Best Mitsubishi Models for Families

Best Mitsubishi Models for Families

We know buying a family hauler is tough. You need something roomy and comfortable, efficient enough to fit in your gas budget, and safe enough to drive around the kids. Here’s a ranking of the best Mitsubishi models for family transportation, starting with the best.

Outlander and Outlander Sport: The Outlander Sport is the most popular Mitsubishi model on the market right now, and for good reason. Both the Outlander and its Sport sibling were totally redesigned to stand out in the crossover segment.

Mirage G4: While not as spacious as a crossover like the Outlander, the Mirage G4 is a roomy and efficient sedan with plenty of trunk space.

Mirage: The hatchback twin of the G4 offers less storage space, but city-smart dimensions and a surprisingly spacious cabin.

Lancer and Lancer Evolution: While these two nameplates are designed more for sporty thrills than convenience, you can make them daily drivers thanks to standard AWD and high fuel ratings.

i-MiEV: Forget about filling up completely with the i-MiEV’s range of 115 MPGe. However, cramped seating and small dimensions make this less family-friendly.

If you’re still not sure which of the best Mitsubishi models are for you, swing by Larry Jay Mitsubishi for a test drive. Our associates would be happy to guide you through the process.

Mitsubishi Charity Efforts

Mitsubishi Charity Efforts

Mitsubishi, in addition to providing its consumer base with quality products, seeks to contribute to the betterment of the communities it serves. From protecting the environment to encouraging employee representatives to take part in their local volunteering services, Mitsubishi charity efforts run the full spectrum of causes.

Environmental Charter: Drafted in 1996 and updated in 2010, the charter outlines Mitsubishi’s goal to reduce its impact on the environment.

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.: A joint venture, Mitsubishi supports this organization that manages 13.6 million acres of preserved wilderness in Canada.

MC Foundation for the Americas: An organization founded to cover both the social and physical aspects of environmentalism, the Foundation for the Americas not only conserves the environment, but educates individuals on how they can help as well.

Matching Gifts Program: Mitsubishi matches employee donation to any non-proft organization, two dollars for every one dollar donated.

Representative Community Involvement: All Mitsubishi employees are encouraged to take part in their local communities and volunteer their time to making a better world.

Mitsubishi charity efforts extend beyond those listed above, encapsulating poverty and human rights as well as other environmentalist efforts. Mitsubishi is sure to continue its contribution to various causes in the future.

Famous Women in Automotive History

Florence Lawrence

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This month we wanted to take the time to talk about some of the famous women in automotive history.

  • Mary Anderson. In 1903, this woman invented something that is used on every single car in the world today—the windshield wiper. Her version was a swinging arm with a rubber blade that was manually operated from inside the car. So, the next time you switch on your wipers, think about automotive pioneer Mary Anderson.
  • Florence Lawrence. Silent film star Florence Lawrence purchased her first car in 1913 and realized it was missing some important safety features—turn signals and brake lights. So, she invented. Her simple invention didn’t actually involve lights, but was an “auto signaling arm” that would raise a sign indicating which direction the driver was going to turn. The brake signal raised a “stop” sign.
  • Helene Rother. In 1943, she was hired as the first female automotive designer. She was originally a French jewelry designer, but GM hired her to design some elegant interiors for upscale cars. She spent much of the rest of her career on automotive interior design.
  • Denise McCluggage. She was one of the most celebrated racers of the 1950s, conquering the most difficult tracks all over the world.

As you can see, women played a vital role in making the automotive industry what it is today.

Mitsubishi Outlander Capabilities Make It Great for Road Trips

Mitsubishi Outlander Capabilities Make It Great for Road Trips

Wondering which Mitsubishi model is best for a road trip? Check out the new Outlander. With tons of space for storage, a comfortable interior, the latest in entertainment, and excellent fuel economy, you can make any trip more enjoyable as long as you drive the Mitsubishi Outlander.

According to Mitsubishi, the 2016 Outlander has over 100 new improvements and upgrades, ranging from a new style to a fine-tuned engine. With four basic trims—including ES, SE, SEL, and GT S-AWC—you can pick and choose which features you like. And, perhaps best of all, the Outlander has a refined and sophisticated interior, with exclusive materials and comfort like never before.

Mitsubishi Outlander capabilities are one major reason to consider this model for your next road trip. This crossover has a seating capacity of seven, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, and it gets up to 31 highway mpg. Plus, the Outlander also comes with Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) to help you tackle tough terrain and harsh weather.

What else sets the Outlander apart? This model received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating thanks to a range of safety features. This will definitely provide added peace of mind on any road trip. Plus, the Outlander has intelligent entertainment options like a 6.1-inch touch panel display audio system, HD Radio, Rockford Fosgate Premium audio, and more. An additional navigation option and Eco-Mode let you have better control than ever as well.

Experience the full potential of your next road trip in the new Outlander. What are you waiting for? Get your model today.

Snacks for Road Trips: the Dos and Don’ts of Eating on the Road

Snacking On the Road

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations in North Carolina

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations

 

Trying to decide where to spend your summer vacation can be incredibly difficult. For fun in the sun and feet in the sand, check out these top five vacation destinations in North Carolina from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

  1. Cape Hatteras Island – Packed with excellent restaurants, Cape Hatteras Island features some of the most scenic sunsets on the east coast. Spending the day on the island gives access to fishing, surfing, scuba diving, and much more! With one of the most peaceful atmospheres in the state, this is one destination you won’t want to miss.
  2. Duck – Located on the Outer Banks, Duck is your one-stop spot for vacation rentals next to the ocean. Spend the day in the sun, parasailing, or deep sea fishing for a vacation you’ll never forget.
  3. Boone – Located inland, Boone is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can go hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and much more!
  4. Lake Gaston – For both adventure and relaxation, there’s no better place than Lake Gaston. Activities include water skiing, hiking, boating, barbecuing, and more.
  5. Wrightsville Beach – The perfect spot for fishing, surfing, boating, and more, Wrightsville Beach is a top vacation spot for good reason. With luxurious rentals and restaurants that will cook what you catch, there are few better places to spend your vacation.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named Best Value on Road

2016 Outlander PHEV

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a much-loved vehicle, and it’s getting recognized. The 12th Annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards awarded the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander with the “Best Value on the Road” award.

The Annual Active Lifestyle awards take place over two-days, where journalists and athletes test-drive different vehicles. The vehicles are driven in basically all environments, from highways to city streets to off-road courses.

The vehicles were judged for a number of features, from seating to cargo capability to versatility. The cars that win are those that are best for people with an active lifestyle. The program exists to give automakers a chance to see what people with active lifestyles want and need in a car.

So, why the Mitsubishi Outlander? Because it performs well and saves you money. The Mitsubishi Outlander gives you great versatility in its cargo space and the Super All-Wheel Control system gives you ultimate control.

“It’s exciting to see the 2016 Outlander resonate so well among this group of active people,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America.

Did you find this article informative? Learn more about the Outlander PHEV on our website!

Benefits of Leasing

Customer Leasing A Car

There are lots of options when getting a new car: you can buy new, buy used, or lease. But you’ll need to find what’s right for you! Here are some benefits of leasing a car:

Lower Monthly Payments – Lease payments tend to be lower than monthly payments. Why? Because a car loan is determined from the price of a new car. But with a lease, your payments are determined from the difference between the initial car’s price and the price at the end of your lease. That means that payments will be lower per month.

Smaller Down Payment – If you can’t afford a larger down payment, leasing is for you.  Down payments for leases are typically more flexible than new car down payments. You could put a few thousand down, but many leases require no down payment whatsoever.

Fewer Repair Costs – Most leases last two to three years, which means that your car will be covered under warranty for the entirety of the lease period. This also means that most issues in the car won’t take money out of your wallet. You’ll just need to have routine maintenance like oil changes.

 

Learn whether a new or used car is the right option for you over on our website!

Mitsubishi Red Cross Partnership Raises $30,000 for Fire Safety

Mitsubishi and Red Cross Fundraiser

 

Mitsubishi is teaming up with the Red Cross in order to raise money. The funds raised will be instrumental in helping the Red Cross Home Fire campaign meet its goals. Smoke alarms will be purchased for low-income and at-risk homes, to reduce the number of home fires in low socio-economic neighborhoods.

 

According to Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Red Cross Partnership in Normal, Illinois has donated a total of $30,000 in order to increase the number of fire alarms in the area. This is designed to prevent injuries and fatalities, especially for those at risk such as children, women, and lower class individuals. Fire alarms are essential for every home, but they are an emergency device that often goes overlooked.

 

“The American Red Cross is a great organization that works to improve the well-being of the community. We’re honored to play a part in the Red Cross Home Fire campaign and trust that the donation made today will further their efforts,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi North America.

 

This is just one of the many ways Mitsubishi is dedicated to giving back to those in need.

Tips for Travelling with Pets

Dog riding in car

 

Travelling with pets can make any road trip more enjoyable. Plus, many pets love riding in the car, as it gives them a chance to get out of the house and experience the world. However, there are important things to keep in mind when you are driving with pets.

 

According to the ASPCA, you should first assess whether or not your pet will be comfortable travelling in the car. While many animals enjoy the open road, some can get incredibly stressed when they’re in the car. Before a long trip, make sure to take short trips with your animal to get them used to the experience. If they are too stressed, consider leaving your animal behind at a kennel or other facility.

 

Always secure your animal. Although it can be fun to have them in the cab with you, it is essential that you place them in a carrier and secure them with a seatbelt or other device. In the event of an accident, animals can not only harm you, but they can also be seriously injured. Many animals also run away after an accident, making them difficult to find afterwards. Carriers are safer and smarter.

 

Finally, never leave your animal alone in a car. If you go in, even for a moment, take your pet. Cars can get extremely hot and extremely cold, which presents health risks for your animals. Cracking the window isn’t enough: always take your pets with you!

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