So, you’re a high school graduate getting ready to go to one of the great colleges near St. Cloud. We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi serve the students of the area, providing them with capable vehicles for rides to and from school.

Saint Cloud State University – St. Cloud

Located right here in St. Cloud, Saint Cloud State University is one of the largest colleges in Minnesota, with more than 15,000 students on a 100-acre campus. If you plan on commuting, a smaller car suited to navigating crowded streets with good fuel economy like the Mitsubishi Lancer or Mirage would be your best pick.

St. Cloud Technical and Community College – St. Cloud

With open enrollment and two-year programs, SCTCC is a great alternative to traditional college, but if you choose to pursue a degree it’s also partnered with Saint Cloud State. Since it’s also located right here at home in St. Cloud, commuting in a sedan or other small car would still be your best choice.

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University – Saint Joseph

Choose an SUV to get to this out-of-town college and university collaboration, which pairs a liberal arts education with the sense of stewardship and service that comes from Catholic and Benedictine traditions. With an SUV, you get more capability, better handling, and all-wheel drive systems that secure you during the winter months.

Are you ready to pick a car for your commute to one of these great colleges near St. Cloud? Stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.

Summer vacation is fleeting for many college students, which means it’ll be time for back-to-school shopping in no time. In addition to school supplies, you should also check out a number of Mitsubishi models that are perfect for heading back to campus. The best back-to-school vehicles include the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and the Mirage, thanks to their roomy interiors, affordable pricing, and great gas mileage.

According to Mitsubishi, the new Outlander comes with a range of great features that are perfect for moving back to campus. This crossover SUV gets up to 30 highway mpg* when properly equipped, which saves you money at the pump. The roomy interior can easily fit many of the furniture and supplies you need to move, with a cargo capacity of up to 63.3 cu ft.

For those who want to look especially cool, check out the new Outlander Sport. This model has less seating than the standard Outlander, but the Sport comes with improved capabilities. You can easily explore off-road trails, bike, hike, and more. The Outlander Sport is bound to make other drivers jealous.

Finally, the Mirage is a classic among students headed back to school. This subcompact model saves on space, gets up to 43 highway mpg*, and still seats up to five. It’s one of the most affordable cars on the market, and it also comes with an impressive 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. Looking for the most bang for your buck? Check out the Mitsubishi Mirage.

To test drive or explore the Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport, or Mirage, visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary. For comparison purposes only.

If you’re looking for a new adventure in the state of Minnesota, there are tons of trails to explore. Whether you like hiking, bird watching, or biking, there’s truly something for everyone. Plus, you can easily find any off-road destination in a Mitsubishi Outlander, the perfect vehicle for the trip. With added storage space and a rugged exterior, any off-road adventure is a breeze.

One of the top Minnesota trails, according to TrailLink, is the Dakota Rail Regional Trail. This 26.6-mile trail is composed of asphalt and gravel, which is perfect for most beginners. As part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, this trail was converted from old rail lines. Activities include biking, inline skating, fishing, and even cross country skiing. Plus, it’s wheelchair accessible.

Lake Wobegon is also a popular trail in the area. This one is a whopping 60 miles, with an asphalt surface that is also built on an old rail line. Biking, skating, walking, and snowmobiling are all perfect for this trail, and there are great places to fish along the way. Again, this trail is also wheelchair accessible, making it perfect for those with limited mobility.

Finally, hop in your Mitsubishi and drive to the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Measuring over 119 miles, this asphalt trail passes through forests, over 10 rivers and streams, and along more than 20 lakes. There are tons of flora and fauna, and campgrounds are located at both ends. Like the other trails mentioned, this is an accessible asphalt trail built on old rail lines.

Planning your next adventure already? To find the perfect car for the job or any accessories you might need, visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.

We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi believe that St. Cloud is a wonderful place to live and work, but everyone needs a vacation, right? If you’re planning on loading up your Mitsubishi Outlander or Outlander Sport this summer for a family road trip but don’t know where to go, consider a few of these ideas:

  • Louis, Missouri: The city with the famed Arch offers a lot to do, including the City Museum. It’s a 10-hour drive from St. Cloud, meaning you can make it there in a just a day’s drive.
  • Sandusky, Ohio: Sandusky is known for having what is arguably the world’s best roller coaster haven: Cedar Point. A 12-hour drive from St. Cloud is all that is between you and a couple of days riding coasters on the beach. Make it a theme park trip, and drive another 4 hours to experience Ohio’s Kings Island near Cincinnati.
  • Denver, Colorado: The city of Denver has plenty to offer culturally, and it’s just a 13-and-a-half-hour drive. If you switch off with your spouse, you’ll be able to make it to the Mile High City in your Mitsubishi SUV in just one day.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The Windy City is the closest option on this list, but perhaps offers the most to do, whether you’d like to spend time on the beach or explore downtown. You and your family can be there in just a 7-hour drive from St. Cloud.

Be sure to bring your Mitsubishi in for routine maintenance at Don Robinson Mitsubishi before any road trip this summer.

When most new vehicles leave the assembly line, they have been outfitted with all-season tires. For many drivers, these tires are more than enough to get vehicles through all four seasons just fine. However, if you live in a particularly snowy part of the country, you might be considering winter tires. How do you know if they’re right for you?

“Do I Need Winter Tires?” Here’s What They Offer…

All-season tires are designed to make sure you can drive well in the summer and in the winter. To do so, however, they must sacrifice some of the more extreme benefits of tires that do well specifically in hotter or colder climates. Here are some of the benefits of winter tires that all-season tires must give up:

  • Tread rubber on winter tires is designed to remain flexible, which allows the tires to grip the road, even when there is little traction.
  • Traction is also improved through more “biting edges,” which are small slits in the tread that allow the tires to grip better.
  • Deeper tread depths, as well as customized tread patterns, also work to give drivers better traction in snow and on the ice.

If you live in an area that sees a fair amount of snow in the winter, such as here in St. Cloud where we see nearly 50 inches of average snowfall, then you’ll want to consider winter tires for the snow.

In the market for new tires? Check out the Don Robinson Mitsubishi tire store, with big name brands such as Firestone and Goodyear available for your Mitsubishi SUV or car.

Minnesota Road Trips - Don Robinson Mitsubishi Blog

Heading out on the open road in your new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport means you’re in for an adventure you’ll never forget. In addition to a fantastic, feature-packed vehicle, you’re out exploring all that Minnesota has to offer. Even if you’ve been all over the state, there are still a few road trips you need to take before hanging up the keys. We here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi have a few Minnesota road trips you simply have to take in an SUV!

Duluth – Heading to the city of Duluth is an adventure in itself, especially if all seven seats of the new Mitsubishi Outlander are filled. While the journey may seem long, the destination is definitely worth the wait. Scenic landscapes and winding roads seem like something out of a movie. Make sure to leave the vehicle and enjoy the Lakewalk!

Superior National Forest – There are few Minnesota locations more prestigious than the Superior National Forest. Gorgeous foliage and mountains make for an overwhelming sight. The wide lakes only add to the beauty of the Superior National Forest.

Cannon Falls – Heading northeast of Rochester will take you to the Cannon River in Cannon Falls. Small towns line the riverbanks and make for a quaint sight among one of nature’s scenic treasures.

Things to have packed in your suv - don robinson blog

Keeping important items packed in your SUV is important to many drivers—you never know when disaster could strike, after all. Some SUVs, like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport, have plenty of room for drivers to store emergency supplies and other cargo. Here are a few things to have packed in your SUV as suggested by us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!

  • Spare Tire – While it should be obvious, it never hurts to remind drivers that a spare tire is incredibly important to keep in your SUV. The Outlander and Outlander Sport already come stocked with one, but it never hurts to check on it every now and then, if only to make sure it’s properly inflated. Having tools necessary to change a flat tire wouldn’t hurt either!
  • Emergency Kit – As parents know, kids will always find a way to hurt themselves. That’s why it’s important to keep a fully-stocked emergency kit in your SUV. Fill it with items like bandages, gauze, and other medical supplies.
  • Owner’s Manual – Something every driver should keep in their SUV is the owner’s manual. A literal guide to your vehicle, the owner’s manual offers all the information one could need about dashboard lights, changing a flat tire, and more. Stow the owner’s manual in your Outlander or Outlander Sport’s glove box until you need it!

It’s that time of year where it’s warming up enough for you to spring clean your car, so here’s a guide to getting your vehicle in tip-top shape.

Spring Clean Your Car

Clear Out Trash

This one’s simple – bring out a trash bag or two and just toss everything you need to stop carrying around in the vehicle with you. Fast food wrappers? Old receipts you said you’d use to make a budget and never did? Empty coffee cups? Throw it out.

Have a “Keep” Box

Sometimes we leave stuff in our car that we actually love, like an extra pair of shoes or something that we forgot to bring inside. Take a moment to collect these things and put them in a box for keeping. Don’t forget to check the trunk!

Scrub and Vacuum

Scrubbing happens first so you can get all the dirt stuck in nooks and crannies. Then, bring in the vacuum cleaning. It’s a good idea to take out the mats and power wash those, too.

Wash Everything Top to Bottom

Car wash time! Make sure you use a soap specially formulated for washing automobiles or else you could damage the protective coating on your vehicle. Make sure you wash the undercarriage too to get all the winter gunk off.

Maintenance

Wipers, oil change, fluids, tire rotation and checking for tread wear—just a few of the little details to keep up on when it comes to maintaining your car.

 

We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi know how important presentation is when it comes to a vehicle, so trust us when we say that it’s worth it to spring clean your car.

Leasing a vehicle is an excellent option when you’re looking to get a brand-new ride without breaking the bank. You only have to cover the cost of depreciation instead of the full price. This gives you lower monthly payments and a lower initial down payment. If you’re looking to push your savings any further, the Mitsubishi Mirage just topped the industry as the most affordable car to lease – which means you can get all the modern amenities you want for as low as $219 a month*.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

The Study

The study that discovered this information was conducted by Growella. It is a destination website that analyzes all things related to lifestyle, career, and money and offers advice. The “100 Most Affordable Cars to Lease” study, as it was termed, found that the Mirage had an average auto insurance cost of $35 and monthly gas costs as low as $79**. The overall affordability of the Mitsubishi Mirage can also be attributed to its low starting MSRP, but its great fuel economy is also factored in.

Benefits

Other benefits to leasing the Mitsubishi Mirage – besides it being the most affordable car on the market – include tech features. These include its standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as a Rockford-Fosgate sound system. Swing by Don Robinson Mitsubishi to check it out today.

 

*Starting costs, negotiated pricing, and consequently the cost of monthly payments differ from dealership to dealership

**Automobile insurance and fuel economy varies depending on the individual and a number of other factors

They say music feeds the soul. For that reason, we should be grateful that there are so many great upcoming concerts in Saint Cloud to look forward to. Be sure to put these performances on your calendar and look forward to some inspiring, danceable entertainment this early spring.

The Oak Ridge Boys

The legendary Oak Ridge Boys return to the Paramount Center for the Arts on March 3-5th. This American country and gospel quartet has been around for over half a century and they’ve lasted this long for a reason. You’ll be serenaded with a mix of tunes that’s sure to please. Tickets are $27-34.

Mill Creek Irish

Get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day with Mill Creek Irish. You’ll be out of your seat and dancing with this acclaimed local group as they put bow to fiddle and lips to tin whistle to bring you traditional Irish jigs and their modern counterparts. Catch this show on March 10th at Bo Diddley’s Pub & Deli. Tickets are $12.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

On April 11th you’ll have a chance to hear some legendary big band music when the Glenn Miller Orchestra rolls through town. Tap your foot or hone in on your swing dancing skills as the orchestra plays classic tunes like “In the Mood” or “Moonlight Serenade” in honor of the famous musician. The performance takes place at the Paramount and tickets are $18.

Concerts in Saint Cloud

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