Last week I was in Orlando for a training and to tour a few hotels. My friends at Drive Shop loaned my blogger pal and I a Mitsubishi Outlander to use before we checked into Universal Studios for the week. They had it waiting for us at the Airport and picking it up was a breeze. We hoped in and typed in the address to our Rental for the next two nights and off we went. Well, it took us a little to get the address typed in. The Navigation system wasn’t as straight forward as others we had used.

Once we got on the road there was a weird beeping that was happening every so often. I pulled the manual out while my partner in crime navigated the roads. I learned the beeping was the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system uses an onboard camera to monitor lane position in front of the vehicle, alerting the driver if it detects the vehicle leaving its lane unintentionally.  Well, it’s ANNOYING! So we figured out how to turn it off. The only problem is it turns back on when you start the car and we would forget about it until the first beep. Maybe for driving at night and tired it would be good but driving on the I-4 in Orlando it didn’t help just annoyed us.

One of the cool features that the Outlander does have is the available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system uses 77GHz radar technology to accurately judge distances between you and the vehicle ahead, helping you maintain a safe driving distance. This is a very helpful feature for cruise control and is great for highway driving with moderate traffic.

Now to the things that all of us want to know what does it look like and drive like. From the outside, it looked to be about the same size as my 2009n Nissan Murano. When I opened the trunk to put our luggage in I was surprised to find a third row of seating! The third row is standard in all models. To fold the seats down was simple you just pull a tab. The third row is a 50/50 split and the second row is a 60/40 split. Very nice for when you need to load up luggage and other things. The dash was nice and has Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control which for my family is a life saver! There are days my husband blasts the A/C and I cool off then turn mine down.

The thing that I noticed was how quiet our drive was. We had the navigation and the Sirus/XM radio on but low so we could still talk and hear the navigation. I didn’t hear much if any road noise. It was very nice. The next thing that shocked me was when we stopped and parked the side mirrors folded in! It was such a shock I’ve only had that on luxury vehicles. Something that would come in handy here in the Mid-Atlantic and North East is the heated windshield wiper deicer. The heated glass below the wiper blades keeps them from freezing!

Even though we didn’t like the navigation system because it was a little difficult to get to the screens we needed we liked the 7″ touch panel display. It made changing the radio easy and seeing the navigation map a breeze. The rearview camera was nice too. It has a very wide angle view.

They also equipped the car with an ECO-Mode to help save on gas by lowering the engine power on initial acceleration if engaged. We didn’t try this feature out but in the 2 days we had the car and we drove it all over the place we didn’t use much gas at all.  The car has great gas mileage. 25 city and 31 highway.  The starting price tag for the car is $22,995 which is wonderful for a car with third-row seating!

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