St. Cloud parks offer great opportunities for you and your family to get out into nature. Local parks provide hiking trails to traverse on a sunny Minnesota day, and these are the nature spots nearby that we recommend.

Munsinger Gardens

Munsinger Gardens sits along the banks of the Mississippi River across from St. Cloud State University. Miles of winding paths give you a chance to get out into the fresh air and sunshine without traveling very far. They’re open daily during the spring, summer, and fall.

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

There is plenty of nature to see at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. It is a wildlife sanctuary through August 31, and offers hiking trails, fishing spots, and a canoe route. Some areas are open to hunting after September 1, so check the park website for information before you go. The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day in season.

Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

Spanning 684 acres, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve is the largest park in Stearns County. The land consists of woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and rock formations, with many species of native plants here.  The Park is open from 8:00 AM to sunset year-round, and parking permits are required.

For an eco-friendly vehicle to explore Minnesota in with your family and take on a scenic road trip, check out the Mitsubishi Outlander or Outlander PHEV at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Have you ever wondered how cars get their unique names? Here is an explanation of the names of Mitsubishi models you’ll find at Don Robinson Mitsubishi in Saint Cloud, MN.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander was first known as the Airtrek when it debuted in Japan. Mitsubishi wanted to give buyers the feeling that they were “free as a bird” in this full-size SUV. The focus eventually shifted instead on the model’s adventurous nature and the name changed to one embodying the wild Australian lands. The Outback is Mitsubishi’s best-selling model in the U.S. and is also available in a Sport version or as an electric vehicle.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The first Mitsubishi vehicle to bear the name of Eclipse was a sporty compact. According to Mitsubishi Motors, the Eclipse was named after a victorious English racehorse that had dominated in two dozen races. When the automaker decided to retire the Eclipse and expand its crossover offerings, Mitsubishi kept the name and added “Cross” to it.

Mitsubishi Mirage

The name Mirage comes from the Latin word “mirai” and that translates to “to wonder at or look at” in English. The original Mirage model is one of Mitsubishi’s oldest offerings, but it left the market in 2003. However, it was so popular that Mitsubishi brought it back in 2012 and buyers continue to look at it today.

The Mitsubishi Outlander, Eclipse Cross and Mirage have unique names that reflect their personalities, and these models are available at Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.

Mitsubishi has make impressive strides year after year, as seen in the scores from the J.D. Power 2020 Customer Service Index (CSI) Study. The American branch of Mitsubishi has seen a 61-point growth on the CSI study since 2016. This year’s increases include high marks on performance and improved customer satisfaction for Mitsubishi drivers.

In the last 18 months, Mitsubishi of America has committed to better corporate and retail operations to aid you on the shopping, purchase, and service of your vehicle.

It has resulted in a 20-point increase for the last couple years on facility satisfaction, with notable improvements to dealership amenities and waiting areas to expand your family’s experience. Nearly half of customers surveyed gave their facility a “10” rating. That’s better than the non-premium average. The study looks at five areas: service initiation, vehicle pick-up, service facility, service quality, and service adviser.

For the second year in a row, Mitsubishi has placed first in the non-premium segment for its Fixed Right First Time ranking. That’s good news for your family, because when you take your Mitsubishi in to Don Robinson Mitsubishi for service, we take the stress out of maintenance. It’s fixed the right way, the first time.

With its high ratings from a trusted source like J.D. Power, your family can rest easy whenever you need maintenance from Don Robinson Mitsubishi in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Call or schedule an appointment online to service your Mitsubishi.

Tires are essential components of your Mitsubishi and need to be properly cared for so they can handle the road. If you want to help your tires last longer and prevent them from needing replaced, be sure to follow these tire care suggestions.

Inspect the air pressure

It’s a good idea to check your tires’ air pressure monthly to ensure they’re properly inflated. Under-inflated tires have more contact with the road, which can cause more wear and tear. Over-inflated tires can also be an issue since they increase your risk of a blowout. Stick to the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle.

Get an alignment 

Regularly visiting our service department at Don Robinson Mitsubishi to get a tire alignment can help prevent your tires from wearing unevenly. If they haven’t had an alignment in a while and you notice that the tire tread is wearing down more on one side than the other, they are likely due for your next alignment.

Have your tires rotated

Tire rotations are an important part of your vehicle’s maintenance. Moving the tires to different positions allows the tires to wear more evenly, which can help them last longer. Depending on the Mitsubishi model, you may need to have your tires rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles.

These suggestions are simple ways to ensure you get the most out of your tires. When you need routine maintenance or tire replacements, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi have a fantastic service department that can assist you.

Your family is growing and that little two-door sedan just isn’t cutting it. What you need is a crossover or SUV like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Outlander.

Families have a lot of stuff

The larger your family, the more stuff you need to take with you wherever you go. It starts with car seats and diaper bags, then moves on to sports equipment and camping gear. A crossover offers the cargo space that families need to haul all this stuff for every stage of life.

The Eclipse Cross offers 22.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, while the Outlander has 34.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row when the third row is folded down. Unlike a truck, a crossover carries cargo in an enclosed and weather-proof space; not to mention being much easier to park.

Bringing friends along

It’s much easier to get in and out of the second row of seating in a crossover or SUV than in a sedan. The Eclipse Cross has two rows of seating and can carry five passengers, while the Outlander has a third row and can carry seven people.

Safety

Crossovers come with many safety features built into the design and construction of the vehicle, as well as technological assists to help drivers stay away, keep to their lane, or avoid collisions. The Outlander also has LED headlights and optional fog lights to let you see what’s coming.

When you’re looking for the perfect ride for your family, look no further than the affordable and classy lineup available at Don Robinson Mitsubishi in St. Cloud.

Snow tires (also known as winter tires) are crucial for any Minnesotan during the winter. The Land of 10,000 Lakes quickly becomes the land of 10 inches of snow during the coldest months, meaning that roads are more dangerous. Since they are specially built to be at their best in frigid, icy conditions, you should use snow tires to make sure you have control of your vehicle through these rough months.

Modern-day snow tires are made from a rubber compound which maintains its flexibility when temperatures dip below 45 degrees, meaning they won’t freeze and stiffen up when the coldest days hit. The tread patterns are far more aggressive, making them optimal for gripping onto the snow and ice which will cover the roads throughout the winter months.

Wider grooves allow snow tires to hug snowy roads and to quickly lose the slush which can accumulate inside thinner channels. Siping patterns in snow tires provide extra biting edges for better traction on ice.

Life in Minnesota demands snow/winter tires. You need tires that can deal with the winter as well as you and your family. All-season tires and summer tires cannot match the performance of winter tires during the season for which they’re named.

Does your car need snow tires? Contact us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi and we’ll be happy to help.

Winter in St. Cloud always means one positive thing: skiing season is here. Whether you’re just figuring out how to master the pizza and french fries technique or a seasoned pro hunting black diamonds, you’ll have a grand time at some of the best places to ski in Minnesota.

Andes Tower Hills

A short shot westbound on I-94 brings you to Andes Tower Hills in Kensington, which features 15 different downhill runs for skiers of all skill levels. If you’re in search of a challenge, you’ll get exactly that on the Worm Gear and Little America runs. For those just starting out, Andes Tower Hills has an ample Terrain Park for practice as well as available instruction.

Powder Ridge

St. Cloud’s favorite and most accessible ski resort is Powder Ridge, which sits under half an hour outside of the city. Popular for its affordable admission — including events like Two for Tuesdays and Wild Wednesday — Powder Ridge is a beloved destination for first dates, outings with friends, or just breaking away for a good time after a busy week at work. If you’ve never been to one of the resort’s Lazer Light Tubing nights, you’re missing out.

Como Park Ski Center

The Como Park Ski Center in St. Paul offers 15 skiable, beautifully maintained acres of terrain perfect for all ages and experiences. The center is a great place to take your young ones if you want them to learn the ropes, offering affordable lessons for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. Better still, it’s close to Lake Como and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, so it’s a great place for a full family outing.

If you love to ski, you’ll love the new Mitsubishi crossover family. From the Eclipse Cross to the Outlander Sport to the Outlander, Mitsubishi crossovers provide comfort for as many as six passengers while leaving plenty of space for your skis and gear. What’s more, with available All-Wheel Control and Super All-Wheel Control, they’ll handle just about anything the St. Cloud winter weather can throw at them. Check out our great stock of new Mitsubishi crossovers when you visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi and get started toward your next new adventure.

The Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept recently premiered at the Tokyo Auto Show, revealing the future of Mitsubishi innovation. The Mi-Tech Concept evidences the brand’s commitment to sustainable engineering, yet it doesn’t compromise on power or style. In particular, the model’s turbine-powered engine can run on a variety of fuels other than gasoline and alcohol.

Currently, the Mi-Tech Concept features a compact, convertible SUV design that’s well-suited to navigate tight city streets and a variety of off-road terrains. Perhaps the most exciting feature is the compact turbine that replaces a traditional gasoline engine and pairs with a hybrid-electric generator. This model can run on diesel or ethanol.

The Mi-Tech Concept also has an electric 4WD system. This Quad Motor 4WD feature has front and rear Dual-Motor Active Yaw Control, which improves turning and traction performance thanks to high response and accuracy control. The drivetrain allows it to perform 180-degree turns thanks to counter-rotating left and right tires.

We also learned that Mitsubishi is developing a human-machine interface that works through an augmented reality Head-Up Display. Projecting important information onto the windshield and scanning the road ahead, this system will let you stay connected without taking your eyes off the road.

The Mi-Tech Concept reveals what Mitsubishi has in store for its drivers in the future. For the current lineup of high-tech Mitsubishi cars, browse our selection at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

It has been a while since the Mitsubishi Outlander had a redesign, so the much-anticipated next-generation Outlander will be coming into the spotlight in 2021. Here’s what we know so far.

The current-generation Outlander first debuted in 2014, so a redesign is definitely welcome, and new spy photos have spotted an Outlander prototype testing in the Midwest. Despite its camouflage, the new Outlander already gives us a few hints about its future. It will likely be bigger, sitting on a larger platform. Its blunt nose and headlight design give the impression it will be taking design cues from the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept.

Reporters guess that the next Outlander will house the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross uses, generating 153 horsepower, though the Outlander could muster more power.

An exciting possible option is a plug-in hybrid version. Working off the Engelberg Tourer concept, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder twin-motor design would be the engine of choice in the 2021 Outlander, giving the Outlander great fuel economy rates. Mitsubishi has even made claims that the engine could deliver 43 miles on the electric engine alone.

Although not much is known as of yet, the prototype is definitely making for an exciting spring when the automaker is sure to release more details. Keep in touch with Don Robinson Mitsubishi to learn more when the redesigned 2021 Outlander debuts.

Mitsubishi engineers push to develop cutting-edge technology to improve performance, safety, and efficiency. Read about some of Mitsubishi’s milestones of innovation.

  • MiEV Technology: The Mitsubishi innovative Electronic Vehicle technology is the product of 40 years of engineering, creating a system to oversee and distribute power to the vehicle. The result of MiEV is a smooth acceleration experience and a fuel-efficient drive.
  • Active Stability and Traction Control: Active Stability and Traction Control uses sensors and the anti-lock brake system to ensure your safety on road, even in hazardous conditions. This feature is standard in the majority of Mitsubishi vehicles sold today.
  • INVECS Adaptive Shift Control: The INVECS Adaptive Shift Control technology learns how you tend to drive and modifies the behavior of the transmission to customize your commute.
  • MIVEC Engine Technology: MIVEC Engine Technology provides optimized timing of the valve to find a balance between fuel economy and power.
  • All-Wheel Control: By feeling the condition of the road for ice, snow, or other obstructions, the All-Wheel Control system automatically sends power to the wheels that have the most available traction.
  • Super All-Wheel Control: Super All-Wheel Control is a 2014 improvement of the All-Wheel Control system that lets drivers select from four driving modes: Normal, Lock, Snow, and AWC Eco.

Contact the sales associates at Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a test drive to check out some of these incredible technologies for yourself.

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