Mitsu pushed my buttons

Written by on November 28, 2013 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 22 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski 2013 Outlander GTWho doesn’t have a soft spot for an automaker who shares their name with an 80s Quebecois poptart? I’m talking about none other than Mitsubishi, affectionately known as Mitsu. Remember “Bye Bye Mon Cowboy?” And you thought you were hip, listening to Rick Astley.

Fast forward to 2013, when the current Mitsubishi Outlander GT not only packs a 227 horsepower engine, but a mittful of active safety features. When I heard it had adaptive cruise control, I just had to check it out. And it did not disappoint.

Sauntering along the 401, I set the cruise control to a comfortable speed – plus the number of car lengths I wanted between myself and the vehicle in front of me. Then, I turned on the radio, surfing through the way cool channels. (No Quebecois disco stations – that might have been too much fun.)

I should mention here that the radio on the centre stack of my 2013 Outlander GT featured actual buttons – real knobs, that you can turn with your fingers instead of having to blindly grope along a touchscreen somewhere outside your comfort zone.  Okay, there were controls on the steering wheel as well, but still. Buttons and knobs. How they warmed my 80s heart. Buttons

Although my feet sat sentinel by the gas and brake pedals, thanks to the adaptive cruise control, they could slack off. The Outlander slowed down all by itself when the car in front slowed down, and then sped up accordingly. Traffic ebbs and flows at the best of times on the 401, and the adaptive cruise control got quite a workout. It saved the day even when a loutish truck cut me off at an exit ramp. The Outlander braked smoothly, keeping a good two cars’ distance between us. To say it felt otherworldly and surreal is an understatement. More like the vehicle had been possessed by some highly trained motoring extraterrestrial. Almost in a trance, I watched the speedometer needle go up – and down.

On top of which, the lane departure warning kicked in with a sharp beep, if I dared wander out of my lane without using the turn signal. It was not unlike having my mother riding shotgun. The dash even warned me if there was likely to be ice or snow! What was next – a scolding to button up my overcoat?!

Oh, the handy gadgets on this machine. The rear liftgate opened automatically, and from quite a distance. If I’d wanted to squire an extra half dozen people around to show off the adaptive cruise control and other fun features, I could have just flipped up an extra two seats in the back.

Now, the Mitsu had a forward collision mitigation feature that I didn’t really want to test. This causes the car to brake completely if it gets too close to another vehicle in front. Not that I didn’t trust the Badgesystem, which was obedient to a fault – I just didn’t want to push my luck.

Otherwise, the Outlander was a hoot and a half. Cruising around town with the radio on Siriusly Sinatra, schlepping groceries and swag to my heart’s delight, and, best of all, an Eco mode to save on fuel. I averaged about 8 L/100 km, which was pretty decent for a moderately sized SUV with a six banger. Furthermore, it was comfy, and as peppy and attentive as a cocker spaniel.

We took one last swing down the 401, and I wistfully engaged the adaptive cruise control one more time, letting the Mitsu do all the work.

Bye bye, mon cowboy.

Bye bye, Mitsu.

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22 Comments on "Mitsu pushed my buttons"

  1. Susan Cooper December 3, 2013 at 5:12 am · Reply

    Cute Cute Cute… I love this car. It is sporty and small and love the automatic lift hatch. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Susan! It is pretty cute, and packs a lot of features into a smallish package. I had the top of the line model, so it was extra fun. The lift hatch made me giggle, can you tell?

  2. Cassi December 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm · Reply

    I agree that knobs and buttons are better for the radio. You can feel that you’re touching the right things so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm · Reply

      Absolutely! Although there were audio controls on the steering wheel, it still somehow feels more organic to twiddle those buttons. Cassi, I guess you and I are just kinda old-school about these things. Although I do love the touch screen for other tricks, like navigation, I need a knob to turn up the volume!

  3. Debra Yearwood December 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Reply

    I’ve missed your posts Krystyna. Never knew I was a car girl until I came across your blog. 🙂 As to this car, this looks like lots of fun. I like the idea of driving a car that’s also thinking about my convenience and safety.

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm · Reply

      Aw, Debra! Welcome to the car girl club, we’re happy to have you. You’d have fun with this little ride, it had so many clever little gadgets. And I predict that in five years or so, almost every car will have some version of these safety features. Remember when only expensive cars had air conditioning? : ))

  4. Niekka McDonald December 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm · Reply

    It is so cute and a perfect size. I wouldn’t have even of looked at the Outlander until now. I think I like that it will brake if you get to close to another car and that it slows down if the car in front slows down. That too me is amazing. That’s for the review I’m budgeting for a new car this year and this is on my list now.

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 6, 2013 at 3:02 am · Reply

      Some of the technology in cars now seems right out of science fiction! It’s especially cool when the car slows down all on its own. Not many people consider Mitsubishi, but their dealer network is pretty healthy and their cars are very good value.

  5. Valerie Remy Milora December 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm · Reply

    This car sounds like a dream! I would LOVE the adaptive cruise control! I’ve dreamed of something like that for years and to know it actually does exactly what it is supposed to do is fabulous. We are a very active family of five and drive an SUV that is getting a little “old”.. so we just might have to go test drive the Mitsubishi Outlander 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 6, 2013 at 2:57 am · Reply

      It’s certainly worth checking out the Outlander – but bear in mind the adaptive cruise control feature is only available on the high end model. Your “very active family of five” would have no trouble fitting in, as there are two extra seats for a total of seven! You’ll enjoy the test drive, I’m sure.

  6. Patricia Weber December 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm · Reply

    Sounds like a terrific car. I love the feel and touch of knobs and buttons. Sometimes in my daily driver, Lexus, I miss all that with the GPS. Adaptive cruise control is awesome. Sounds like some delightful driving. Thanks.

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 6, 2013 at 2:59 am · Reply

      it certainly was comforting to have those knobs there at my fingertips, along with the touch screen and fancy gadgets. Sometimes you need to balance all that high-tech with a little old school, I think.

  7. Jeri December 5, 2013 at 3:26 am · Reply

    We’re thinking about trading in our Ford Escape, so I’m guessing I’ll be test-driving one of this by the end of the month.

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 6, 2013 at 3:00 am · Reply

      You’ve got lots of choices in the small-SUV category, Jeri! And now is a great time of year to buy a car as dealers are anxious to sell by year-end. Good luck to you.

  8. Arleen December 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Reply

    I can’t say enough how wonderful the automatic hatch is in an suv. My car has it and I am very spoiled.Some of the new gadgets need techs to operate. I love my SUV but this one seems to be interesting.

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm · Reply

      I found myself looking for excuses to open the Outlander’s hatch, standing as far away as possible. What can I say, I need a life. And I think there’s a profitable enterprise awaiting someone – tutorials in car technology. It’s hard to grasp everything in the short week I have these vehicles!

  9. Mark Brody December 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm · Reply

    Within the next year, I may be in the market for a new vehicle. This one looks like one that is exactly what I am looking for since I have two boys that will be in college over the next three years. I know that I will be making longer trips schlepping stuff to them.

    Great post! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm · Reply

      Mark, this is quite an affordable vehicle, especially considering everything that it offers. I had the top of the line, mind you, so that makes a different. Also I like the Mitsubishi warranty – 100,000 clicks or 10 years. It’s pretty impressive. Your boys may be wanting to borrow it on their time at home, as it’s quite peppy!

  10. Becc December 9, 2013 at 12:23 am · Reply

    It sounds like you had a great time trying this car out. I’d be happy to test drive a top of the line one 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 17, 2013 at 2:59 am · Reply

      You know, there’s such a difference between entry level and top of the line. Although the way technology is developing, the items and components that are now available only on high end cars will eventually be available on all cars. Remember when heated seats were a big deal? Now they’re everywhere!

  11. Krystle Cook December 12, 2013 at 2:14 am · Reply

    I know it’s an SVU but it kind of looks like a van to me for some reason.

    • Krystyna Lagowski December 17, 2013 at 3:01 am · Reply

      I think it just may be the angle, Krystle. Although it can function as a seven-seater, so that may be why as well – it’s a quite generously proportioned. Still, it drives like a large car, and quite pleasantly so.

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