I find the Crossover category of cars to be a really neat idea. You get the feel of a SUV, with more of the economy of a car. I have driven a few of them, and I recently had the opportunity to drive a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for the first time.
It is an entry level Crossover, but after driving it, I think it would be perfect for a mom living in the city, who wants more space that she can get with a standard car, but just can’t justify the size and expense of a full size SUV.
The first thing I do when I drive a new car is to install car seats, of course. Overall, the car seats were pretty easy to install. Getting the top tethers to latch was a bit of a challenge, but other than that, they went in easy. And since the headrests in the backseat are removable, I was able to get them flush against the seat.
At first glance, the backseat did appear to be pretty small. I was worried about legroom, but the small appearance was deceiving. The girls fit just fine in the backseat. While Zoë likes to sit cross legged you can see how much room there is between Kaylee's legs and the driver's seat.
There wasn’t a running board or anything alongside the Outlander, so Kaylee (age 3) did have a little trouble getting out of the car on her own. It was fine for Zoë though.
The trunk, while not huge, also holds quite a bit. In addition to this big cooler (which was full of organic meat from Costco), I was also able to fit 200 pounds of non-GMO chicken feed in there as well. The last 40-pound bag had to go in the backseat, but I probably could have fit 3 more bags on the floor of the backseat without the girls’ feet even touching them. I was surprised by how much I was able to fit in the Outlander.
On average, I found that I got around 25-26 miles per gallon in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It was almost half of that going up the mountain with all of the chicken feed though (not surprising). Even with all of the extra weight, it had plenty of power to make it up the mountain with no problems.
The car also had a really great turn radius. It would be super easy to parallel park if you live in the city and parking is limited.
The GPS was your standard GPS, but it was current and got me to my destination. I hear the late 2013 models have an upgraded GPS with more features, though (the Outlander I drove was an early 2013 model).
I think my absolute favorite thing about this crossover is the keyless entry. As long as you have the keys on you (they stay latched in my purse), you can lock and unlock the car with the push of a button on the door handle. The car also starts and shuts off with a push button – no key needed. I saved so much time not having to dig through my purse for the keys!
While I’m not sure the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport would be the best vehicle for our lifestyle, I would recommend it for city dwelling families who are looking for that combination of economy and space.