2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Carpool Lane Navigation
May 03, 2011
The navigation system in our 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a neat feature I've rarely, if ever, seen before. When selecting a route, it asks if you'll be using the HOV lane, otherwise known as the carpool lane. They call it Diamond Lane Guide but, like all things Mitsubishi, the "Diamond" is a symbol, a one-third chunk of the Mitsubishi diamond-star logo.
This is pretty mega around here because a freeway intersection like the 91 east to the 5 south shown above is a right lane exit if you're in the regular lanes but it's a left lane exit if you've told the nav system you qualify for carpool lanes. This is not a permanent setting, either--it's pretty easy to change the HOV status once you've dropped off your carpool buddy.
Most other systems would direct anyone and everyone at this point to the right lane to take 5 south, which isn't the right way to go if you're rocking the HOV lane. Trust me, no one benefits when tourists knife across 4 lanes of traffic needlessly on their way to Disneyland.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,629 miles