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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Named Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicle

Three-row SUVs tend to cost a pretty penny, but the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander serves as an exception to the rule. The 2017 Outlander has proven itself both on- and off-road, making it perfect for a family vacation and hitting the trails on the weekend. Capable of seating up to seven passengers, there’s room for the whole family.

The latest model is more than just a spacious three-row SUV, though. It was also declared the “Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicle” on Kelley Blue Book’s top 10 list.

Kelley Blue Book compares the top 10 seven- and eight-passenger SUVs under $29,000. Using the Fair Purchase Price as of March 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander takes first place with a price of just $22,614.

“A 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is about as far from everyday as a 7-passenger SUV can get. With proven off-road credentials, a feature-rich cabin and a great warranty, there’s really very little to argue with,” said the editors at KBB.com.

It seems as though consumers agree. The Mitsubishi Outlander three-row SUV performed just as well this April as the last. The smaller Outlander Sport saw a 2.8% increase in sales compared to April 2016.

We here at Bell Mitsubishi are happy to see the Outlander continuing to perform exceptionally well!

 

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV First Drive Reviews

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Mitsubishi first announced that the plug-in hybrid version of its popular mid-size crossover would be coming to the US in January of last year, and though it hasn’t debuted in the US just yet, first-drive reviews of the 2017 model are rolling in. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to go on sale in the States sometime this summer.

The Outlander PHEV has been a smash hit in Europe and Australia, ranking as the best-selling electric car in Europe since its release in 2013. Recently released in Australia, the new Outlander PHEV has received a big styling refresh as well as engineering updates for better fuel economy and performance.

First drive reviews report that the Outlander PHEV comes with plenty of standard features on its base LS trim, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, and more. The luxurious Exceed trim offers features like heated seats and a power liftgate.

The 2017 Outlander PHEV adds fast-charging as well as an EV mode, whereas previously it was only available in a hybrid drive mode. The all-electric mode is nearly silent, according to reviewers, and it brings in gasoline power when needed for big bursts of speed or as the battery power gets low.

For more information about the upcoming Outlander PHEV, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi Among Most Affordable Cars to Lease

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Getting a new car can be exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s not scary either. Thankfully, you don’t have to be scared when leasing a car from Mitsubishi. Mitsubishis are some of the most affordable cars to lease.

Growella is a website that gives advice on money, and part of that is giving advice on great cars. In a study by Growella, they named Mitsubishi to the “Cheapest Cars to Lease” list. This title is important because you shouldn’t have to break the bank to lease a great car.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is at the top of the list, with low depreciation, low insurance rate, and only $79 as the average amount of money spent on gas each month. Including all of this and the average monthly payment, Growella estimated that the Mirage comes in at only $219 per month.

Not only is it affordable, but the Mirage also has great quality. Its estimated mileage is 39 combined mpg, making it the most affordable efficient non-hybrid car in the country. Plus, the Mirage has plenty of technology, like smartphone compatibility and a premium audio system.

Want a great car but an affordable monthly payment? You can have it all with the Mirage! Come check it out today at Bell Mitsubishi.

Understanding Your Mitsubishi

Car Mileage

Car Mileage

Your car can be confusing, but we are here to help! Here are some tips on understanding how your Mitsubishi works and what you should do to take care of it.

If you see a service light pop up (described as “Routine Maintenance Required”), don’t ignore it! This light might tell you something about what’s going on under the hood under your car. Thankfully, Mitsubishi tells you exactly what maintenance you’ll need on your car with their mileage-based reminder system.

Your Mitsubishi will keep track of your mileage, and along with it, what specific service needs you’ll have. Of course, this isn’t set in stone. If you’re somebody who uses their car for towing or drives in particularly harsh weather conditions, the mileage-based system can be changed to allow for your driving style.

How and where you drive your Mitsubishi can affect how long you go between oil changes. In light driving conditions and mild temperatures, you’ll be able to go 7,500 – 10,000 miles in between oil changes while in moderate conditions you should go 5,000 to 7,499 miles. If you tow heavy equipment or do a lot of off-road driving, you should only go between 3,000 and 4,999 miles between oil changes.

No matter what your service needs are, Bell Mitsubishi will be here for you when those lights come on.

Mitsubishi Lancer Production to Cease

It isn’t too often that we hear of a vehicle ceasing production, but that’s exactly what’s happening to the Mitsubishi Lancer. The Japanese brand cut the Lancer Evolution two years ago and with sales of the sedan continuing to decline, the automaker has decided to cease production. The decision to cease Mitsubishi Lancer production came long before Nissan and Mitsubishi joined forces.

Mitsubishi spoke to the media ahead of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, announcing the decision to cut the Mitsubishi Lancer from the lineup come August. The sedan saw just over 14,000 Lancers sold in the United States in 2016, a 19% drop.

The Mitsubishi Lancer was first introduced to drivers at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, much to the pleasure of enthusiasts. The sedan saw a surge in popularity in its early years, but sales continued to drop as crossovers grew more popular.

While the Lancer may be outgoing, Mitsubishi is bringing in new models to replace it. A new crossover, slotted between the shrinking Outlander Sport and regular Outlander will hit the market in 2018. The unnamed model will see a turbocharged engine and feature plenty of technology.

We here at Bell Mitsubishi are sad to see the legendary Lancer heading off into the sunset for good come August.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi’s popular 7-passenger crossover utility vehicle, has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus for the fourth year in a row when equipped with the optional Touring Package.

The IIHS, or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is a leading auto safety agency that tests vehicles for crashworthiness in various areas, including small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Ratings of “good” in all five tests are required to be named a Top Safety Pick, while a Top Safety Pick Plus has to earn a rating of “advanced” or “superior” for front crash prevention in addition to “good” crash test ratings.

The new Outlander is competitively priced at $23,495 and includes a wide array of safety features like stability control and tire pressure monitoring at the base level, with active safety features like Forward Collision Mitigation and Pedestrian Detection available at the highest SEL trim, which goes for only $29,495—still much less than competitors.

Mitsubishi North America’s executive vice president and COO said in a statement that the company is “committed to safety and providing the best value for our customers” and went on to say that the Outlander’s safety features have been expanded upon even since the 2016 model year. There’s never been a better time to buy a Mitsubishi Outlander, so make sure to check out Bell Mitsubishi for all of your Outlander needs!

Mitsubishi Outlander Sales Hit 1.5 Million

In the automotive world, sometimes what starts with a humble beginning becomes the inspiration for innovation and fresh design. Such is the case with the Mitsubishi Outlander, the best selling, most popular vehicle in the Mitsubishi lineup. The Outlander is celebrating having recently hit 1.5 million in sales. These are sales that occurred over three generations of the Outlander, making this crossover the most successful Mitsubishi model.

The Mitsubishi Outlander was first introduced in 2000, and launched in the U.S. in 2001. Mitsubishi marketed it as an “Active Sports Crossover.” This was the first time that the term “crossover” was used to categorize a special type of in-between vehicle. Now that crossovers are on the rise as the fastest-growing type of vehicle in America, it’s clear that the Outlander paved the way for a new era in design and utility.

That was then, with the first generation Mitsubishi Outlander. The third and current generation has become the face of Mitsubishi and continues to lead car design into new territory. The Outlander is known well for its PHEV version, the best selling plug-in hybrid in the world. As Nissan and Mitsubishi move forward in their recent partnership, it’s likely that they will be introducing more in the way of green energy, which is something to look forward to. Though even as Mitsubishi Outlander sales hits 1.5 million and the car evolves into newer generations, it yet keeps the fun, sporty and fresh style that gave the crossovers their inspiration.

Nissan’s Purchase of Mitsubishi is Official

If, several years from now, you start to notice that the Nissan cars in your neighborhood look an awful lot like the Mitsubishi cars, refer to this article. For a while there has been some talk of it happening, but now Nissan’s purchase of Mitsubishi is official. The company purchased a 34 percent stake, costing Nissan $2.3 billion. In the end, however, such an investment will be worth it, as Nissan and Mitsubishi begin a promising partnership. This purchase, according to Nissan, also increases their stance as a company. They are now one of the three largest by volume companies in the world.

 

However, this alliance is not about Nissan taking over. It’s about partnership, including Mitsubishi’s involvement in Nissan’s relationship with Renault. Nissan and Mitsubishi will now share vehicle platforms, technology and manufacturing. And they’ll share some significant team members, too. Current Nissan and Renault CEO, Carlos Ghosn, has been newly appointed as the chairman of the Mitsubishi board. Mitsubishi’s CEO and president, Osamu Masuko, holds his position as the two companies transition.

 

So what does this mean for fans of Nissan and Mitsubishi? Indeed, the two manufacturers may grow to resemble one another. But hopefully, Nissan’s partnership with Mitsubishi will also make way for Mitsubishi to make a bigger impact on the US market.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept Debuts in Paris

Mitsubishi electrified the 2016 Paris Motor Show earlier this month with the most recent of its plug-in electric SUV concept lineup—the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV. Also known as the Grand Tourer concept, this model is a large and luxurious SUV that has an eco-friendly powertrain that is sure to impress with those families looking to go green.

 

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept styling reflects Mitsubishi’s newest design language. Its Dynamic Shield grille is similar to that of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport models, adding a touch of modern sophistication to the model’s silhouette. Its low roofline gives the concept model a couple-lie appearance, while its maroon-colored roof stands out from the rest of its body.

 

Under the hood, Mitsubishi has combined a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with three electric motors. One of these motors helps the gasoline engine power the front wheels, while the other two are used to drive the rear wheels. By doing this, the GT-PHEV concept has an all-wheel-drive system. This combined powertrain also has a 25-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives it enough range for 75 electric-only miles.

 

This isn’t the first plug-in hybrid vehicle Mitsubishi has introduced to the public. It currently has an Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model on sale in Europe, which it is trying to bring to the American market sometime soon.

 

While there’s no word yet as to whether the GT-PHEV will enter production or not, here’s hoping that the Japanese carmaker brings a more eco-friendly vehicle to the United States.

Last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition Sold at Auction

Mitsubishi fans everywhere were disappointed when they learned that availability on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution would be limited. The good news is that Mitsubishi decided to deal with the last available car in a way that was both fun and good for the community.

 

The last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, of which there were only 1,600, was sold at auction for the highest bidder. A highly collectable car, the Final Edition was the best version of the popular Mitsubishi classic sport compact and many expected the car to go for well over the MSRP. It has an extra 12 horsepower and features upgrades like Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and Brembo brakes.

 

On September 15, the winning bid of $76,400 was placed and the lucky winner drove home with their beautiful Final Edition.
The proceeds went to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County and Feeding America in Riverside and San Bernardino.

 

While it’s unfortunate that we’ll never have the opportunity to purchase one of these cars again, it’s great that the auction went off without a hitch and that so many people will be able to benefit from this fun event.

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