Living in Los Angeles, California we have an opportunity to either drive to Las Vegas or fly there. Gas prices have been at it’s lowest in a very long time for us SoCal peeps, I decided to drive out to CES this year. Plus, who doesn’t love a fun road trip to Vegas once in a while. This was also a great opportunity to really test out a vehicle that I knew would get me there safe and that was reliable. Plus it also had to include pretty cool tech features to make my drive more entertaining.
With that said, I had the honor to test out the new 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. Without a doubt, crossover SUV’s are great for vacations, carpools and transporting the kids while also being more comfortable and fuel-efficient than traditional truck-based SUVs. The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t fall behind in any of those categories. Here’s a few features that in fact made my road trip very comfortable and stood out immediately as I took it for a test drive to Vegas.
The Mitsubishi Outlander gets awesome fuel economy among other midsize SUVs. This was definitely a surprise as I filled up under $30 and made it all the way to Vegas from Los Angeles under one tank of gas. As a sedan driver, this crossover was very comfortable to ride and it was mega fun to drive and has well-weighted steering. It always felt like I had full control of the vehicle and how it performed on the road, making a long trip as comfortable as it can get. However, it is a bit slow to accelerate, but then again it’s a SUV, not a Porsche.
The interior of the crossover was very spacey and attractive. The vehicle can seat up to seven passengers, with heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat, perfect for a big family or a girls getaway trip. I’m not a very tall gal, but the front seats are comfortable, spacious, and supportive for long trips. Plus, your backseat drivers would enjoy the sliding and reclining second row as it also offers plenty of legroom. However, if you were to fill up the third row, it would be more suitable for small children or those who are the loudest, ha! Third row isn’t very comfortable, but when you put the seats down, you’ll have plenty of room for all your bags or luggage.
Since I planned on driving alone to Las Vegas, I needed a vehicle that I can count on for safety. The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features didn’t disappoint, it included:
- 7 airbags strategically placed to offer the maximum amount of protective coverage in case of an accident. There are front driver and passenger, seat mounted side, side curtain, and driver’s knee airbags.
- Three-point seatbelts with head restraints for all seating, height adjustable front shoulder belts and LATCH child-restraint system with child safety rear door locks will keep the kids properly restrained in case of an accident.
- Optional electronic safety features include lane-departure warning and a forward collision-warning and mitigation system. The latter can sense an impending frontal collision, alert the driver and, if the driver fails to react, apply light brake pressure followed by full panic braking, potentially bringing the Outlander to a halt if it was originally traveling under 20 mph. At first this feature surprised me as I wasn’t expecting any alerts, but found it super helpful once I was in traffic.
Now let’s geek out on the best features of driving a car, the technology! The 2015 Outlander comes with a six-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port and Mitsubishi’s voice-activated Fuse Hands-free Link system. I definitely enjoyed the automatic climate control, the power sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance, all features that made my road trip enjoyable and short. Wow, I smile as I reflect on my journey.
Overall, driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT crossover was a great experience. There are many reasons as I mentioned above I would consider purchasing or recommending this environmentally-conscious vehicle, but just the fact that it’s an affordable crossover, starting at $22,995 and fuel efficient, it also provides the latest in advanced safety technologies, ecology and comfort.
For more info, visit Mitsubishi website.