2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Random Trip Notes
November 28, 2011
Having wrapped up our L.A. to Monterey road trip, we have just a few more notes on the Mitsu and the trip itself.
-- On the sparsely populated, unlit mountain roads the standard xenon headlights were much appreciated as they cast a powerful, wide swath of light with a well-defined cut-off.
-- We averaged a respectable 24.8 mpg over 818 miles of mostly highway driving.
-- The nav system needs to mute the stereo more when it gives voice prompts. Sometimes it was as if Lady Monotone was trying to rap along with the music. And yes, we had the prompts volume set high enough.
-- Another high-tech bugaboo is that when you're using the Bluetooth phone hook-up, there's a low but still annoying fax machine-like noise that accompanies the call.
-- As I've said before, the Outlander Sport's a snap to park with its pug nose styling, clipped tail and rearview camera.
-- Trip highlights included the charming Centrella Inn bed and breakfast (shown above) in Pacific Grove as well as the incredible Monterey Bay Aquarium, (the sea otters are a riot).
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 19,794 miles.