Best-Selling Mitsubishi Model in Europe Is Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVHere in the United States, the best-selling Mitsubishi model is the Outlander Sport thanks to its incredible value and versatility. In Europe, another Outlander model is getting all the love. That is the Outlander PHEV.

In Europe, the desire to own an electric or hybrid vehicle is stronger than it is currently in the United States. Because of this, many of the best-selling European cars are hybrids. In fact, the best-selling plug-in hybrid model in Europe is the Outlander PHEV. Making this even more impressive is the fact that it has held this title for four years in a row.

“The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is our brand flagship, our best seller in Europe, a trend-setter that the industry is watching carefully and a pointer to MMC’s long term strategy, blending adventurous SUV heritage with progressive electrified technologies,” said Bernard Loire, the president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe.

Luckily, the Outlander PHEV isn’t just a European model. It is available here in the United States right now. It comes with a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC four-cylinder engine paired with 60kW Twin AC synchronous electric motors. This combination has an output of 197 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. When fully charged, the Outlander PHEV offers up to 22 miles of pure electric driving.

Stop by Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to test-drive the 2019 Outlander and its PHEV variant for yourself.

Spring Events Near Tucson

Spring has arrived in Arizona. Now is the perfect time to head outside and enjoy all that the area has to offer, especially before the heat of summer comes. Here are some of the best spring events near Tucson to add to your calendar.

Agave Heritage Festival

This festival runs from April 23 through May 5 and celebrates everything about the agave plant. It is an adults-only festival and you have to be at least 21 years of age to attend. There will be dinners, exhibits, talks, and tours across several venues including The Carriage House and Maynards Market & Kitchen.

Wilcox Wine Country Spring Festival

The Arizona Wine Growers Association will present the best wine the state has to offer at this annual event. It will run May 18 and 19 at the historical Railroad Park in Wilcox. It has been named one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America.

The Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival

If your dad loves Mexican food, take him out for Father’s Day to this fantastic festival of food. Head to the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa on June 15. There are a few hotel packages available if you want to turn it into a full weekend event. The festival includes food demos, live music, education classes, and, of course, samples.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Earns KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Award

If you are looking for a way to maximize your vehicle dollars, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a wise decision. Not only is the Outlander the most affordable three-row crossover in its class, but it also recently earned a Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own award.

“Outlander offers consumers one of the best value packages in an incredibly popular segment, and Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award is a testament to that value,” said Mark Chaffin, COO, MMNA. “Boasting the lowest projected long-term operating costs in its segment, the Mitsubishi Outlander continues to impress consumers and offers the safety, dependability and conveniences they are looking for in a CUV.”

The KBB 5-Year Cost to Own awards are given out to the vehicles with the lowest predicted ownership costs over the course of five years. This includes the initial purchase price along with state fees, fuel costs, insurance, depreciation, and maintenance and repair costs. The Outlander was praised for its low cost, lower rate of depreciation, and low state fees.

Enhancing the Outlander’s value even more, beyond five years, is its 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The Outlander has also been recognized for its safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick, when equipped with available safety equipment.

Experience the 2019 Outlander for yourself when you stop by Quebedeaux Mitsubishi. You’re sure to fall in love with this affordable, well-rounded CUV.

Best Road Trip Games Adults Won’t Hate

Family Road Trip

Every road trip movie has a scene with some gruelingly boring road trip game that everyone in the car clearly hates having to play—but road trip games don’t have to be terrible. If you’re on the road with your kids or just a group of adult friends, here are the best road trip games adults might just have fun with.

Musical Games

Bring some fun to your long drive with pop culture-themed games, like Battle of the Bands, where one person picks a song category and two other players each play a song. The first player decides which one wins! There’s also the Singing Game, where you go around singing a song lyric each and the next player has to sing a line from a different song with related lyrics.

Games that Make You Think

Most road trip games are pretty mindless, but games that let you focus your attention on thinking hard will make time fly by. One example is the Name Game, where you name a celebrity and the next player has to name another celebrity whose name starts with the last letter of the last celebrity’s name. It doesn’t have to be a famous person—pick any category that interests you!

Word Games

Word Association and Alphabet Categories are two more games for a carful of wordsmiths. In Word Association, one person says a word and the next person says the first word that comes to mind and so on. In Alphabet Categories, you pick a category like food or instruments and name something from that category for each letter of the alphabet.

Are you ready for a road trip, but your car is not? Come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to find something better.

Support Your Home Team: Essential Tailgating Gear

Looking for essential tailgating gear? Aside from the perfect vehicle, there are a range of other things to consider before you head off to the big game. From entertainment to cleanup, there are a million things that can make your trip more enjoyable. Here’s just a short list of the best to bring along.

Some things to consider include a throwback jersey and a hoodie. A throwback jersey is the perfect way to show that you have supported the team from the beginning. Plus, these jerseys look fantastic. Bring a hoodie as well, as these games tend to get chilly fast. A hoodie is also great for those looking for extra pockets to store essentials.

Your rear end will be thanking you after you buy a seat cushion. Few realize how uncomfortable stadium seats really are until they are actually at the game. These seats can keep you in comfort through the fourth quarter, letting you sit back and truly relax.

Make sure to bring some wet wipes as well. Because most tailgating crews prefer hot wings and other messy food items, it’s important to bring the proper cleanup gear. Not only can messy food cause messes all around, but it can also attract insects down the road. In short, be sure to bring some cleanup supplies.

Back-to-School Carpool Tips

Many schools are back in session, which means it’s time for parents to provide transportation for their kids. Carpooling can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to the whole “taking the kids to school” thing. Fortunately, we here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have some excellent back-to-school carpool tips that can help you transition into the new school year!

  1. Organize – Before heading out to school, contact other parents and plan out the route and schedule so no kid gets left waiting in the driveway. Ensure there are enough seats for each child and remind the children who will be picking them up before and after school each day. Doing so will ensure there’s no confusion among the kids.
  2. Drive – Did you know there are quite a few rules and recommendations about driving with children in the car? For example, the NHTSA suggested children who are shorter than four feet, nine inches must ride in a booster seat. Kids 12 years old and younger also can’t ride in the passenger seat. As always, obey the speed limits and pay attention to the crossing guards.
  3. Arrival – When dropping off the kids, make sure they exit the car on the curbside. Have the older children keep an eye on the younger ones as they exit the vehicle. As always, minimize distractions and keep an eye on the road!

What to Do When Your Car Overheats

It’s especially common during summer, so knowing what to do when your car overheats is vital in order to avoid seriously damaging your engine. Always keep an eye on your temperature gauge—if it gets to a dangerous or even unusual level, follow these steps.

An overheated engine is not necessarily dire, but if you notice the temperature gauge is high, immediately turn off the AC. If it doesn’t go down, turn on the heat, which directs heat away from the engine, and roll down your windows so you don’t suffocate. If it’s still high, it’s time to check your coolant.

Pull over when it’s safe to and immediately shut off the engine. Wait for the temperature gauge to go back to normal before you open the hood to avoid getting burned! Once it’s cooled down, pop the hood and check to see if the coolant is at the right level. It’s a good idea to keep some in your car in case an issue like this arises, along with a jug of water. If it’s low, pour in antifreeze and water until the reservoir is full. For help locating the coolant reservoir, look in your owner’s manual.

It the problem persists, head to a mechanic to have it looked at. Driving too much on an engine that continuously overheats could wreck it!

Keeping up with Car Tire Maintenance

Oftentimes, people think more about car tire maintenance in the winter than in the summer. Low temperatures cause tires to lose their pressure faster and become less pliable, which makes them more prone to damage — not to mention all that slippery snow and ice. However, summer presents its own set of dangers to car tires, which is why AAA urges drivers to keep an eye on their wheels during the sweltering summer months.

In fact, AAA Mid-Atlantic says they see the most tire recalls this time of year. Why? Friction from hot roads causes pressure to build up inside the tires, increasing the chance of a blowout. However, overinflation isn’t the only danger; an underinflated tire has its own issues. Not maintaining enough pressure in the tire causes the tread to wear faster and can even affect the fuel mileage of your car.

So what should you do? First, keep an eye on your tire pressure. If your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, pay attention to the light if it comes on. Observe the tread wear on your tires to make sure they are wearing evenly; otherwise, it could be a symptom of alignment issues or improper inflation. Car tire maintenance may not seem critical in the summer, but it’s crucial to keeping your vehicle in top shape.

Mitsubishi’s February Sales Saw Strong Gains

February may be the shortest month of the year, but Mitsubishi sold a lot of cars. In fact, Mitsubishi’s February sales were up 4.5% over last year’s sales, with a total of 7,870 vehicles sold.

Leading the sales were both the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The redesigned Outlander saw sales of 2,121 units, which was an impressive 81% increase over February 2015. It was also the crossover’s best February since 2007.

The smaller Outlander Sport had an even more impressive month with sales of 2,591—it’s best February ever!

“We’ve said it before and we are proving it to be true, the future of the Mitsubishi Motors brand lies in its CUVs,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA, in a statement. “Outlander Sport continues to be our sales leader and the new Outlander is proving to be quite popular with customers seeking high value and reliability in a very competitive segment.”

Come check out these two great crossovers along with the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup today at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a great value their entire lineup is.