When it comes to pricing, it’s fair to say the Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer - the flagship of the Outlander range - ain’t cheap. It costs $69,990, before on-road costs, making it one of the priciest offerings in the medium SUV segment.
There are few direct mainstream PHEV rivals for the moment, save for the Ford Escape PHEV ST-Line (from $54,940), the Cupra Formentor VZx (from $62,990), and Peugeot 3008 GT-Line ($84,790), while the most expensive series hybrid Toyota RAV4 is the Edge from $56,650.
Slightly larger and offering a much more usable third row (more on that later), the Kia Sorento PHEV is getting up there at $81,080, before on-roads. The moral of the story is that 'regular' or series hybrids are much more affordable, for now, compared with PHEVs.
The Outlander Exceed Tourer I drove was a model year 2022 version, however the only difference between it and a model year 2023 is that heated second row seats are now standard. They were meant to be standard from launch but the semi-conductor shortage saw that feature dropped, and now it’s back.
The only option included in my well-equipped Outlander were floor mats that added $223 to the total price.
There is very little missing from the Exceed Tourer, which is probably appropriate given the price.
It comes with a wireless smartphone charger, a 9.0-inch multimedia screen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, a Bose nine-speaker audio system, digital radio, keyless entry and start, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.8-inch head-up display, reach and height adjustment for the steering, a hands-free power tailgate, a retractable cargo cover, programmable climate control, rear-seat climate control, leather-appointed seats, heated front and rear seats, and a leather-bound heated steering wheel.
It also has an extensive safety features list (detailed below) and a massage function for the power adjustable driver’s seat, as well as heated and power folding exterior mirrors.
Like I said, it has a lot of kit. Yes, it has a higher entry price compared to other medium SUVs, but you get all this equipment and an advanced PHEV powertrain. So on the value front it still gets a thumbs up.