December 3rd, 2012 by Charis Michelsen
Hi, I’m Charis Michelsen. I write about cars (among other important things). This week, I’ve got a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to play with. I was told first that it’s super cute, and second that it’s good on gas (somebody has noticed what I pay attention to here…). It’s definitely cute, and I’m still testing many other things!
Day 3, 3:01pm
I feel like I’m 16 again, incredibly gleeful at sitting higher than half the other vehicles on the road. However, unlike my experience at 16, I think that walking away from a side collision in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport would be more of a matter of good car design than pure dumb luck. (Not that I plan on crashing, but then again, nobody does.)
Day 3, 10:30pm
The car has just warned me of possible icy roads. This is incredibly handy, but it is also telling me that it’s 37 degrees out, so I think the chances of ice are probably fairly low.
Day 4, 11:32am
Time to test the GPS! You know how I love using the GPS. I’m pretty sure the Outlander Sport is using the same GPS system that the i-MiEV used, which means I expect it to be overly optimistic on length of time to get somewhere and also to not incorporate traffic. And then this happened:
At which point I told the GPS that I was not going to be turning left and it could go and screw itself (not that the GPS can hear me, okay). But it turns out the GPS is actually not on all sorts of crack. The town of Elmhurst is the one that’s all weird, because two blocks of the main road are north-bound only:
Day 4, 11:49am
Let me tell you again how awesome the sound system is. I’ve got both windows wide open as I’m going down the tollway at 70+, because this is not December weather and I’ve been running around in a T-shirt and jeans all day. The sound system is loud and clear enough to drown out the wind without getting all shaky. (This is probably horrible for my ears, but I’m too pleased to care at the moment.)
Kids, don’t do this while you’re driving down the interstate.
Combining the GPS and the sound system, by the way – the navigation system only blocks out the speaker closest to the driver when giving its voice instructions. It is possible to have the music loud enough to drown out said instructions. On the other hand, it’s pretty obvious that something has changed (even if you can’t make out what the voice is actually saying), and then you can just look at the touch screen.
Day 4, 11:53am
I have figured out how to open the panoramic sun roof! This is another thing I really, really like about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The entire roof rolls back. This is fantastic.
Day 4, 11:59am
I have yet to look down and find myself accidentally driving over 80mph (which happens to me a lot), which I like. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport happily and effortlessly accelerates up to around 75, which I absolutely love.
It does go right along above 80, but you have to push the gas down a bit harder. And oh, that’s a cop car up there. Let’s slow back down again. The brakes, by the way, work well for more, um, sudden stopping.
Day 4, 7:07pm
Which seems like an excellent way to entertain passengers, unless…
From a safety point of view, I concur. From the point of view of someone who wants to make the potential kid in the front seat stop asking if we’re there yet (not likely for me, but it happens to other people all the time!), I want the video to keep going.
Day 4, 7:38pm
Testing the steering wheel controls for answering the phone do not go well when the other phone used for testing is also in the car. The steering wheel controls work great, the car will tell you what button to press to answer the call, etc. The piercingly loud feedback is less awesome (to be fair, this is not Mitsubishi’s fault, this is a matter of physics).
Day 4, 7:44pm
Something I noticed while driving last night and the night before – the headlights seem to cut off very abruptly. I don’t know if that’s a peculiarity of this particular car (hey, it’s the press loaner car, it goes around to a lot of people, maybe someone whacked the front end?), but I feel less than safe driving in areas that are not well lit.
Final note of the day: music can also be played via your Bluetooth device – you can’t use the touch screen to start the music, but you can poke around whatever device you’ve got via the touch screen once you’ve gotten it going:
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