Take Your Mitsubishi for a Hike at Stone Mountain State Park

If you’re looking for a great road trip to take in your Mitsubishi before the summer weather disappears, consider going for a hike at Stone Mountain State Park. The 4.5-mile Stone Mountain Loop Trail is the perfect way to experience all of the most exciting sights in the park.

When you start at the Upper Trailhead on the west side of the park, the first feature you’ll come to is Stone Mountain Falls, a 200-foot waterfall fed from Big Sandy Creek. The beautiful, awe-inspiring falls are a great place for a picnic.

After the mountain, you’ll spend some time making your way up the side of Stone Mountain to the peak. A sign at the top will let you know you’ve reached the summit, which stands at a height of 2,305 feet. You can see for miles from this vantage point, allowing you to enjoy spectacular views of the entire park.

As you continue along the loop trail, you’ll come to the Hutchinson Homestead. This historic spot was the home of a small village in the 1800s. Some of the buildings and furniture have been preserved to give visitors an authentic taste of history. The Hutchinson Homestead also features an old blacksmith shop and a house where corn was dried and stored.

Want to explore the High Point, NC area? You can find the perfect vehicle for your next adventure at High Point Mitsubishi.

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Is Mitsubishi Resurrecting the Lancer Evolution?

The modern Mitsubishi lineup is currently defined by SUVs, with vehicles like the Outlander and the recently-introduced Eclipse Cross. Long gone are the days of sporty Mitsubishi models like the Lancer.

However, recent reports from Autocar suggest that the Lancer could be on the way back in the form of a new Lancer Evolution model.

Supposedly, this new Lancer is the brainchild of Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko. Masuko supposedly wants to reintroduce sporty models back to the Mitsubishi vehicle lineup, and the Lancer Evolution would be the first of these vehicles.

Those same reports suggest that the new Lancer Evolution will be based upon the drivetrain components of the Renault Megane RS. This information actually makes a lot of sense, as Mitsubishi and Renault are currently in an alliance of sorts.

The Lancer Evolution will reportedly bear a similar engine to that of the Renault Megane RS — the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, certainly capable of producing the sporty performance expected from a model like the Lancer Evolution.

Of course, Mitsubishi hasn’t made any official announcements about this new Lancer Evolution, so, for the moment being, its existence remains a rumor. Nevertheless, if such a vehicle does exist, it will add a touch of nostalgia to the blossoming Mitsubishi lineup.

If High Point Mitsubishi hears any more about this new Lancer Evolution, we’ll be sure to update our blog with that information.

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Mitsubishi Raises the Game with Updated Outlander PHEV

If you’re looking for the most innovative electric vehicle on the market, look no further than the Outlander PHEV. The all-new Outlander PHEV is a hybrid crossover that’s incredibly innovative and ready to meet your family’s needs.

While the Outlander PHEV has been impressive in the past, the upcoming model blows predecessors and competitors out of the water. In the upcoming model year, the Outlander PHEV will get an all-new engine and battery pack.

The new engine will be a 2.4-liter engine, a step up from the 2.0-liter engine of the previous year. This change accounts for an overall 10 percent increase in horsepower and torque, but don’t worry — this hybrid is still incredibly efficient.

One of the most important parts of a hybrid car is its battery, and the all-new Outlander PHEV will sport an improved battery. This new battery offers 15 percent more battery capacity, helping you go faster behind the wheel of the Outlander PHEV and drive longer distances on a single charge.

The Outlander PHEV will boast an all-electric range of 28 miles, which makes it easy to drive around town all on battery power. If you need a quick charge, that’ll be easy, since this hybrid can charge from 1 percent to 80 percent in just 25 minutes.

Want to learn more about the Outlander PHEV? Come in for a test drive at High Point Mitsubishi.

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Ever Wonder Where Mitsubishi Car Names Come From?

Some car names can seem completely random, but brands such as Mitsubishi carefully consider naming their models before introducing them to the world. Not only does Mitsubishi want to avoid unappealing names, but they also want the name of a model to match its design and driving dynamics. If you’ve ever wondered where Mitsubishi car names come from, you might be surprised to learn that there’s a lot of thinking that goes into it.

The Outlander, for example, wasn’t always referred to as such. According to The News Wheel, the “Airtrek” is the original name for this vehicle, as it was meant to imbue a sense of freedom and weightlessness. However, such a name doesn’t exactly capture the rugged adventurousness of the capable SUV, so Mitsubishi decided to call it the “Outlander” once it hit markets in the West. The term “outlander” often means to push the boundaries and to come from beyond the norm — a suitable name for a unique vehicle.

The Eclipse Cross also has a unique name, as many owners will recognize that the Eclipse as the name of a sports car offered by Mitsubishi through the early 2000s. Due to the popularity of the sports car, the brand sought to bring it back. However, this time it chose to introduce the Eclipse as a crossover — hence, the name Eclipse Cross.

The Mirage also has a striking name, though it’s been used since the 1970s. The term “mirage” comes from the Latin word “mirai,” which mean “to wonder” or “to look at.” In fact, the word “miracle” and “mirage” have the same root. Therefore, the moniker is particular well-suited for a subcompact model that offers incredible value and a sleek style.

Want to learn more about these innovative Mitsubishi models? Come to High Point Mitsubishi.

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Mitsubishi Takes Third Place in J.D. Power Survey

Every year, the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey asks customers if they are happy with the quality of their vehicles. As one of the largest surveys on long-term satisfaction, J.D. Power is a trusted organization whose results inform countless people when they go to buy their next car. The 2019 edition of this trustworthy survey revealed that Mitsubishi has earned the third-place spot in the results rankings.

The results of the survey indicate that Mitsubishi has succeeded at one of the company’s biggest goals — a complete reputation makeover. Years ago, Mitsubishi began rolling out a strategy to improve their products, starting with the Outlander, as well as introducing more SUVs and crossovers into the lineup. You can see the fruit of the brand’s labors in just one year — between the 2018 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey and 2019’s results, Mitsubishi leapt from 10th place to 3rd among mass-market auto brands only.

When the J.D. Power survey includes luxury brands, Mitsubishi jumped from 21st place to 12th place, making it the top Japanese brand among non-luxury automakers. Despite the jump, Mitsubishi isn’t content to rest on its laurels — the company plans to continue bettering its products and customer satisfaction rating.

Want to drive home in a vehicle you’ll love for years to come? Shop our inventory at High Point Mitsubishi.

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The Best Sandwiches in Charlotte, North Carolina

Whether you’re a long-time resident of Charlotte or you’re just passing through, you’ll never run out of amazing restaurants to try here, especially sandwich shops. Here are just a few of the best sandwiches in Charlotte.

French Onion Grilled cheese at Papi Queso

Food truck Papi Queso serves tons of fantastic grilled cheese sandwiches, but one of its most creative offerings is the French Onion Grilled Cheese, with spicy poblanos and wine-braised onions that imitate the rich, savory flavor of French onion soup.

BLT at Local Loaf

Local Loaf has one of the best BLTs around, with fried green tomatoes and popcorn shoots in addition to the classic white pimento cheese and smoked bacon you’ll find on any BLT. The popcorn shoots add crunch to the sandwich, and their sweetness is perfect with the maple bacon.

The Big Pig at Mac’s Speed Shop

The Big Pig is Mac’s medium-sized Pulled Pork BBQ, sandwiched between the Little Pig and the Mac Daddy. With several different sauces to customize your sandwich and some of the most famous pork in Charlotte, The Big Pig is a must-try.

Chicken n’ Waffles Waffle-wich at Fud @ Salud

Fud @ Salud is known for its waffles, and what waffle place would be complete without chicken and waffles? But Fud @ Salud does it a little differently — here, you’ll get juicy chicken salad, bacon, and maple syrup between two fluffy, crispy waffles.

Vegan Reuben at Bean Vegan Cuisine

This all-vegan restaurant offers some of the most realistic imitation meat you’ll find anywhere, and their Vegan Reuben’s combination of seitan, vegan mozzarella, and house-made Thousand Island dressing pairs perfectly with a Tater Tot Casserole. Check out these innovative, tasty creations, and you’ll see why High Point Mitsubishi is proud to serve the Charlotte community.

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Three of the Best Used Mid-Size Pickups

If you are shopping for a used pickup, you can find a great selection right here at High Point Mitsubishi. To help you find the ideal truck for your lifestyle, here are three of the best mid-size pickups available now.

Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado came back on the market in 2015. It is available with a variety of powertrain combinations for excellent performance and efficiency. It can also tow over 6,000 pounds, when properly equipped. The Colorado is available with a wide range of advanced technology options, including OnStar® with 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capabilities.

Nissan Frontier

If you are looking for a rugged truck that can take you on your next adventure, the Nissan Frontier is always a good choice — especially if you choose the Pro-4X model. Depending on the model year you choose, the Frontier comes fairly well equipped with features like a 7-inch touchscreen, a USB port, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth® capabilities.

Toyota Tacoma

When it comes to reliability, the Toyota Tacoma is at the top of this segment. It also holds its value longer than other pickup models. The TRD Pro model delivers excellent off-road capabilities. Inside, drivers will appreciate the straightforward layout and easy-to-use controls. Choose from a four-cylinder engine or a more powerful V6.

Check out our dealership lot here at High Point Mitsubishi, and we’ll help you find the perfect truck.

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander’s Safety Earns Top Safety Pick

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For the sixth year in a row, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander has earned a Top Safety Pick recognition from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). This reaffirms the Mitsubishi Outlander’s safety reputation.

To be eligible for this award, the Outlander earned the top “good” rating in all crash tests, including the difficult small overlap front test for both the driver and passenger sides. It also earned a “superior” rating for its available front crash prevention technology and an “acceptable” rating for its available headlights.

“As an engineering-focused company, we build safety, quality and dependability into every one of our vehicles,” said Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA).  “Earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick is a key reason for customers to place the Outlander at the top of their shopping list, proving it one of the most competitive vehicles in the incredibly popular compact SUV segment.”

Standard safety features on the Outlander include a rearview camera, seven air bags, Hill Start Assist electric parking brake, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The available SEL Touring Package adds Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, Automatic High Beams, and a multi-view camera system. The SEL trim comes standard with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. Experience the high-tech defenses of the 2019 Outlander firsthand when you stop by High Point Mitsubishi for a test drive.

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