Thanks to DriveShop for the test drive opportunity.
Writing on this blog has given me a platform to share with you about ways to save- time, money and sanity. A new twist on this is the opportunity to test drive some great vehicles. I hope my “mom’s take” on these cars will be helpful information if you are looking to purchase a new ride.
Since this was my first test drive, needless to say I was very excited when my new ride for the week showed up- a Mitsubishi Outlander. Not only was I excited to try something new, but honestly I was looking forward to shedding the van for a week. I never wanted to be a “mini van mom”, but when the twins arrived- we had no choice. And actually I have really grown to love my van and it’s versatility.
But I have to say, the Outlander did not disappoint on having versatility of it’s own. This crossover SUV comes with an optional 3rd row of seating. I loved having this option. For general driving the 2nd row is fine for my 3 kiddos. When I had to go grocery shopping, the 3rd row folds down to create an enormous trunk (3rd row folded down provides 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space)! Perfect for my mega haul or for toting around all the soccer gear. But several times during the week we had friends/cousins join us in the car. (VBS week!). Having the 3rd row made it possible for them to ride with us (7 total passengers). Great option for people who don’t want a “big” minivan, but want extra seating and/or trunk space.
Lets talk about some of the “tech” versatility on the Outlander too. I have never driven a car where you don’t have to put the key in the “ignition”. Just push the button and start it up! This means I can leave the keys in the bottom of my bag and not have to hunt for them. And you have to love a back up camera. My van has one, but the Outlander’s has some great updates. The “gridlines” give you a better awareness on all sides (helps with the “objects in the mirror” issue too). Also the automatic power liftgate on the trunk is a life saver when your hands are mommy full!
Here are a few accolades to note on the Outlander:
- IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” Award 2 years in a row
- “5 Year Cost to Own Award” from Kelly Blue Book
- Intellichoice award for “Sport Utility Best Overall Value of the Year”
Ok last point… Hubs says I always need to include the “6 foot 6 factor” in these reviews. Being tall has it’s advantages, but it can be tricky when buying a vehicle (especially when the wife is “vertically challenged”). The Outlander was great on leg room for the driver and adjustability of steering wheel and seat, unfortunately not so much on head room. While, he could see out the window while driving, it was barely enough. Just something for the small % of you freakishly tall people to consider. 😉
Missing that blue view (and the sunroof in the Outlander) #drivemitsubishi #driveshop #outlander Review #ontheblog later today. #tw A video posted by Mary Hoover (@amissiontosave) on
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Looking forward to my next DriveShop test drive and review. All opinions are mine, of course!