Crossover SUVs – I am sure you have seen them, but have you ever drove one? I am all about SUVs. As a mom, I need SPACE – well I should say my kids need space. The SUV gives me just that and it’s not a mini-van. Sorry mini-vans, not a fan. But driving an SUV, I find myself saying a little prayer every time I have to park.
The compact SUV gives you the best of both worlds. You can park in tight parking spaces, yet still haul all of your groceries, kids and not feel like you are in a clown car.
Mitsubishi dropped a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at our house last week. I was interested to actually get behind the wheel of an crossover SUV. Somethings sound good in theory, but wanted to see for myself if the compact SUV lived up to the standard I’ve heard so many people rave about.
Let’s talk about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Here’s a video with an tour of the Outlander Sport and some of the key features that impressed me most:
It seats 5, allowing me to place comfortably a car seat and a booster seat – with a kid in the middle. We drove the Outlander Sport over 300 miles in the week we had it. Most of the time, I had 4 kids in tow (my oldest can sit in the front) – with no complaints on room.
Rear-View Camera System
Rear view cameras should be installed in every vehicle! The Outlander Sport’s rearview camera provides a wide-angle view of the area behind the vehicle. It is great for backing out of the driveway, as well as parking!
My current vehicle I have a key. With the Outlander Sport, it’s keyless! When the rep introduced this to me, I was fascinated but had no idea how cool this feature actually was until I had my arms loaded with bags and realized that the doors unlock themselves, no need to fumble thru my purse to find the keychain!
Safety is a key feature for Mitsubishi. In the Outlander Sport, there are 7 airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. As a mom, this was reassuring to me. While my record is clean, we have been in several near misses when it comes to accidents. It’s a terrible feeling and knowing that I am riding in a vehicle built to keep my kids and myself safe is a must in my book.
In addition to six standard airbags4-including front, front-seat-mounted, and side-curtain airbags-the Outlander Sport adds a seventh underneath the driver’s side dashboard. Designed to stabilize your lower body and knees during certain types of frontal collisions, it provides an extra level of protection when you need it most.
In addition to the 7 airbags, this crossover comes equipt with RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction. RUSE utilizes crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions.
Here is where the crossover SUV will make you salivate. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport averages 28 MPG – 32 MPG on the highway. I don’t doubt this AT ALL. We typically have to fill up at least once a week. We had a quarter of a tank of gas left when Mitsubishi picked this vehicle up after our 7 days were up.
In addition to the 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, the Outlander Sport comes with a 10-year/100,000 mile Powertrain limited warranty and a 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty. And if that’s not enough – they also have a 5-years/unlimited miles of roadside assistance. I don’t know about you, but me changing a flat tire on the side of the road with 4 screaming kids in the car, isn’t going to happen!
Panoramic Glass Roof
While this is an option, the panoramic glass roof that was installed in our test vehicle was amazing. You could close the roof, so you didn’t see it, but we left it open all week. It doesn’t open up to the outside, but gives you a fantastic view of the sky – think like a sunlight for your house, that’s what this is for your vehicle. You can turn little lighted lights on that outline the roof and its spectacular.
So there you have it, a review of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It’s a fun ride, and priced base at $19,595 – it’s a deal!
Thanks #drivemitsubishi for the fun week!
Mom to 4 kids, Molly aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. Talking technology and mom life, Molly shares the realities of parents digital kids.