Even if they don’t own a dog, most Americans have a special place in their heart for our furry friends. Dogs can be faithful family companions when we welcome them into our homes. Unfortunately, there are millions of dogs who have to live in shelters or in even worse conditions here in the United States. That is why Mitsubishi and The Asher House have joined forces to help get these dogs into loving homes.

Mitsubishi and the Asher house

The Asher House was founded by Lee Asher, who quit his job in 2017 to dedicate himself fully to his passion of finding homes for dogs in need. Lee was able to raise enough money to purchase an RV so he could travel across the country and help host adoption events. Since then, Lee has helped 146 dogs join new families.

 

Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer, MMNA, said “Lee started with a passion when he created The Asher House and it has become a movement to help raise awareness for rescue animals and shelters across the country; Asher’s bold decision to take action on his ambition is admirable and we’re privileged to be able to help support his mission.”

Mitsubishi Motors is lending him a hand with the donation of an all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This vehicle will help him transport rescue dogs. In addition, Mitsubishi is providing support for local rescue events and other social gathers.

Of course, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi love our dogs. So, if you are looking for a new vehicle for you and your four-legged friends to get around in, make sure to stop in. We would be happy to show you the most pet-friendly models.

Orchards, Farms, and Corn Mazes

It’s not fall unless you’ve headed to a local farm to wander in a maze and pick out a pumpkin. Thankfully, corn mazes near St. Cloud aren’t hard to come by, and neither are local orchards, farms, or other family-friendly fall attractions.

 

A&G Produce

A full 2 miles of trails and 13 acres of corn maze await you at this farm, as well as a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, a petting zoo, paintball, trivia, and even human foosball. Watch out for A&G’s special zombie paintball events!

 

Amaze’n Farmyard

There’s so much to do here besides just a maze. Greet farm animals in the barn, slide down the giant slide, jump on inflatables in the bounce barn, and try to find the second floor of the 20,000-square-foot maze.

 

Grandpa’s Pumpkin Patch

If what you’re looking for is a relaxing time with your family picking out some pumpkins, head to this local pumpkin patch. Take pictures at the photo op site with your family, feed chickens, or head to the market to buy local honey and seasonal vegetables.

 

Molitor’s Haunted Acres

Looking for something a little spookier with October on the way? Head to Molitar’s Quarry Grill & Bar, where a haunted wagon ride, a haunted trail, and zombie paintball provide all the Halloween thrills you could ask for.

 

Finally, if you find you need a new vehicle before winter hits, come and visit us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi. We would be more than happy to find you a vehicle to transport you to the pumpkin patch.

Great Places to Camp in Minnesota

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and enjoy Minnesota’s summer weather. If you’re hoping to break out the tents and head out to a campsite for some family fun, here’s a look at some of the best places to camp in Minnesota.

Tettegouche State Park. Known as one of the North Shore’s most popular camping spots, this state park is nestled alongside Lake Superior. You can hike throughout the area to see a number of scenic overlooks and beautiful lakes, or head along the Baptism River to check out its waterfalls.

Glendalaugh State Park. Located in western Minnesota, Glendalough State Park offers all kinds of natural beauty, including prairie lands, hardwood forests, and four lakes. The 2,761-acre park even has two yurts that you can stay at while you’re there, giving you the chance to have a truly unique camping experience.

Bear Head State Park. This park rests only a little bit away from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), making it easy to hit both parks at once. It will give you access to miles of shoreline, allowing you to swim, cast out, or even hit the trails that line the water. Its campground even offers canoe, kayak, and boat rentals, along with 73 sites, showers, and restrooms.

Of course, if you need something reliable to take you on your camping vacation, make sure to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi before you hit the trails.

2018 Outlander Sport | Don Robinson Mitsubishi

 

Mitsubishi offers a range of innovative technologies, particularly its vaunted Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC). However, just what is Mitsubishi S-AWC?

This patented system appeared first on the Lancer Evolution in 2007, and it is a modified all-wheel control technology that regulates torque, wheel spin, and brake force to keep you in control.

According to Mitsubishi, S-AWC is a Vehicle Dynamics Control system that helps you maintain control around corners, as you change lanes, and especially on slippery surfaces. The Outlander, Lancer, and Eclipse Cross are some of the vehicles that come with this technology, and the latest versions even offer four different modes of operation. You can switch between AWC ECO, SNOW, NORMAL, and LOCK as you drive.

The AWC ECO feature adjusts torque under the front wheels when you’re driving in normal circumstances, a slight change that saves on gas. The SNOW feature is ideal for ice and snow, while the NORMAL has optimal control for everyday driving. Finally, the LOCK system is for going off-road, and it’s comparable to an advanced 4WD all-terrain system.

The S-AWC system pairs well with components like an Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control, and Active Stability Control.

Using the latest computer technologies and combining them with performance engineering, Mitsubishi engineers have been able to create some of the best driving technologies around—including S-AWC. Come and check out all the vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup that use this advanced system at Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.

2018 Mitsubishi OutlanderIt’s that time of year to pack up your Mitsubishi Outlander and hit the road with the family for an exciting journey. With tons of space to accommodate passengers and cargo, there’s no better summer adventure vehicle. You’ll feel confident and in control while on and off the road, and the Outlander’s smart interior will keep everyone entertained and connected. Here are a few tips on how to use your Mitsubishi Outlander for a summer road trip.

 

  1. Capitalize on cargo space: The Outlander’s spacious interior is perfect for road trips, offering comfortable seating for up to seven passengers and an impressive maximum cargo space of 63.3 cubic feet. Pack up everything you need for camping, outdoor adventures, or for setting out across the country.
  2. Take advantage of off-road capabilities: The Outlander’s available Super All-Wheel Control system uses a suite of state-of-the-art technologies to maximize traction, control, and stability while driving. Its available drive modes make the Outlander perfectly capable of traversing off-road terrains with the family in tow.
  3. Utilize entertainment features: The available Smartphone Link Display Audio system will be your best friend on road trips, offering HD Radio™ and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ The latter features give you convenient and safe access to your smartphone’s calling, texting, music, and navigation capabilities directly on the system’s 7-inch touchscreen display, allowing you to easily stream your family’s favorite tunes.

 

Before you head out on your next road trip, visit our team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi to ensure your vehicle is in top condition for a safe and comfortable adventure.

Outdoor Events in St Cloud | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN

St. Cloud, Minnesota is home to a lively atmosphere and a welcoming community. Getting outside is one of the best ways to live better and meet new people. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor events in St. Cloud that will make this coming spring a memorable one.

Pine Grove Zoo Season Opening

April 16th marks the official opening of the Pine Grove Zoo for the 2018 season. Located a short drive from St. Cloud, the Pine Grove Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals and educational programs that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Stop by on opening day to see some exotic animals and learn something new.

Earth Day Run

This year’s Earth Day Run takes place on April 20th and 21st at St. Cloud State University and is a great way to spend some time outdoors. There are multiple runs to choose from, including one for the kids. Companies can even take part in the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. 5K Corporate Challenge. Once all is said and done, be sure to attend the post-race parties to top off a wonderful weekend outdoors.

Mental Health Walk

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting the 5th annual Mental Health Walk on May 19th. The event takes place around Lake George and offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors for a good cause. Take part in the silent basket auction and enjoy refreshments. Don’t forget to consider donating.

Heading to local parks is another great way to enjoy spring, and if you need a vehicle to reach those destinations, then you should stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Tire Safety | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN

Some of the most important safety features on your car aren’t always an advanced automatic feature like emergency braking. Instead, your vehicle’s safety systems can be as basic as your tires. Without your tires, you are not going anywhere—they affect your vehicle’s braking, handling, and ride. That is why tire safety is so important.

One of the most important steps in tire safety is regular inspections. You should make a habit of thoroughly checking your tires once a month. Look for signs of wear, good tread depth, and proper inflation.

Excess wear on a tire can appear as cracks or bulges on the side wall or uneven tread wear. If you see any of these signs, schedule a service appointment at Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a closer look.

Another important factor in tire safety is how your car handles. If you feel any unusual vibrations or hear a thumping noise, this can indicate an out-of-balance tire or a tire with a flat spot. Furthermore, a tire that pulls your car to one side could be underinflated or damaged.

When you do perform your tire inspection, take a quarter with you. While many experts suggest the penny test, a quarter will give you better results. Place the quarter down into the tread with Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, this means your tread is less than 4/32” and it is time for new tires.

If you need help installing a new set of tires, our service team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi is ready to lend a hand.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - off-road trails in Minnesota

If you’re in the St. Cloud area and are looking for opportunities to test your off-road driving skills, you’re in luck, as the area features plenty of great off-road trails that are perfect for switching into 4WD and getting the most out of your vehicle. At Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we carry a variety of All-Wheel Control vehicles, so it’s only fair that we share our favorite off-road trails in Minnesota.

 

Washington/ Ramsey Trail

Situated in the Nemadji State Forest, this trail system is 71 miles long and features impressive twists, steep climbs, and tight passages, all overlooking some seriously stunning landscapes. If you’re looking for a great way to get the most out of your vehicle, this trail is for you.

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area

Located just East of the city of Gilbert, the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area should be on the short list of every off-road driver. This huge park offers 36 miles of trails and takes you over a huge variety of terrains and elevations so you can really test your skills.

Bemis Hill Trails

If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend an entire weekend, be sure to check out Bemis Hill Trails. An 85-mile system of trails perfect for off-roading, Bemis Hill is located on the shoreline of an ancient glacial lake which naturally carved out a beautiful and rugged landscape.

 

For the ideal off-roader, stop into Don Robinson Mitsubishi and check out our lineup.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is unlike anything you’ve ever seen from the Mitsubishi brand. This intelligent and eco-friendly SUV is great for those who truly love the outdoors. Not only does this SUV come with seating for up to five people and plenty of space for cargo, but it also has an intelligent plug-in hybrid design that delivers up to 74 MPGe*.

Outlander PHEV technologyAccording to Mitsubishi, the new Outlander PHEV technology includes a DC Quick Charging system to cut down on charge time. Charging at CHAdeMO public charging stations, you can go from empty to 80% charged in just 25 minutes. The Outlander PHEV II app lets you connect your vehicle to your smartphone to find the most efficient charge times, and the PHEV system can automatically toggle between hybrid and all-electric models to save on gas.

How does this Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) work? An all-new Twin Electric Motor system pairs with a powerful engine to optimize performance while saving on gas. Combining electric power with gasoline power saves you money at the pump and cuts back on emissions, yet it also provides impressive range and capabilities. Plus, with Super All-Wheel Control, the Outlander PHEV is great for harsh terrain.

Learn more about the Outlander PHEV or PHEV technology at Don Robinson Mitsubishi. If you want to go green without breaking the bank, the Outlander PHEV may be an ideal option for you.

 

*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

Minnesota Hunting Season | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN

Here in Minnesota, hunting season is a big deal. If you don’t participate yourself, you probably know at least a few people who do. While much of Minnesota hunting season is over for 2017, we are already looking forward to next year.

If you are not ready to quit yet, there is still some time left for certain types of game. If you are a bow hunter, you can still bag yourself a deer through December 31st. Bobcat season runs through January 7th. Rabbit and squirrel season covers much of the winter and is open through February 28th. You can also still hunt grouse and pheasant until January 1st.

If you have never been hunting before, but would like to try it out, there are a few things you need to do. Make sure that if you are planning a hunt, you follow all the Minnesota rules and regulations and secure your license before you head out. Another good recommendation is to take a hunter safety course. These courses will cover all the safety precautions and rules you need to follow.

How successful was your hunting season this year? Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, many of us are hunters and look forward to spending a weekend or two out in the wilderness next fall.

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