2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid in Schaumburg, IL
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Dare to Compare: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
When it comes to hybrids, two of the most popular are the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. However, between the two, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV holds some distinct advantages over the RAV4 Hybrid.
Going on electricity
Perhaps the largest advantage that the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV holds over the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is there in the name: PHEV. The Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid, which means that it has the ability to travel an EPA-estimated 22 miles just using electric power.* The RAV4 Hybrid, with its more conventional hybrid system, doesn’t have an electric range, burning gas for every mile. In this way, the Outlander PHEV can handle normal everyday driving without a drop of gas.
The Outlander PHEV also holds an advantage over the RAV4 Hybrid in its cost savings. This starts at purchase, as the Outlander PHEV qualifies for the federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles, to the tune of $5,836 in incentives. The EPA also estimates that Outlander PHEV drivers will save more on gas than RAV4 drivers — RAV4 Hybrids save $1,250 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle, while the Outlander PHEV saves $1,500 in the same time.
The RAV4 Hybrid boasts on its website that despite its efficiency, it still manages to deliver 194 net horsepower, between its 2.5-liter gas engine and its two electric motors. However, the Outlander PHEV easily tops that number with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 117 horsepower by itself, combined with two electric motors that both make 60 kW of power, or a little over 80 horsepower each.
Clearly, the Outlander PHEV holds the advantage when it comes to cost savings and performance, allowing its drivers to spend most of the time not using any gasoline at all. Come and test drive this advanced hybrid today at Schaumburg Mitsubishi.