Last month, me and my girls (Fio & Mina) had the opportunity to take this sweet ride down to Miami, FL. for Hispanicize ’15! In the post I’ll talk about the Mitsubishi Outlander, but also show pictures and video clips of where it took us! 🙂
I’m super into History and love planes, so let’s get down to business. Mitsubishi is bad ass. During The Pacific War, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero gave us a run for our money. Our best model at the time was the Curtiss P-40, which was extremely inferior to the Zero. The Zero was light, agile, and had a range of 1,265 miles on internal fuel. If the aircraft had an under fuselage drop tank, the mileage could be extended to 1,930 miles, which made the Mitsubishi A6M Zero the world’s first long range escort fighter.
I’ve always thought highly of Mitsubishi. We had a Mitsubishi Galant when I was a little girl. The memories that stick out the most was the smooth ride and how sleek it looked.
Before our trip to Miami, we were asked what key features were the most important to us.
1. Good Gas Mileage
4. Pretty (duh!)
And got hooked up with a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
4 cyl, 2.0 L, automatic, Regular Gasoline
Mitsubishi’s long heritage of innovation, performance and reliability has earned 4 consecutive World Rally Championship titles, 12 Dakar victories and the recent 1st and 2nd place finish at the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the highly competitive Electric Vehicle Division. Mitsubishi brings this same performance at a great value to the consumer they can enjoy on the street everyday.
Features that I loved:
Key FOB: Fast Key Passive Entry and Push to Start
Rear back up camera with 7.1 inch screen standard on SE models.
The Rockford Fosgate– premium sound system pumps to 710 watts through nine speakers-including a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control (delivers deep, rich bass and crystal-clear highs)
7 airbags strategically placed to offer the maximum amount of protective coverage in case of impact. There are front driver and passenger, seat mounted side, side curtain, and driver’s knee airbags.
This car has a lot of what you need in a compact crossover, and none of what you don’t. The rear cargo area is surprisingly spacious, yet allows for adequate legroom for your rear passengers. Of course, if you need to haul something larger, the rear seats do fold flat.
Uhh, one more time. The available Rockford Fosgate 10″ dual-voice coil subwoofer kicks out incredible bass.
I packed a suitcase, my laptop bag, and a beach bag full of random necessities. When I picked up Fio, I was worried because she too packed a suitcase and basically the same things as me. Mina is really tiny, but mentioned she was only bringing two weekender bags. We barely fit all of our things into the crossover.
If you know me and my girls, you know that time management isn’t our best quality. The three of us are working on it. We started our road trip about an hour late, but had to run a quick errand in Kissimmee. That quick errand turned into 2 hours in Kissimmee.
When it was finally time to hit the highway, we had our favorite Sirius XM radio station on, bags of Cheetos and an abundance of chocolate. All was right in the world.
We were about an hour away from Miami when the dashboard told us to refuel, that we would run out of gas in 35 miles. Cool. We pulled into the rest stop to pump gas and realized we didn’t know how to open up the gas tank. Naturally, we pushed every button we saw, pulled whatever could be pulled. I don’t suggest our approach. Finally, I asked a road ranger to help. The gas tank lever was on the floor, which was black, just like the car floor and not where the lever is on our cars.
After our first challenge, we jumped back on the highway. About a mile later, we heard weird noises. Fio yelled “THE HOOD IS OPEN. THE CAR IS TELLING ME TO CLOSE THE HOOD!”. Okay, Challenge No. 2 accepted. Seriously, we were all the way on the left lane and freaking out. The hood was going up an down. This is what we get for pushing every button and pulling every lever.
Wutang and Annie ain’t nothin’ to mess with!
We made it to the side of the road safely. Team effort. We fixed it.
I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. We were only three hours into our road trip. This was going to be a very long, yet comical week.
On our first day, we had to register for Hispanicize. Check in, get our badges and swag bags. That process went by pretty quick, so we went out for a late lunch and ate our weight in Peruvian ceviche and arroz con mariscos. It was SO delicious but bad move on my part. The dress that I brought to the award show that night was extremely tight.
It was time to get ready for the TECLA Awards. We changed and did our makeup in the Mitsubishi Outlander. Let me tell you, that bad boy is pretty spacious when you don’t have the luggage of three women in it! We did many outfit changes and beautified ourselves in that vehicle. Our own mobile dressing room. No shame whatsoever.
Oh, hello Chino y Nacho!
I looooooove when their songs come on the radio when I sit in traffic. They make me so happy!
Because of the many delicious meals that Hispanicize fed us, we needed other clothing options for the after parties and award shows through out the week.
Parked in Downtown Miami to shop for new dresses
Not only did we go to Hispanicize, but Miss Mina Slater worked on her very own Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick with Ofra Cosmetics in Pompano Beach, FL.
We are so happy for our girl and felt blessed to be part of her big day.
And on our last day, we enjoyed Cuban food. I mean, it’s Miami..
Fio’s Pan con Bistec.
My Lechon Asado.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport brought us to our destination every day where we got to mingle with amazing people.
My quick run down/ final thoughts:
I’m used to driving 6 and 8 cylinder cars. Because of this, I felt that this was a bit short on acceleration. The pick up is not what I’m used to. I will say that compared to other 4 cylinder cars, this wasn’t too bad. The trade off is a highly-efficient 4 cylinder with great gas mileage, which I wanted, but I missed the performance of a 6 cylinder +.
Another thing that I wasn’t crazy about were the featured Paddle Shifters. I just think they’re unnecessary on a 4 cylinder because the original intent is for race cars to shift through the gears easier.
Even though I think this vehicle is spacious for every day life, I don’t feel that it’s comfortable if you’re a family and road trip often.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a fantastic instrument panel with easy access to all the electronic controls from cruise control to audio function. It was easy for us to pair all of our devices. The Crossover felt very light and had great suspensions. For the price, I was pleasantly surprised with the total features this vehicle came with.
At the end of the day, the three of us loved driving the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport! 🙂
My amazing parking skills
Thank you Mitsubishi, Ofra Cosmetics, Miss Sarita Gramlito, Hispanicize and last but not least Mina and Fiorella for making this trip memorable and so much fun!
Mitsubishi was kind enough to let me check out their vehicle. As usual, I promise to give my honest opinion.