetrain can produce 166 hp and 162 lb-ft. for a mid-size model, this is definitely not enough. Still, the Japanese company takes advantage of the excellent fuel economy. Mated to a CVT automatic transmission, the Outlander returns 25/30 mpg in city/highway. Equipped with the all-wheel drive, the system consumes slightly more fuel.
If you need more power and towing capacity, then you need to skip ES, SE, SEL, and LE models. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander GT comes with a 3.0-liter V6 unit, which is the one that makes this SUV so popular. It delivers 225 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque.
Well, more power and torque also raise the maximum towing capacity. All trim levels that use a four-cylinder engine can haul 1,500 pounds, while the V6 increases the towing capability to 3,500 pounds. The premium fuel is required and the drivetrain sends power through a six-speed automatic transmission to all wheels for the Outlander GT. Paddle shifters offer a manual gear change.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV USA Range and Specs
The Outlander GT definitely offers the most power, but the most impressive model in the lineup is the plug-in hybrid. Mitsubishi and Nissan are partners for some while and this cooperation resulted in the PHEV SUV. Engineers combined a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a pair of electric motors.
A conventional source of power delivers 117 hp and 137 lb-ft of torque. The Electric unit on the front axle produces 60 kW (80 hp) and 137 Nm (101 lb-ft of torque). A battery on the rear axle creates the same power and 195 Nm (144 lb-ft). According to calculations, the total output will be 190 hp.
Batteries take 13 hours to recharge on the home outlets. By using the 240V/16A system, you will reduce this time to 3.5 hours. Fast charge system also offers a quick recharge – 80 percent in 25 minutes. The range of the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is 35 miles (55 km) by using only the electric power.
Features and Options
The new Outlander is available in ES trim as the entry-level package. A seven-seat and a 7-inch screen are interior highlights. Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and an electric parking brake are standard parts of the trim level.
The SE model increases the size of wheels from 17 to 18 inches. Besides that, this package adds SDA audio system, FAST-Key passive entry system (with panic feature and push start button), a 3-month subscription to SiriusXM radio, and LED DRLs.
The LE trim adds another grand to the price, but it comes with blind-spot warning, lane change assist, and rear-cross traffic alert. Not so expensive for the higher level of safety it brings. The LE model also improves the overall look with sunroof and black pillars. Black is the color of bumper lower garnishes, door garnishes, and side mirrors.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL and GT
Top of the class trim for the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander is SEL. It comes with all options mentioned for previous trims and adds more accessories. Opt for an SEL package and you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features auto-dimming rearview mirror and silver roof rails.
As said, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander GT uses a V6 engine. Leather seats and the premium audio are added to the SEL trim, which is not available with the larger drivetrain.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Price
The 2020 Outlander is available for just $25,000. Each of the next two trim levels is adding around $1,000 to this price. The SEL model starts at $27,500. Premium ($2,000) and SEL Touring ($3,000) packages are available for upgrade. Of course, there is an AWD as well. The Outlander GT costs $34,000. Touring suite for this version costs $1,000 and AWD is standard. PHEV model starts at $37,000 and goes up to $43,000 for the GT trim.