Taking in the Fall Colors with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

This post is written in partnership with Mitsubishi. All opinions are my own.

As much as I hate saying goodbye to summer, I do look forward to watching the leaves change colors every autumn. In Michigan, we have several different shades of red, orange and yellow leaves. Some trees are more vibrant than others, but when you look at the fallen leaves on the ground or a cluster of trees next to each other, the colors are so pretty that you’d think that they were straight from a painting.

The trees in northern Michigan tend to change before the trees in the southern part of the state do, so many people venture up to places like Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, or Mackinac Island to appreciate the fall colors. Even as you drive up I-75, you can see that the trees that line the roadways are bursting with color.

Back in mid-October, Mitsubishi was nice enough to loan me the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC so I could take a road trip up north to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. I’ll be covering more about my visit to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in an upcoming blog post, but one of the main purposes of my trip was to take in the fall foliage while the colors of the leaves were at their peak and to take in the beauty of northern Michigan.

Favorite Features:

  • Heated leather seats: When I drove this vehicle up to northern Michigan the temperature was between 30-40 degrees and the weather was extremely rainy and windy. I was thrilled when I discovered that this vehicle had heated seats. Being able to turn on this feature made my drive much more enjoyable since I was able warm up quickly and stay warm.

  • Panoramic roof: The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC has an insane moon roof. It stretches almost the full length of the vehicle. It’s perfect for letting lots of natural light into the vehicle. I’d love to sit in the backseat and go star gazing in northern Michigan. If you’re into outdoor activities like that, this car would be the perfect one for you to get.

  • Aluminum pedals: I wanted to point out the fact that this car has an aluminum gas pedal and brake pedal. I noticed this as soon as I got into the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and I thought this design element was so sleek.

  • USB ports: I love to keep my electronics charged, so I was happy to see that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC had USB ports that were accessible right underneath the heating and cooling controls. Before I started my drive, I was able to plug in my iPhone to keep it fully charged and take advantage of the vehicle’s Apple CarPlay feature (which I also loved).

  • Lane Departure Warning: I’m a big fan of vehicle safety features so I was pleased to see that this vehicle came with Lane Departure Warning. Any time that the car crossed over a line a bit more than needed without turning on the blinker, the Lane Departure Warning would be triggered and a beeping sound would occur

  • Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers: As I mentioned earlier in my post, the weather was really windy and rainy when I took my road trip up the northern Michigan in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC. Luckily, this vehicle is equipped with wipers that activate when rain hits the windshield and the frequency adjusts as the rainfall lightens up or gets heavier.

Room for Improvement:

  • Gas tank lever placement: When I had to stop and fill this vehicle up with gas, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to open the lid to the gas tank. I pressed on it and it didn’t pop open, so then I started to look for a lever inside of the car. I found a lever, but it was to the hood latch. I ultimately had to do a Google search to figure out where the gas tank lever was. Turns out that it’s on the floor of the driver’s side. It’s small, so I’m not too surprised that I missed it and had a hard time locating it at first.

  • Speedometer: The last time I used a speedometer that didn’t display the vehicle’s speed digitally was back when I was a freshman in college. This vehicle’s dashboard had digital components (for example, showing if the car was in park or flashing the Lane Departure Warning), but I had to read a regular speedometer to keep track of how fast the vehicle was going. After driving cars with digital speedometers for so long, I had to get used to using a regular one while driving this car.

  • Heating and cooling knobs: Maybe I have short arms or something, but I felt like I had to reach a little farther than I wanted to in order to access the heating and cooling knobs. I would have liked it if they were a bit higher. If I wanted to change the temperature or the speed of the fans, I had to take my eyes off the road for a brief moment in order to set the vehicle to the temperature that I wanted. For the most part, I relied on the Automatic Climate Control System which was fine.

Quick stats:

MSRP: starting at $20,395
MPG: 24/30
Seating: 5 passengers
Warranty: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
Safety: Active Stability Control, Rearview Camera System, Lane Departure Warning, 7-Airbag Safety System, Auto High Beam Headlights, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, Forward Collision Mitigation System, Fog and Daytime Running Lights

Overall, I was really impressed with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It’s a great vehicle for running errands or commuting for work. It’s also a perfect car for road trips. I loved the way this vehicle handled and I was happy to see so many safety features included. If you’re looking for a car that’s fun to drive and full of awesome features, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC would be perfect for you.