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Remember Mitsubishi? Not the company that made your old projection TV or your air conditioning unit, but the automaker. Maybe you remember the Eclipse, Galant, or Montero (not that Mitsubishi Motors makes any of those cars now).

Perhaps sticking too closely to their appliance siblings, the automaker has been selling bland cars and enticing buyers with generous finance offers and ads with catchy songs. You’re probably more likely to get into a Mitsubishi elevator these days than one of its cars.

But it would be a shame if you ignored the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV altogether, because it actually brings something useful to the US new car market: it’s a plug-in hybrid, all-wheel drive SUV that doesn’t cost all the money in the world.

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