I decided that for our last post about our adventure with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that I would post some more pictures of our adventure while giving you an overall review of the vehicle. I really enjoyed driving it for the week that it was on loan to us. While the dogs didn’t get to spend all that much time in it basically driving back and forth to visit their grandma and grandpa it was enough time to know that they would need to have either a bigger crate if no one else was going to be in the car with us (unless the entire back was full of suitcases and stuff for a real vacation or they would need to be in their carry bags which would have fit behind the back seats but still able to get air conditioning to them if we were a family of 2 adults and 3 kids plus to the two dogs. Being a famiyl of one adult and 2 small dogs the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was a very big vehicle. Though if Indiana were still actively in conformation dog shows or had ever pursued agility and we had to transport everything up and down the East Coast all summer long a big vehicle like this would be super handy and useful.
Driving in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was a nice ride it wasn’t too bumpy and going down the highway I had to pay attention not to go too far above the speed limit because the ride was so smooth. For a big vehicle it did get really good gas mileage not all that far off from what I am used to with the MINI. While I had more fun with the vehicle on the open road it really had no problem going up and down really steep mountain roads which because of the size of the engine I thought would be an issue. It really didn’t have a problem at all. Even on my parents driveway where other cars can sometimes slip out the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport just kept chugging up the steep incline.
Like I said we really put it through its paces on the steep mountain roads and it was great. It was during one of the uphill climbs that my mom turned to me and asked if there was any possible way I could keep the vehicle through the next weekend for when my grandmother was going to be in town. Originally when I chose the date I did I wasn’t going to be going up tto the mountains when my grandmother was in town as they were going to come to where I live for Sunday brunch and to hang out in the “big city” plans changed from when I put my date request in for the Outlander and when I had it up in the mountains. We all felt that my grandmother would be more comfortable getting in and out of the Mitsubish Outlander which is high enough off the ground that you step up into it but not feel like you are climbing in like in my dad’s truck or down into it like my mom’s car. Unfortunately that didn’t work out because the vehicle was already promised to another media person all the way in Nashville BUT they said I could test drive a different vehicle during the time my grandmother would be in town.
I think this is a great vehicle for a big family or even for elderly people who hang out with their friends a lot and never have room in their compact cars for everyone to go together. It also makes a great vehicles if you are on the road traveling a lot and need to bring a bunch of stuff with you for presentations or for dog shows or if you just like to travel and pack heavy. It drives well on both the highway and city roads and for its size does a good job being eco friendly with gasoline which is great for your pocketbook and for the environment because lets face it a big family needs a big vehicle to get around in. Even though I really didn’t need to stop at the gas station we did and put 5 gallons in just to make sure I would make it through the rest of the week without running out because I do a lot of driving around for my current job. The dog in the picture below apparently hangs out at the gas station by my parents because it is more exciting then his own home and never approaches anyone that is until I got out of the car it came right up to me and let me pet it and take a few pictures.
Aside from the use of the vehicle and not needing to fill the gas tank up before they come and collect it I have not been compensated in any way by Mitsubishi or their PR company that handles the Press Cars for any of the posts that appear in this series. I also am under no obligation to post once a day I just figured that if I get to really expirience the vehicle and have an adventure with it you all would like to come along for the ride.