When you’re asked to test drive a vehicle for a week (free of charge) then report your experience with said car, I’d say you’re off to a pretty amazing week. This couldn’t have been truer when recently, I had the opportunity to drive the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport as part of the Drive Shop test drive campaign. The campaign crafts vehicle drive experiences for lifestyle influencers who then share their opinions on the car and the experience.
This couldn’t have come at a better time because my small Volkswagen Beetle wasn’t nearly big enough to haul all the stuff I would need for a camping trip I’d had planned the same week I was to get the car. The fact that the car was a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport just sweetened the deal.
A friend of mine once compared getting into a luxury vehicle to a warm embrace, if that’s true than getting into the Outlander Sport felt like getting a bear hug. I’m so used to driving my tiny bug so having more space was luxurious in and of itself. Plus on top of that, the butter leather seats and 6.1-inch touchscreen audio display with Sirius XM radio and rearview camera made getting through my long work commute that much more easy and comfortable. I’m a little technologically challenged in some area’s so if you’re anything like me, read the manual before you attempt to use this cars navigation 😉
So back to this camping trip. I was all parts excited and nervous. Excited because I was going with some pretty fun friends and nervous because in the past my idea of roughing it was checking into a 3 star hotel (shout out to the Days INN). But I’m all into having new experiences and pushing past my comfort zones. It also didn’t hurt that I was told the majority of the time we were there would be spent at the river lounging on an inner-tube, beer in my hand.
Prior to going I agonized over any and everything. What should I wear, what should I pack, how am I going to blow up this damn air mattress in the wilderness? But once I got there I realized I was a lot more prepared than I thought. It also didn’t hurt that the Outlander Sport was so roomy and held everything we needed and with space to spare.
I was a little apprehensive about how much gas I would need but to my pleasant surprise the car was pretty good on gas. I’m so used to my gas guzzling Beetle so at 32 miles per highway gallon I was a happy camper (literally). It’s not a very fast car so if you’re looking for something with a lot of giddy up you won’t find that here, but it more than makes up for it in how smooth the ride is.
After riding in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport I’m honestly thinking about trading in my old Beetle for something bigger and more opulent. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Beetle, it’s a fun car to drive but I found after driving the Outlander that I’m missing that great big hug more luxurious cars are known for.
Here are a few more shots of my camping trip in Kern county. Have you ever been camping? Did you love it or hate it? I’m in the market for a newer bigger car, do you have any suggestions? Please let me know in the comments below!