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road tripping in the mitsubishi outlander sport

Mitsubishi Outlander Arizona

Because the last time I reviewed the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in 2013, I stayed close to home, I decided this time I needed to take it on a real road trip. After all, the definition of “outlander” is “a foreigner, a stranger.” It seemed like the perfect car for Sara and me to drive on our mother/daughter spa week in Arizona — a state only an hour and a half flight away yet, in so many ways, the equivalent of another planet.

Thanks to the Outlander Sport, though, we felt right at home. Here are some of the ways it made us feel like we belonged:

* It had room for our favorite things

Mitsubishi Outlander cargo

You know how you always feel better when you’re surrounded by your own beloved possessions? Well, the Outlander Sport had a ton of room for all our stuff. Even though we ended up living in spa robes most of the week, we had overpacked — as usual — but had no problem fitting our bags in the cargo. We were also able to bring along all the snacks and water the hotels so graciously sent us off with — we were going through the desert, you know — including a couple of pretty glass bottles that remained in one piece throughout our trip.

* It helped us keep our cool

Phoenician 106 degrees

Okay, I know we’ve turned into weather wimps since we moved to San Diego but 106 degrees???? Really??? And look at the rest of the week! The iPad on our desk at the Phoenician gave us up to date weather reports so we made sure to keep the air conditioning on high in the car so we didn’t pass out. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for it to cool in there. Keeping cool and collected in the Outlander Sport during an Arizona summer? No sweat.

* It always fits in

Mitsubishi Outlander Fairmont Scottsdale

See how nice the Outlander Sport looks with the cacti in the background in that top photo? And see how nice it looks in this picture in front of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess? I love that it’s appropriate pretty much anywhere and has the flexibility for driving wherever you want to go.

* It drives smoothly

Mitsubishi Outlander windshield

Whether we were in the mountains, the desert, on the freeway or the side streets, the Outlander Sport handled well and provided an easy, smooth ride. It’s not too big or too small, and it made the drive so pleasant. Plus, we made it to three spas without having to stop for gas.

* It sounds good

Mitsubishi Outlander radio

Sara and I always argue over whose music we’re going to play in the car and she usually wins because I have to admit I learn about great new songs and artists from her. Thanks to her, I put “Royals” and “Wake Me Up” on my iPod months before Lorde and Avici became household names. On this trip, we were able to plug in her phone and my iPod and, when we wanted a change, we got great reception on the satellite radio. My favorite moment: singing the Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” together as we drove through miles of just that.

Unfortunately, music wasn’t the only thing we used our phone for during our trip. I’ve mentioned the unreliable Mitsubishi navigation system before and, although we happily gave it another chance, I hate to report that it failed us again.

Thank goodness the concierge at the Phoenician had told us that the drive to Enchantment in Sedona would be about two hours because when we plugged the hotel into the GPS, we got this:

Mitsubishi Outlander GPS

That made no sense to us so we assumed we made a mistake, and typed in the address just in case it was the wrong Enchantment.

When it still said four hours, we turned to Google Maps.

Directions to Enchantment

Now, this is a problem for obvious reasons. If we hadn’t known how long the trip should take, I can’t imagine where we would have ended up four hours later. And using Google Maps eats up data fast so we had to take screenshots of the directions so we could turn it off.

This is where the Outlander Sport’s name sadly becomes appropriate. If we had followed the navigation system, we really could have been strangers in a strange land.

But it all worked out and we had a great trip. As we approached the Red Rocks of Sedona in this beautiful part of America, Woody Guthrie came on the radio and all I could think was that, other than the GPS, this Outlander Sport was made for you and me.

Mitsubishi Outlander view


  1. You wrote a great review and I think you also had a ton of fun while test driving the Mitsubishi Outlander. I love how modern it looks.

  2. What a cool looking car! I will pass this on to my sister, she is in the market for a new car.

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That sounds like an awesome road trip car! Mitsubishi is a great line.

  4. Sounds fabulous! The spa doesn’t sound so bad either!

  5. LOVE your honest car reviews! We are not in the market for a car thankfully but I do appreciate an honest review.

  6. They make a really good car. I do like the honesty a lot!

  7. Now that is one fantastic looking car, I love all the accessories it has! x

  8. Catherine S says:

    This looks like a great vehicle. It has a lot of room for a road trip. Mitsubishi makes some great cars.

  9. This looks like a nice car if you like Mitsubishi. Glad you had a good time.

  10. This looks like a seriously great car. I love the style of it. Too bad the GPS system didn’t work well.

  11. This looks like a great car with lots of room and some great features. I can see why it would be great for a road trip!

  12. Looks like a pretty amazing car. Perfect for the whole family and more.

  13. Looks like a great car and I really like the white exterior. Seems like it was a good ride.

  14. I used to own a Mitsubishi Montero Sport and loved it. I would love a test drive of this one

  15. The Mitsubishi Outlander is such a spacious car. It is perfect for mid-size families.

  16. I think the best part of this was your mother/daughter trip! And I loved the photos.

  17. Love how real a review this was. I hope you had a wonderful mother/daughter trip. I’ve been to Enchantments and it was fantastic.

  18. Paula Schuck says:

    The Outlander Sport looks like a great vehicle. I have been looking for a new car. I will have to take one for a test drive.

  19. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    The Outlander Sport looks like a great road trip vehicle. I love the big display and all the room there is inside.

  20. I have always preferred SUVs over other types. I love the roomy interior of the Outlander, however it was sad that their navigation system was not that good. If I were to go for design and space, I’d love to have a Mitsubishi Outlander.

  21. What a great review! Such a great looking car. Looks like it would be a great car of us to have to if and when we get our licenses!

  22. I’ll have to look into that car. I’m int he market now and really need an upgrade from what I have.

  23. I have always been a fan of the Outlander. It has so much space without being too big of a vehicle.

  24. That looks like a car that would get great gas mileage. Very cute!

  25. Mitsubishi Outlander looks absolutely stylish & awesome. I love all these great features it has & I am sure it could be a great option for a family trip.

  26. I hate it when my GPS lets me down. I am a dork with my electronic stuff to begin with…I vote they give you the car, really good review. I want one!!

  27. This sounds like an awesome car. Awesome review by the way.

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