Category: Winter

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.

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

Family Features in the Eclipse Cross | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN

As the winter approaches, many families across the country head indoors, but not here in Minnesota. Most Minnesotans love the winter and all the fun it entails. However, one important part of good winter fun is having a vehicle that can get you there. With the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, nothing will stand in your way.

There are some great family features in the Eclipse Cross that make it an ideal choice for any adventure-loving troop. The available all-wheel drive will help keep you on the right path. Add in the heated seats, for both the front and rear seats to stay warm and cozy all season long.

Inside, there is plenty of available technology. Add the available head-up display to get all the information you need with crisp color. The touchpad controller, high-resolution touchscreen, and great connectivity make the Eclipse Cross’s technology easy for everyone to use.

To help keep everyone safe, the Eclipse Cross also has a suite of available safety technology, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we think the Eclipse Cross is a fantastic addition to the Mitsubishi lineup. It will be arriving on our showroom floor early next year.

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.