Cars are getting so clever, I feel very lazy

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I was fortunate enough to test drive a  brand new Mitsubishi Outlander for a week, I am blown away at how clever this car is.  It was such a beauty to zip around in. I am not at all a car enthusiast, what is under the bonnet really doesn’t interest me, typically as long as it fits all 3 kids in comfortably and has additional seats in the back for when I pick up extra kids I would be happy.  

Well, I tell you after spending a week in the Outlander this has now changed.  I am adding to my wish list that my next car must have the following:

1. Keyless entry

I never understood this feature when I heard it on the TV.  To walk up to the car and not have to rummage through my handbag to find the keys.  For all those with cluttered handbags (hmm, yes at times mine gets that way) its such a helpful feature.  This car does not have a key as such, it has a sensor which just sits permanently in my handbag.  There is a little button next to the door handle and if my handbag is within range, it will unlock the car.  Then the car starts with a push of a button.

2. Voice activated bluetooth phone connection

Ooh this is THE feature I have really missed since giving the car back.  Usually my kids make and answer calls for me when I’m driving.  Connecting my phone to the cars bluetooth was a breeze, less that 20 seconds (one time installation, then it’s automatic).  For safety you cannot touch the screen to make calls while driving, however you can set up voice activation and ask the car to make the call for you.  With the touch of a button on the steering wheel you can answer calls which come through your sound system.  The calls are very clear and as my friend said I don’t need to shout she could hear me perfectly when I spoke normally (instinct was that I needed to talk louder).  Well with this feature I could be more efficient, making phone calls instead of sending emails, a more personal approach.  And of course I would have no excuse that I don’t have time to call my mother.   

3. Reverse camera

As I am a shorty it’s hard to use the rear view mirror when reversing, I have become very reliant on the reversing sensors which makes parking a breeze and at school pick up time with kids running around a lot safer.  

Some extra features I liked about the car was

  • The windscreen wipers turned on automatically when it was raining, it scared the bejeebers out of me when it did it as I didn’t expect it.  But was a great feature because I really don’t like driving in the rain and it was one less thing to think about
  • Cupholder at a convenient height at the right side of the steering wheel
  • All back seats folded down to create extra room if needed
  • Unlike my car when I open up the boot door the grocery shopping doesn’t fall out (I have had several broken bottles and milk spills because of this), as there is a tail gate to prevent it 
  • It was so quiet, when at traffic lights there were times I couldn’t hear it running
  • The sun roof was an added bonus, loved the extra airflow.
  • The inbuilt DVD player kept the kids entertained, their show of choice … WWE (go figure??)

Thankyou Mitsubishi, the Outlander was a great car to drive!! 

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12 comments

Karen Fogo March 6, 2012 - 5:28 AM

Wow Katrina you got the deluxe one! I regularly drive an Outlander for work (outreach nurse driving to rural properties) and I LOVE it, but it has none of the bells and whistles. I love the boot size – I can fit 200kg of equipment in the back behind the parcel cage in it, and the little door a the bottom of the boot that makes flat loading a breeze (took me a little while to find that though!).
It’s nippy enough to deal with the hills and highways here, but miserly enough to get almost 600km out of one tank of fuel – not so much important about the cost, more about the distance between petrol stations! And I can get out of the car after a 200km drive and actually walk! I always request my Outlander (we have a fleet, so have a few of them, and a few other brand SUVs as well). Unfortunately though, we’ve been told that they will be replacing them with something else next time round. 🙁

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Stacey Czornobej on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 6:31 AM

These features have been around for years. There are so many more amazing features in the Mazda range, you need to get ur hands on one of those. ;))

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Rachelle Rogers on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 6:46 AM

Sounds wonderful. If only we could afford to upgrade!

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Michelle Koevoets on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 7:04 AM

I would loveee a kluger.. maybe one day… the outlander sounds good too =)

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Sarina Watters on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 7:17 AM

Love our Outlander, same color too :-).

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Ekidna Kidswear on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 8:49 AM

Just what I need..

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Caroline March 6, 2012 - 9:04 AM

Get yourself a Nissan Murano which has all that and MORE. How about the press of a button the tailgate and it lifts up automatically 😉 oh and press it and it goes back down again

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Lauren Pollard on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 9:11 AM

I love my outlander too!! Mine is exactly the same as this one, but black. Ok ok – minus the reverse camera (sensors instead), and rain sensing wipers. Oh and also my kids dvd players are of the non-built-in variety!! Although the 7th seats are not the most comfy, with 3 kids I use them only on odd occasions. I bought it for the 4wd option for towing and a little off-road. If you don’t need that, my sister just bought a Mazda CX9 (+$$$) which is just awesome and her extra seats are more comfy.

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Lisa Nicholson on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 9:13 AM

Can i ask what car you have been driving because these features have been around for quite a few years now 🙂

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Kerry McCorriston on Facebook March 6, 2012 - 9:25 AM

Mel Farrows – we have just bought a Kluger….I’m in love. It’s fantastic – I’ll never go back to anything else!

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Raelene March 6, 2012 - 2:45 PM

I have this one – same model same colour. Love it! Not to mention gutsy! If u put ur foot down it goes! And super safe with the kids!

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Pru March 10, 2012 - 5:26 AM

We just picked up our new Mitsubishi pajero yesterday and was the same a cars a cars as long as its safe and fits everyone in! But…. I’m in love with the pajero!!!! Love the warrenty that comes with it!! Bluetooth, sat nav, reverse camera,climate control. Love love love!!!!!

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