I have been a minivan mom for the past 12 years. There have been times when I have beamed with pride at my minivan mom status, and then of course, there have been times when driving a minivan just made me feel blah. In the words of one of my friends, “Minivans just aren’t sexy, and I don’t feel sexy when driving one. It’s the mom jean of cars.”
Whoa. The mom jean of cars. That one hit hard because if there is anything I hate, it’s mom jeans. No one, I repeat no one should be able to know that I had two c-sections by looking at my jeans. And while I don’t feel that my childbirth status is visible by the type of car I drive, the fact that I have more than two children is.
All because of the infamous minivan.
Over the years, my feelings have changed about driving a minivan. While I recognized the need our family had for space and great gas mileage, something was missing. Minivans have come a long way over the years, but to me, they still feel limiting.
As my children got older and I approached turning 40, I decided that maybe we should move from minivan to 7-passenger SUV. When I drove my new truck, I felt sexier. When I went to the gas station though, it was a completely different story. I felt poorer. I eventually decided that I could live with not feeling sexy, but I could not live with feeling like I was constantly exceeding my budget.
After a few years with the 7-passenger SUV, I went back to the minivan, and that’s where I currently live in the automobile world. My decision to have a minivan now is based purely on necessity, not because I actually want one. Recently, though, I discovered the Mitsubishi Outlander, which was parked right at the intersection of minivan and SUV, and exudes a little bit of sexiness.
The Outlander is actually a CUV – crossover utility vehicle – because it is built on a different chassis than larger sport utility vehicles. The CUV status is important for regular folks like you and me because it means seating for 7, economical gas mileage, and safer emissions while maintaining the look of an SUV.
Mitsubishi is proud that safety and gas mileage are at the heart of their vehicles. The Outlander gets an average of 27 miles per gallon. That is better than most minivans! I was very impressed with the Advanced Safety Package of this car that included lane departure warning and power folding side mirrors.
I’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the radio, because on a scale of 1 to 10, the teens in my family gave it a 10. The bluetooth system allowed us to stream music from my cell phone and the car was equipped with a Rockford Fosgate sound system that included a subwoofer in the back.
Driving this car gave me the best of both worlds. I had the room I needed for groceries and backpacks and I drove it non-stop for 7 days without needing gas. It handled the needs and more for my family.
Let’s talk about that 10/100 warranty! Part of the appeal of the 2016 Outlander is its warranty, a 10-year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. It also includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Vehicle Limited Warranty, a 7-year/100,000 mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty, and 5 years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance.
So essentially, this vehicle is all that and a bag of chips (especially considering it has enough room for plenty bags of chips.) For more information about this car, including local dealer information, click here.
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