This post is written in partnership with Mitsubishi. All opinions are my own.
Over the week of the Fourth of July, my husband and I headed up to Northern Michigan for a week of fun in the sun. My parents have a house on a large lake, so we couldn’t wait to get to their place so we could go swimming, ride jetskis and just relax. We ended up taking the whole week off of work to celebrate the Fourth and my husband’s birthday, so it was really nice to get away and spend time with family.
There is so much to do and see in Northern Michigan, so I knew that we were going to be on the go a lot during our week-long vacation. Between the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City (which takes place during the week of the Fourth) and visiting wineries on Old Mission peninsula, our family had a jam-packed itinerary with lots of activities planned each day.
Knowing that we were going to be driving from place to place during our week in Northern Michigan, I worked with my friends at Mitsubishi to set up a test drive opportunity with the Mitsubishi Outlander LE S-AWC. As soon as the vehicle was dropped off at my house, I couldn’t wait to check it out. The first thing I noticed was the sleek exterior. The car had black paint, black rims and a lot of chrome accents/details on the front grill.
I’m going to highlight some of my favorite features of this vehicle below as well as some of the things that I’d like to see improved in future versions of this car. Read on to hear my thoughts!
- Stow and go seating: We had a lot of gear to take on our trip, so being able to fold down the back seats and load our luggage into the car was a big benefit. Folding the seats down in the Mitsubishi Outlander was so easy and only took a few seconds.
- Third row seating: I was so surprised to learn that this vehicle has three rows of seats. Although we didn’t have to use them, it was still a very nice option to have just in case. I loved that the headrests for the third row seats were stored away in a secret space the trunk.
- Fuel economy: My husband and I drove over 200 miles on the first leg of our road trip to Northern Michigan and the Mitsubishi Outlander went through less than a half tank of gas. I’m really impressed by the fuel economy in this vehicle and how many miles you can travel without having to stop at the gas station for a fill up.
- Apple CarPlay: I think Apple CarPlay is so cool. I love this feature and how my iPhone can be seamlessly integrated with the Mitsubishi Outlander. During our drive, I wanted to listen to some music that I had on my phone, so I just plugged in a USB and Apple Car Play immediately came up on the infotainment screen.
Room for improvement:
- Power liftgate: The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t have a power liftgate, so you have to open the trunk manually. I prefer to have a power liftgate, especially when setting out for a road trip since I normally have my hands full when packing the car. Having to set all of my belongings on the ground to free up my hands to open the trunk is a small annoyance for me.
- Infotainment screen: I loved the fact that this vehicle had a 7-inch touch screen with a USB port and Bluetooth, but I did find that it was a little difficult for me to press the buttons from time to time. Some of the radio station buttons seemed small and I had to press them a few times to actually change stations.
Now that you know all about my favorite features and a few things that I'd like to see improved in the future, here's a quick overview of the Mitsubishi Outlander’s specifications:
MPG: 20-25 City, 27-30 Highway
Seating: 7 passengers
Warranty: five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
Safety: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Outlander a 2018 Top Safety Pick.
I’m a big fan of crossover SUVs and the Mitsubishi Outlander did not disappoint. It’s the perfect car for day-to-day driving or long-haul road trips. The car offers plenty of leg room, comfortable seats, a great sound system, awesome fuel economy and room for you and six of your closest friends. Given that I test drove a 2018 model, I would have expected to see more modern features such as a powerlift gate or adaptive cruise control. Even without these features, the Mitsubishi Outlander is still an impressive car with a stylish exterior and a comfortable interior that will help you get from point A to point B.