This post is in collaboration with Mitsubishi and Drive Shop. All opinions are honest and my own.
A few weeks ago we traveled to Pismo Beach as a family. I had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander on our road trip. This was my first vehicle to test drive and it was so much fun.
When it comes to reviewing cars I’m writing from a mom’s perspective. I know when I research cars I want to learn more about the functionality of the car rather than the stats. Don’t get me wrong I want to know about gas mileage, but I also want to know how well car seats fit, cupholders, electronic plug-ins, and more practical information.
The Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC was the perfect car for our road trip. We were able to bring everything we needed and still ride comfortably. This car seats 7! Yes, seven!
The 3rd row seats two people. However, it is a better fit for small children rather than adults. The legroom is much shorter than the 2nd row. We ended up folding the third row down for more cargo space – which was spacious.
There was so much space for everything we needed! We even fit our giant jogging stroller with ease. The boys had space for all of their road trip necessities in between their car seats and they each could bring a suitcase.
Oh, and this baby has a power lift gate! A must have for mamas!
There is also a cargo compartment that is perfect to store things you don’t want to be seen. Or if you’re like me you put your reusable bags in there so they aren’t floating around in the car. It’s also where you put the 3rd row headrests when not in use.
This particular model had a sunroof which always makes me happy. I’ve always had a sunroof and not having one in my current model has definitely been noticeable. I love feeling the sun shining from up above.
Driving the Mitsubishi Outlander was a smooth ride. I’ve never driven alone with the kids for 5 hours so this was kind of the ultimate car test.
The 6.1 inch touchscreen display was easy to view, easy to use, and opens up to reveal where to put your CDs. It gives a very sleek look! It also comes with a rearview camera which is life. I have no idea how I survived without one!
This model came equipped with navigation. I would recommend getting comfortable with the navigation system before going somewhere. Personally, I had to practice a couple times before I got it down. Once you do it’s easy to use.
There are two cupholders easily reached while driving. There’s nothing worse than awkwardly reaching for your water bottle or coffee. There are also cup holders for the 2nd and 3rd row.
The seat warmer switch is also located on the console between the two front seats. Having a seat warmer is huge when it comes to those chilly rides.
You can also press the S-AWC button for Super All Wheel Drive when you need it.
The rear view mirrors automatically close when you turn off and lock your car. I thought that was so cool! Other great driving features include the forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning.
Let’s talk chargers. That’s what I always look for. I need to be able to charge my phone easily at all times. There are two 12v outlets in this car. One up front and one inside the center console with a USB port. I wish there was one in the back as well for easy charging in the back seat. Having charging ports is key when you road trip with kids.
The 2nd row has 60/40 split folding with independent slide and reclining adjusters. So cool!
My kids loved this Mitsubishi Outlander. Damian shouted “this car is awesome!” the second he sat in it.
The coconuts and I had so much fun on our road trip to Pismo Beach in our Mitsubishi Outlander!
This model of the Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $30,995, but this particular model is $35,195 with all the wonderful added equipment.
What are your favorite features? What do you look for in a car?