2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Road Trip
November 26, 2011
This week I took the Outlander from L.A. to Monterey, CA. It's about 330 miles each way and involves driving along very scenic CA 1, aka the Pacific Coast Highway. This is one of those trips where the drive itself can be half the fun. Life being a journey and all that...
On a long trip like this, where you have open road and the ability to cruise at 60 or so for long stretches, the Mitsu was fine. Even without adjustable lumbar support for my finicky lower back, the front seats were very comfortable for hours at a time. My iPod was easy to run through the car's stereo, the Nav system helped us find some good eats and the cabin was quiet enough at high cruising speeds except when more serious inclines were tackled, where the engine's drone would require bumping the volume on the stereo.
Yes, I had to take (shifting) matters into my own hands while tackling the mountainous portions so as to keep the Outlander Sport up on its toes rather than flat on its feet. But even with the lack of power, it was still somewhat entertaining to drive as the little Mitsu is pretty good at cutting through curvy blacktop, thanks to its fairly quick steering and buttoned down composure. Too bad Mitsu didn't offer a Ralliart version of this rig...
We're heading back to L.A. shortly and will post another update after we get back with average fuel mileage and trip highlights.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 19,430 miles