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

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a tried and true option for those shopping for a crossover. Crafted with elegant design and filled with cool features, the Outlander Sport has always offered a lot of bang to the buck. Early this February, this crossover was made even more appealing by the debut of the new 2017 Outlander Sport Limited Edition—LE for short. The Outlander Sport LE was revealed at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show and stays true to the Mitsubishi standards by offering lots of value for an affordable price tag.

The 2017 Outlander Sport LE is the second highest trim level, following the base model. This sophisticated crossover will turn heads with its modern design. An alloy fuel door matches the 18-inch alloy wheels. The alloy touches are complemented by black painted door mirrors, plus notable lighting like HID headlamps and fog lamps.

The inside of the Outlander Sport LE has its own stylish touches. Red stitching on the steering wheel, brake lever and shift knob plus aluminum pedals make the roomy interior pop. There’s extra comfort in the heated seats. Handy technology includes a rearview camera plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for advanced smartphone integration during every drive. The 2017 Outlander Sport LE offers all of this, plus the same reliable performance to be expected in a Mitsubishi, making it an irresistible choice.

Outlander Sport Limited Edition

Mitsubishi's New Crossover

Mitsubishi’s new crossover has been in the works for quite some time, and now it looks like we’ll be getting an official debut. The 2017 Geneva Motor Show takes place in March, and, following the teaser photo the automaker released not too long ago, that’s where we’ll see it live. Best of all, the new model won’t premiere as a concept vehicle, but rather as a production vehicle!

Look

The new compact crossover is both sporty and coupe-like. The teaser photo reveals the profile which matches the description pretty well. The C-pillar and beltline offer a look that’s nearly spot-on. The front end looks similar to the Outlander’s, due largely in part to the similar headlights. The utility vehicle will be slotted between the Outlander Sport and standard Outlander models.

Availability

The Outlander Sport is expected to shrink and the standard Outlander will grow slightly between 2019 and 2020. The new model will likely arrive in the United States in early 2018.

Keep an eye out for Mitsubishi’s new crossover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7th. There’s no pricing available just yet, but knowing Mitsubishi, the compact crossover will be a true value.

We here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi can’t wait for the official unveiling of the new Mitsubishi crossover.

Hitting the road for a winter vacation isn’t like traveling during the summer months. Winter brings harsh weather that can dramatically change familiar roadways until they’re nearly unrecognizable. Sleet, snow, and ice are all factors that drivers have to be aware of. Here are some excellent travel tips for winter from us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Travel Tips for Winter

Watch the Weather

Keeping an eye on your local weather forecast and the forecast of where you will be headed is one way to avoid harsh weather. Knowing that snow or ice is incoming will help you prepare accordingly, both physically and mentally. Take a few minutes out of your preparations to look at the weather.

Slow Down

Everything takes longer on slick roads. Turning, braking, and accelerating all see significant delays depending on how bad the roads are. Take the time to slow down to give yourself more time to react to unexpected situations. Your car (and your heart) will thank you.

Familiarize Yourself with Roadside Assistance

In the event that you do end up on the side of the road, it always helps to have a roadside assistance service that can help. Some automakers provide a few years of roadside assistance with the purchase of a new vehicle. Independent organizations, like AAA, offer paid subscriptions as well.

It’s winter, which means you’re trapped inside, which means you’re probably starting to go a little stir crazy. Here are some tips for avoiding cabin fever until the weather warms up.

Plan Activities Ahead of Time

Make a list of books you want to read, print out crossword puzzles, find simple game apps, take on a new project—anything you can do to kill time. It has the bonus side effect of making you feel more accomplished.

Don’t Sleep In

This might seem counter-intuitive, as you might feel like you have nothing better to do and that sleep is something that will make time go faster. However, it’ll just make you feel sluggish and irritable. There is such thing as too much sleep.

Go Outside

Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, put on your coat and head outside for some fresh air and sunlight.

Eat Healthy Food

High-fat, high-carb foods—you know, the kind of stuff we snack on when it’s freezing outside – has the nasty side effect of making us feel terrible. Keep your energy and happiness levels up with a better diet.

Balance Social Time and Alone Time

If you’re alone all the time, you’ll get bored, and if you’re around people all the time, you’ll feel overwhelmed. Try to balance the two.

Avoiding fever isn’t that bad, huh? It may feel difficult to motivate yourself at first, but once you make yourself more active, keeping your own routine will come more naturally.

The holiday season can take a lot out of you. All that budgeting, running around searching for the perfect presents, decorating, and preparing food for family gatherings requires a lot of energy. However, if you want to go into the new year feeling refreshed and re-energized, here are some going tips for kicking off the beginning of January by getting back into the groove after the holidays.

  • Sleep More: With all that running around to attend friend and family events, you’ve probably exhausted yourself by having an inconsistent sleep schedule. Get back on a normal routine.
  • Minimize Stress: Fatigue builds up over the holiday season. Make a point to take some time out of the day just to meditate or have quiet time.
  • Exercise and Eat Right: Let’s face it—everyone’s diet takes a nosedive during Christmas. You probably didn’t have time to work out, either. Focus on a balanced diet and exercise plan, and you’ll feel better in no time.
  • Get Your Finances on Track: All those presents are expensive! Hold onto all those gift receipts, balance your checkbook, and give yourself a budget. You’ll be glad you did later.
  • Organize Your Life: While you were cleaning the entertaining areas of your home for the holidays, you may have let your other routines fall to the wayside. Stay on top of domestic chores and, now that you’re settled, make time for your family, too.

After the holidays, you might feel like you’re sliding down a slippery slope, but just a few more days of resting and preparing can make you feel brand new.

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