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I was loaned this Mitsubishi Outlander to test drive. All opinions are entirely my own. #DriveMitsubishi
I’m not a big vehicle-smart person – I don’t live for cars or get googly eyed when a really nice sports car races past. I am, however, picky with the ones I choose to drive. I know what I like! I’ve always been a fan of crossovers, but when our family grew to 6 members I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to really use one. Now I’m totally stoked because A Crossover that Seats 7 Does Exist: the Mitsubishi Outlander!
The amazing staff at DriveShop USA hooked me up with one to test drive during our recent Utah visit, and I’ll admit it was really hard giving it back! It’s got the ‘non-bubbly’, sleek look I really find attractive in cars, and once I drove it really came to enjoy all the features such as the ECO Mode, the tracker that gives you an estimate of how many miles are left in your tank based on your current average mileage, and the temperature controls that worked front and back individually OR together were fantastic!
It did take me awhile to get use to the satellite radio, but that’s just because I’m use to an older vehicle that’s a little behind in technology. In our family’s van, my phone often overheats because there’s not really a place to put it out of the sun – but the Outlander has a perfect little spot under the dash (photo above) to keep it out of the direct heat!
After getting use to the smooth driving, my van seems quite shaky with lots of road noise coming in. Plus my speakers are pretty shot, so the Outlander’s sound system was a big step up. One feature I’m INSISTING in whatever vehicle we buy next for our family is the rear camera for backing up – brilliant and so helpful!
My kids, and extended family we were visiting, fell in love with this vehicle, too! If you follow me on social media you probably saw us take it everywhere, like for our girl’s lunch…
…and there were plenty of cup holders for us to nab some drinks!
So how does the Mitsubishi Outlander seat 7? You’ve got the 2 up front, then a middle row of 3 (and the middle in there can pull down for an arm-rest and cup-holder). In the back you start with a huge trunk area…..then just pull up on the straps and lock one seat in place, then another! So you can do both, or keep some extra storage space and just do a single seat back there. The head rests are stored neatly under the back trunk area…
Here’s how easy it is to pop them up and back down!
One drawback to having all the seats is it limits the amount of trunk/storage space you have. Adults couldn’t fit in the very back, but kids are fine with the little leg room. This wouldn’t work for our family on a big trip or anything where we needed to bring quite a bit of stuff, but around town – even a grocery trip – would be just great.
One thing that I really didn’t like at all about the Outlander was the driver’s seat headrest. If you have the seat back in the perfect position for driving, the headrest sticks out further, pushing your head forward a little from your back. It wasn’t as big of a deal part of the time – but if I had a ponytail it was really annoying, and driving too long like that would’ve made quite a sore neck.
That was really the only really unlikable thing about this vehicle! While I couldn’t have this in place of our van because we still need storage on long trips, the Mitsubishi Outlander is definitely on my list if/when we replace our car (plus the gas mileage is about the same as the car anyway!)
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