2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Crowned Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year

What’s Happening: The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has been named the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), after a two-day testing event at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. The vehicle also took home the title of “Best Three-row Family SUV.”

Why It Matters: This recognition highlights the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid’s design, engineering, and performance capabilities, and solidifies its position in the competitive SUV and pickup truck market. The vehicle’s blend of electric and gasoline systems, coupled with its Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive, make it a standout choice for outdoor enthusiasts.

Key Points:

  • The 2023 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid has received praise for its interior and exterior styling, driving dynamics, and seamless blend of electric and gasoline drive systems.
  • The vehicle offers up to 38 miles of all-electric range and up to 420 miles of overall range.
  • The Outlander PHEV is the only plug-in hybrid on the market with available DC fast-charging capability (SEL and above models), which can fill the 20kWh battery pack to 80% capacity in just 38 minutes.
  • Mitsubishi’s “Innovative Pedal” technology allows for near-one-pedal acceleration and deceleration, similar to full battery electric vehicles.
  • All plug-in hybrid Outlander models come standard with the brand’s signature Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system.

Bottom Line: The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid’s victory in the NWAPA’s Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition highlights its performance, design, and features, distinguishing it from competitors in the SUV and pickup truck market. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s recently announced “Challenge 2025” Midterm Plan emphasizes their commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and increasing sales of electrified vehicles in the coming years.


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