Last month, I headed to Vegas with Brian and the girls for the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. It’s about a 3-hour drive for us (well, closer to 4 hours with the kids – lots of potty breaks), so I was very excited that we got to drive a Mitsubishi Outlander GT. There’s no better way to get to know a car than through a road trip.
I was busy getting the girls ready, so I asked Brian to install the car seats. He was unable to get Zoë’s car seat installed safely in the seat on the passenger’s side. Since her car seat must be installed using the seat belt, he was unable to get it in securely because of how the belt buckle is positioned.
It installed fine on the driver’s side though, so be aware of that if you have a car seat that is installed with a seat belt. Kaylee’s car seat went in fine on the passenger’s side (we still use the Latch system for her seat).
It took a few minutes to get used to driving the Mitsubishi Outlander GT because it was constantly beeping at me and I wasn’t sure why. After driving it for a while, we realized how amazing the safety system is in this vehicle though!
The Lane Departure Warning system beeps when it senses you moving out of your lane. There was one corner through town where I was perfectly in the lane, but it would beep at me every time. Other than that, it only beeped when I would get close to going into another lane. That’s a really great feature for long road trips.
Even cooler than that feature are the Forward Collision Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control Systems. You know how when you’re cruising happily down the freeway using your cruise control and you come upon a car that is going very slow? You have to disengage the cruise control using your brakes.
Not in the Mitsubishi Outlander GT. The Forward Collision Mitigation senses the car in front of you and automatically shuts off the cruise control. If you change lanes and there is no car in front of you, the cruise control automatically re-engages (as long as you never manually disengaged it using the brakes or controls)!
I absolutely love this feature because it makes me feel so much safer driving my family on the highway! I would love to see safety features like these in all cars.
The fuel economy is pretty good for a SUV with an all wheel control 4-wheel drive system. It gets 20 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, for an average of 23 MPG. It has the Eco Mode feature to help you ensure you're driving to get the best gas mileage possible, too. The dash lets you know your average gas mileage for each trip so you can really see how you're doing.
At first I didn’t even realize it had a 3rd row. I was really surprised that it did because it’s a smaller SUV, but I was really excited when I discovered the 3rd row. That would really come in handy for us because we often like to drive for Zoë’s school’s field trips.
Third row seats folded down:
Third row seats folded up:
The driver’s seat was also very comfortable the entire drive.
I really enjoyed driving the Mitsubishi Outlander GT, and it goes on the list of vehicles I’d be happy to own.