The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-9, and Ford Edge are all vehicles you’re bound to encounter when shopping for a new crossover, but only one is really worth paying special attention to.
Three of the aforementioned crossovers have similar base engines. The Outback has a 2.5-liter BOXER® four-cylinder, the Edge a 2.0-liter turbo-four, and the CX-9 a 2.5-liter turbo-four. They make, respectively, 175, 245, and 250 horsepower. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, however, does them all one better with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder combined with a pair of motors, one at the front and one at the rear. Total system horsepower is 197 but more important is the motors’ instantaneous torque delivery that gives the Outlander PHEV impressive grunt.
Better yet, even while providing very competitive performance, the Outlander PHEV delivers a combined fuel economy of 74 MPGe, far ahead of any of the others, none of which boast a fuel economy above 32 MPG combined.*
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Odds are that if you’re buying a crossover, family transportation (and thus safety) is one of the top things on your mind. If that’s the case, you’ll want to quickly forget about the Ford Edge, whose crash scores are mediocre. The other three boast good scores in crash tests but only the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV really stands out thanks to its superior driver assistive technologies, including Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a multi-view camera system.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-9, and Ford Edge are all well-equipped, though once again the Outlander PHEV edges the rest on the sum of all its features. The GT model comes standard with an exclusive 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium audio system, including nine speakers, a heated steering wheel, and thanks to its electric powertrain, smartphone EV remote capability.