Do you need a break from society? Want to camp out under the stars or spend the day hiking a wooded trail? You’re probably looking for an innovative, eco-friendly ride to help you dive into your wild side. With the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid on the market, you’re probably wondering which is your best choice.
Our team at San Jose Mitsubishi near San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, CA, and neighborhoods in the Bay Area, have put these two hybrid vehicles head-to-head to see which one will help you take an off-the-grid vacation. Keep reading below to find out the winner.
In terms of mileage, the Outlander PHEV offers an EPA-estimated 320-mile driving range. In other words, it offers an EPA-estimated 74 MPGe with 24 of those miles operating solely on electric power. The Toyota boasts an EPA-estimated 41 city/38 highway MPG rating.
While both vehicles will keep you away from the gas station or charging station for longer, you can expect more all-electric miles coming from the Mitsubishi.
While both rides can keep you on the road to adventure longer, the Mitsubishi’s specific PHEV system only uses gas when it absolutely has to. On the other hand, the Toyota uses its hybrid power and gas interchangeably, no matter where you go.
When you’re making plans to go off the grid for a while, you have multiple options—to the woods, to the water, to the mountains, and more. Luckily, both of these SUVs offer drive mode selector systems to keep you cruising on any terrain ahead.
The Mitsubishi’s drive mode selector standardizes these drive modes:
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers a similar system with comparable drive modes; however, it goes without a standard snow mode. If you want to take your SUV on a road trip to somewhere where there is snow, the Mitsubishi may be your best choice.
When you’re heading out of town, you may want to bring a few people along for the ride. Both the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offer plenty of passenger space for the longest of drives.
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||Toyota RAV4 Hybrid|
|Headroom (front/rear)||40.6/38.3 inches||37.7/39.5 inches|
|Legroom (front/rear)||40.9/37.9 inches||41/37.8 inches|
|Shoulder room (front/rear)||56.4/56 inches||57.8/56.4 inches|
|Hip room (front/rear)||52.6/51.9 inches||54.3/47.7 inches|
Once you reach your camping destination, you may need just a little power to keep you going. If your campsite goes without a power source, the Mitsubishi SUV can offer you some with its available 1500W outlet. By connecting your 3-prong cord into this outlet, you can tap into the PHEV’s main drive battery.
Tapping into this source can help you power up your coffee maker, speakers, mini pancake griddle, or party lights. While the Toyota offers an available 12-volt power outlet, it goes without a 1500W AC power source like the Mitsubishi has. Going without that could mean you may have to go without certain amenities while camping.
When you’re heading out on the open road, you need a vehicle you can rely on. Both the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are viable options! However, our team at San Jose Mitsubishi believes the Outlander PHEV’s extended range, plug-in power, and additional power source make this SUV the winner.
If you agree, stop by our dealer near San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, California, for a test drive around the Bay Area today.