Who Knew? – New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Loaded with Extras – But There is More

The world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV is here in the US. It comes with all sorts of goodies. Twin electric motors and a gasoline engine to generate electricity or additional power, 4WD, traction control, stability control, yaw control, cameras, laser radar, the list goes on. That stuff is all fancy and necessary, but lets look at the some of the extra cool accessories you can add on your own to make it stand out a little and be special for you.

For the outside how about some body graphics?

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For something shiny, how about a chrome door handle cover, side mirror cover, or maybe a PHEV license plate frame?

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Do You Need It? – Cabin Air Filter

For many people it is more a question of “what is it?” or “do I really have one?” then “do I really need to need to replace it?” For the last decade many of the vehicles on the road have a cabin air filter. It is there to help clean the incoming air into the cabin area. It is usually a pleated filter much like the engine air filter, but its job is to keep dust, pollen, and other fine particles out of the air we breathe inside the vehicle.

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Since there is such a large amount of debris in the air these days it is important to check and replace this filter on a regular basis. Even more critical if there are individuals with allergies, asthma, or other health issues involved. Mitsubishi recommends replacing the filter every 15,000 miles or 12 months in normal conditions. It depends on the conditions in your area. Dusty or smoggy areas move the recommendation to inspecting your filter to every 3,750 miles or 3 months. Check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s schedule.

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Do You Need It? – Roof Rack Base Carrier

Who needs a roof rack? Well, almost everyone has had a time where they just wished there was a little more room inside their vehicle. Whether it was heading to the beach, the ski slope, base camp, or grandma’s house, using a roof rack can be a welcome addition to free up some space for additional leg room or transporting oversize loads.

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A genuine Mitsubishi roof rack base carrier gives you the ability to attach various carriers to your roof. A roof box or ski or bike carrier can free up interior space, but they require a roof rack to attach to. Some vehicles come from the factory with a full roof rack.

Some have raised side rails that go from front to back.

 

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Some have flush side rails that go from front to back.

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These just need cross bars that attach to them and go from side to side to complete the rack.

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Who Knew? – The Effects of Aerodynamics on Fuel Efficiency

Automakers have been interested in the aerodynamics of vehicle design since the 1930s. Recently the effects of aerodynamics on fuel economy have made this a bigger issue in the race to improve gas mileage. So does the shape and design of a vehicle really make much of a difference on fuel economy?

There are lots of factors to look at, but the speed of the vehicle plays a big role in the results. A formula for the coefficient of drag (how easily a vehicle moves through the air) has the force against the vehicle as: coefficient of drag x frontal area x density of air x speed squared. These forces were once physically measured in a wind tunnel, but now sophisticated computer programs can give this information based on the shape of the vehicle.

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In stop-and-go driving, aerodynamics has little effect on fuel efficiency, but at 70 mph you have four times the force working against the vehicle than you do at 35 mph. If you take away ten percent of the drag coefficient in a typical vehicle, you could improve miles per gallon by .5 mpg. In the overall scheme of things, this can be a big deal.

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Do You Need It? – Door Scuff Plates

Door scuff plates or maybe call them door sill plates or call them the only thing between the delicate painted, trimmed, or carpeted areas of the entry way to your vehicle and muddy shoes.

First thing you or your passengers will see when getting into your vehicle is the door sill area. It will make a first impression. Will it be a good one or will it be a scuffed, rusted looking one? With constant wear from shuffling feet getting in and out this area can take a beating. To keep the paint from chipping and the trim and carpet from fraying it may be best to add some additional protection with some genuine Mitsubishi door scuff plates.

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