The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, was honored as the first-ever 2020 Family Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal.
Presented for the first time at the 2019 San Antonio Auto & Truck Show, the all-new 2020 Family Green Car of the Year award recognizes the increasingly important role that environmental performance plays in the family vehicle market.
The Outlander PHEV was recognized for its blend of environmental performance and family-friendly versatility in a popular crossover package. The publication further recognized the Outlander PHEV for its unique offering of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) efficiency and sport utility capability.
“The Outlander PHEV remains the efficient family vehicle to beat, and it continues to underscore Mitsubishi’s longstanding commitment to electrified mobility,” said Jim Sweeting, Sales Manager, Central Region, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), upon receiving the award at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. “Winning Green Car Journal’s first-ever Green Family Car of the Year award is a great honor and recognition of Outlander PHEV’s potent combination of reliability, efficiency and value.”
The Green Car Awards at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show highlight the best environmentally friendly new model year vehicles to help make purchase decisions easier. The Outlander PHEV was recognized for ‘green’ attributes and how it rose above its many competitors on the market, earning the magazine’s recognition as a 2020 Green Car Product of Excellence.
“The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers family-friendly functionality, satisfying ride and handling, and welcome plug-in hybrid operation that enhances environmental performance,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “It’s an exceptional crossover offering the technology, driver assist systems, and capabilities so desired by families today, at reasonable cost.”
The Outlander PHEV brings together the superior efficiency of an electric vehicle, the utility of a crossover as well as stability and handling provided by Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. The PHEV boasts a 22-mile all-electric driving range mated to a gas motor to combine for an EPA estimated 74 MPG-e. The S-AWC system was modified specifically for the Outlander PHEV’s unique twin electric motor configuration to allow maximum performance and superior traction and safety, especially in harsh weather conditions.
Last year, the Outlander PHEV also received Green Car Journal’s 2019 Green SUV of the Year.