My husband’s family has not been on a destination family vacation in over a decade – which means I’ve never been on one with them. So you can imagine how excited I was when I finally talked them into coming to Orlando , FL, my home away from home, for vacation this year. We couldn’t wait to take on Universal Orlando, Blue Man Group, Dinner Shows and more and to transport our large family around this week we would using the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander.
I have never driven a Mitsubishi before so I was interested to see what the brand and the car had to offer. In short, I found the Outlander to be highly safety centric, loaded with technology and surprisingly spacious. Over the course of the week, I became an ‘expert’ as my family (all but one of whom are at driving age) quizzed me on the numerous features of the Outlander. This led to a very informal poll concerning the best features of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander:
ECO Drive Assist Mode
The Mitsubishi Outlander features an ECO Drive Assist Mode that aims to maximize efficiency in a variety of ways. First, it reduces engine power when accelerating. NOTE: I had no problems with ECO assist in city driving, but it’s not recommend for the highway. Secondly, it adjusts the output of the air conditioner to be more energy efficient. Lastly, it creates driver awareness, thanks to a cute little plant displaying 5 leaves. The more green the leaves, the more efficient you are driving – ie, no sudden accelerations, hard breaking or speed fluctuations.
Sadly, we don’t have a system where cars can drive themselves … yet. However Adaptive Cruise Control almost makes it feel that way. Thanks to ACC, the Outlander is able to maintain a safe distance between itself and the vehicle in front of it via a front-grill mounted radar sensor. Unlike other cars I’ve driven with this feature, the Outlander gives you the ability to choose between three settings, or distances. I found this feature to be particularly helpful in a highway driving where closer distances and faster rates of speed are common. On backroads, I adjusted the setting to allow more distance.
Rear View Backup Camera
I will *never* be able to purchase a car that doesn’t have this again. Which is funny because I laughed at the absurdity of rear view backup cameras when I first encountered them. But they have proven to be helpful in a variety of situations including parking garages, tight driveways and bicycles underfoot.
3rd Row Seating and Storage
- 2 Floor center console box with armrest and cup holders
- Instrument panel lower-center storage
- 4 Door trim pockets with bottle holder
- A Glovebox
- Pocket tissue and pen holder
- Rear seat center armrest with cup holders
- 3rd-row cup holder and storage space
- Underfloor cargo area storage
- 4 Cargo tie-down utility hooks (x4)
- And Coat Hangers
The Tech Package
I love the ability for handsfree driving through bluetooth capabilities. In addition to being able to sync my phone, I could also control the cruise control, volume and radio channels. Additionally the MMCS Navigation system is displayed on a 7″ high definition touch panel with voice command, point-of-interest information and real-time traffic – which we used to our advantage during many infamous Orlando traffic jams. It also has the means to charge your devices with USB outlets and (2) 12 volt accessory chargers.
I could go on all day listing more features we loved like 27 mpg combined, FAST-Key passive entry, heated seats and more. But as a mom I want to cover one last, personal favorite. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is winner of two great awards that speaks highly of it’s value. First, the Outlander received a 2014 5-Year Cost to Own Award from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com – which considers depreciation and costs such as fuel and insurance.
A big thank you to Mitsubishi and Drive STI for loaning the Outlander to our family. All opinions are my own.