There are many factors that college student car shoppers have to consider, including budget, credit score, and current incentives for the type of vehicle they’re looking to drive. Although it’s enough to make your head spin, by following these tips, you can save more money and end up with a better vehicle in the long run.

One of the first things to consider is your budget—especially what it will be after you graduate. Keep in mind that it takes many people several months (if not years) to find a steady job after college, so you need to take this into account when coming up with your loan payment schedule. Start with used cars or certified pre-owned cars, as they offer the best bang for your buck.

Odds are, it may be difficult to get a good auto loan if you don’t have a long credit history. While student loans can help to build credit, it may be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to co-sign a loan with you to get the best possible rates.

Be realistic when shopping. Though it’s tempting to shop for new sports cars or luxury SUVs, keep in mind that cars typically depreciate. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to shop for a reliable used model. Luckily, Mitsubishi is known for its durability and its 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Additionally, shop around for incentives. Many automakers may offer special deals for recent college grads or students, including lower interest rates or cash towards your purchase. Even if you’re not sure, it can’t hurt to look online and ask about any incentives when you’re shopping for a car.

Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we’re happy to help you find the perfect car for your lifestyle. Stop by our finance department and talk with our experts to learn more about your financing options.

We all want safe vehicles, and we shouldn’t settle for less. Mitsubishi doesn’t sacrifice safety for anything, which is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently recognized the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander’s safety with a Top Safety Pick accolade.

The Outlander achieved the top “good” rating in all crash tests, a “superior” for its optional front crash prevention technology, and “acceptable” rating for its available headlights. Don’t let the acceptable headlight rating fool you: The IIHS started rating headlights in 2016 with infamously strict guidelines, so an “acceptable” in headlights amounts to great quality.

“Earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick is a key reason for customers to place the Outlander at the top of their shopping list, proving it one of the most competitive vehicles in the incredibly popular compact SUV segment” said Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America.

The Outlander utilizes Mitsubishi’s RISE body structure, which strategically places crumple zones and a high tensile strength steel cage to mitigate the damage in a collision and direct it away from the cabin and any passengers.

All Outlander models come standard with numerous safety features including a rearview camera, seven airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, Hill Start Assist, and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution.

If you’d like to see the 2019 Outlander’s safety systems and have additional questions, call or visit us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi to schedule a test drive.

Here in Minnesota, winter never slows us down. If you are looking for some fun winter activities in Minneapolis, we have some great suggestions.

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Explore great works of art and ancient history with the museum’s newest special exhibit. Pieces from Egypt’s Sunken Cities will be on display at the museum through April 14th.

Northeast Farmers Market

Explore the crafts and goodies from over 35 local vendors at the monthly farmers market. It will be held on February 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Chowgirls at Solar Arts, and once again on March 17. There will also be live music, entertainment, and other activities.

2019 Winter Beer Dabbler

The 10th annual Winter Beer Dabbler will be held at the Minnesota State Fairground on February 23rd from 3 6:30 p.m. This outdoor festival lets you sample and enjoy some great locally brewed beers.

Twin Cities Auto Show

If you love cars as much as we do, make sure you add the Twin Cities Auto Show to your calendar. It will be held March 9th through the 17th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Snowshoe Tours

If you want to get out and enjoy the snow, the Whitewater State park hosts guided snowshoe tours twice a month on Saturdays. Other parks around Minneapolis are up for exploration and offer snowshoe rentals as well.

Minneapolis is never short on things to do in the wintertime, and we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi hope you stay safe and enjoy all that winter has to offer.

winter activities in Minneapolis - St. Cloud, MN

Winter driving is typically not a fun experience. This is especially true in areas that are used to dealing with heavy snowfall each year, like Minnesota. Mitsubishi prides itself on the safety features of its vehicles, and there are ways to get top-of-the-line, performance-oriented driving from your Mitsubishi while traveling in the snow. Here are some features to help you pilot your Mitsubishi in winter weather.

  • Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control: Mitsubishi’s distinctive All-Wheel Control system can handle any tough weather conditions you throw at it. The AWC system was engineered to the brand’s high standards of handling and performance in terms of traction, cornering, and braking. This smart system actively monitors the road using sensors, and it automatically makes power and torque adjustments to maintain traction. This provides the necessary amount of stability and control on slick roads that can make or break your driving experience.
  • Advanced safety: Mitsubishi vehicles offer a wide range of state-of-the-art safety features that help you feel confident while cruising around in the wintertime. They routinely feature things like anti-lock braking systems and active stability control. Other advanced technologies are offered like Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, and Auto High Beam Headlights.

These thoughtful features on Mitsubishis will help keep you safe on the winter roads this season. Visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi to learn more about useful vehicle tools to have while driving in hazardous weather.   Mitsubishi in winter weather

Families and foodies everywhere look forward to Thanksgiving all year long. However, while we all have our favorite dishes, it’s always fun to try something new, too. Here are a few must-have Thanksgiving side dishes that you can try adding to your family’s menu.

 

Butternut Squash Mash

This traditional dish can take you all the way back to the Pilgrims. It is creamy, buttery, and delicious, which is how it has survived for hundreds of years. You can even add a splash of maple syrup to give it a slightly sweeter taste.

 

Baked Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned cranberries this year and make your own. It is so easy and delicious that you will never want to eat it from a can again. All you need is fresh cranberries, sugar, and water. Combine everything in a casserole dish and bake.

 

New Green Bean Casserole

Give this Thanksgiving favorite an update with fresh ingredients and homemade mushroom sauce. Add a bit of blue cheese for an extra boost of flavor.

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

This dish comes together easily and will have everyone coming back for more. When topped with the sweet pecan crumble, it tastes almost like a dessert, so be sure to make plenty for the whole family.

must-have Thanksgiving side dishes

If you find that you need (or would like) a new vehicle to go to the family Thanksgiving dinner, make sure to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi. We would be more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for you.

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.

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