A Sunday Drive In My 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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One of my favorite things to do, for relaxation or just to think, is to take a long drive. But when I left the house yesterday, that’s not what I had in mind. As I walked out the door I said, “I’m off to take a walk!” I intended to head down to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and take a walk along the Sacramento River trail. That’s not where I ended up.

Just moments after I left, the Sacramento River Trail lost its appeal. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to relax. I got on Interstate 5 and headed north. I ended up in McCloud, California.

My 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, parked beside Lake McCloud in Northern California. Get yours at WestMitsubishi.com.
My 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, parked beside Lake McCloud in Northern California. Get yours at WestMitsubishi.com

One of the things I really enjoy about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is how reliable it is. I can be confident that it will take me anywhere I want to go and get me back home safely. Prior to owning this SUV, I’d never owned a Mitsubishi. In considering making this purchase, I did a little research. The 10 year / 100,000 mile warranty is what appealed to me first. If a manufacturer is willing to offer such a warranty, they must be pretty confident in the product they’re putting to market. From what I discovered about Mitsubishis, I’m of the opinion that they are a very underrated car that don’t get enough consideration!

As mentioned, I had no particular destination in mind. When I reached McCloud, I noticed my fuel gauge was heading down a bit lower than I’d like. Up in the mountains, with few fueling stations, the prices per gallon are higher than what I’d prefer to pay. That’s not such a big deal, however, when driving a vehicle that achieves good fuel economy. My Outlander Sport gets 30-34 miles per gallon when driving on the highway. To make myself feel better, I put in 4 gallons, knowing that was much more than enough to get me back home where the prices for gasoline aren’t so high. Now off to explore the area!

After a quick side trip out to Lake McCloud (pictured above – I’d never been there), I headed east on Highway 89 towards Burney. I decided to pull over at McCloud falls and get out my new DSLR (a 24megapixel Nikon D5600). Here are a few shots I took (click to enlarge):

Middle Falls, along the McCloud River, taken from above.  The trail down to the falls is off to the right.
Middle Falls, along the McCloud River, taken from above. The trail down to the falls is off to the right.
Middle Falls, along the McCloud River
Middle Falls, along the McCloud River
Upper Falls, along the McCloud River
Upper Falls, along the McCloud River

With the windows down, radio off, the smells of the forest and the sounds of silence were a welcomed, relaxing, rejuvenating experience. I drive the speed limit, or even slightly under it, enjoying every moment. I wonder… am I the only one who sometimes talks to his car? I told my Outlander Sport, “Thank you!” on more than one occasion.

Interstate 5, heading north out of Redding towards McCloud, passes directly beside Bridge Bay Resort, on Shasta Lake. Taking the time to stop and stretch one’s legs is well worth the view. If there’s a guard manning the entryway, he’ll usually let you park for up to 15 minutes at their top parking area. I snapped this view, setting my Nikon on a tripod so that I could take a long exposure:

Bridge Bay at Shasta Lake, just after sunset.
Bridge Bay at Shasta Lake, just after sunset. Click to enlarge.

My Outlander Sport is the 2019 Model. For 2020, the bodystyle has been changed a bit. Recently, while in for scheduled service, I took a photo of the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport on the showroom floor of West Mitsubishi:

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, available from West Mitsubishi.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, available from West Mitsubishi.

I can’t recommend a vehicle more highly than I recommend this one. If you hurry, you can choose between either the 2019, with the same bodystyle as mine, or the 2020. West Mitsubishi still had a few 2019s in stock when last I visited. I like both styles.

Get yourself a reliable, fuel efficient, comfortable SUV today! Pick up an Outlander Sport!

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