Introducing the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE for families like ours

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Most recently I wrote a blog post about my new self-discovered expression. In that post, I wrote that my goal was to be more fierce, sassy and confident. The plight of many single moms is that after heading off to work, picking kids up from school and getting them to bed there is very little time and light left in the day to manage other things. I had chosen fierce, sassy and confident as my mantra for this year and as a part of my decision making process when it came to what I purchase for myself and my family. I believe a car should be no different.

Getting the opportunity to drive a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE around for a week with my family was an eye opening experience. I am currently in the market for a new vehicle. However, I don’t have time to research all vehicles since I am a very busy mom with school about to start and the AC having to be repaired. I also don’t have a car payment right now and so I would rather save and budget a little bit more so that I can buy a new vehicle with no financing OR I can have at least a 50% down payment towards a new vehicle. Both prospects are very encouraging for me.

For a single mom like me, the prospect of choosing a vehicle that fits your needs can be a bit overwhelming. For my specific purposes I’m looking for something economical, saves on gas, sporty, with a lot of gadgets. I have three children, two of which require car seats so for the next 3 to 4 years I will need room for car seats, double strollers and jogging strollers. I would like a car that will last me ten years.

Since I was 18 I have only had three cars. One was a 1989 Chevy Celebrity while I was in college. That car still runs today and my parents use it to this day. The second was a 1998 Acura Integra which I had till 2008 which I then purchased a 2006 Kia Optima that I still drive today. Technically, if I follow my “car every ten years” rule, I would still have 4 years left before I pick up another vehicle. Considering how sound the Kia is, I would have no problem doing just that. However, I have a bigger family and a lot more responsibilities. When I bought the Kia I had just one child, now I added two more. I also didn’t have this website nor did I do eBay selling. That requires me to need larger cargo/cabin space even though my current vehicle has the space I need. I also need a vehicle that is gas efficient and can maneuver around Dallas pretty easily.

These are just a few of the things that I liked about my time with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE.

What is it?

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE is an affordable crossover SUV. It fits my single family of 4 pretty well but it’s meant to fit 4 adults or 2 adults and three kids. For my purposes I’m the single adult with one kid in the front and two in the back, so it fits us all fine. As a smaller and more affordable crossover, what that means to us moms is that

“You can be a soccer mom but you’re not going to be the raging lunatic driving Gravedigger* around the parking lot of the Wal-Mart.” (*see photo of Gravedigger)

What you will be able to do though is get all of your errands done, get to work, pick up the kids, drive them to recitals, drop off your items to Goodwill, drop off the birthday cookies, pick up the dry cleaning, and head to the wholesale discount club without having to fill up that often. So feel free to wave and honk your horn at the lunatic filling up their gas guzzler. This crossover is actually pretty stylish and streamlined on the outside and I had a lot of people who just got out of their Lexus and Infiniti crossovers at Babies R Us asking me what kind of car it was that I was driving.

Read more about the pros and cons of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE next

Disclaimer: Mitsubishi provided a 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE for a week in order to furnish my review. All opinions presented are 100% my own. For more information please visit my disclosure page.