2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Dynamic Route Guidance
October 27, 2010
Last night I had the unenviable task of driving in near standstill (2 mph) rush-hour traffic to get from Santa Monica to Placentia (40-plus miles one way). Since I'm not all that familiar with what lurks behind the Orange Curtain, I was thankful I had the help of our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander's navigation to lead the way.
Little did I know how great a help it would end up being.
While on the 10 East, every now and then, the navigation would alert me to a change in traffic ahead and then offer up an alternate route, one that might have been a bit longer but faster. Neat! Just out of curiosity I took it up on its suggestion.
Basically it had me exit the freeway, take a side street for a mile and then go back on the freeway. I'm not sure if it made a difference but the traffic was definitely flowing better on the side street, even with the traffic lights, and it was a nice break from that horrific gridlock. In any case, I love that it does that!
The navigation is so easy to follow, giving me an ample heads-up about when to turn and when to exit. However, when viewing the detour, it's hard to decipher what the screen is showing you, so basically you're putting all your trust on the nav.
The only time I didn't take the suggestion, however, is when I was driving past Downtown LA, whose city streets can be really scary in some parts.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor