Into The Fire - 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Into The Fire

August 25, 2010


Let's see, it's Southern California, summer, and there's a heat wave going on -- yep, it must be fire season! I was driving our Mitsubishi Outlander yesterday along the I-5 at the Tejon pass (the Grapevine) when I encountered this respectably prodigious brush fire near Frazier Park.

The freeway wasn't closed, so I kept on driving. I then thought of the 1991 Steve Martin movie L.A. Story (it's still a prescient movie on living here, by the way) and the scene where the movie's characters continue to eat at a restaurant nonchalantly while an earthquake goes on. Forest fire? Yeah, we see those all the time down here...

OK, maybe not. Incidentally, it was quite hot -- the Outlander's exterior temperature gauge was showing 110 degrees at one point. The Outlander's air-conditioning, if you care to know, is still gimpy -- I've noticed that it only blows cold air out of the left two instrument panel air vents; the air coming out of the right two vents is ambient temperature.

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Oh, and if you're a Hair Nation kind of guy or gal, you'll probably remember this video clip that follows after the jump.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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