Thanks to Mitsubishi for loaning me this Mitsubishi Outlander SEL for the week I changed me life. Again. Starting Over & My Mitsubishi Road Test Review.

Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Road Test

It wasn’t a mid-life crisis. Let’s call it mid-life wisdom. It’s not like some feeling of emptiness with thoughts about all the things I’ve never done. Although, I’ve been there, too! I’ve never participated in a graduation. Although I had five children and one terrible miscarriage, I’ve never had a baby shower. In fact, I never even had a wedding. I bet you didn’t know that. I don’t know my father. Grandparents were gone from my life at a very early age. I even missed my own menopause. I’ll have to explain that in its own post one day. Time does heal though. I taught myself to stop missing the things from my past and to look forward to the future, so I didn’t miss that, too!

Nah. It wasn’t a mid-life crisis. It was more like a realization about all the things I still have left to do. As I get older, that list keeps getting bigger. I’m passionate about parenting, entrepreneurship and volunteerism. You could sum that up by saying I’m passionate about people. Over the years of having this site, I also became passionate about photography. Capturing people’s most cherished moments make me really happy. I also gained a very different perspective of life while behind the lens. An opportunity presented itself for me to open a little studio and I didn’t think twice.

When making big decisions it’s easy to focus on what we like and want. It’s important that we also figure out what fits into our lives. If you’re willing to give stuff up, that’s okay, but if you’re tying to add something new without getting rid of the old, it has to work with the life you have. The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL was the perfect fit! I’m seriously considering saying goodbye to the minivan, now that the triplets are a little bit old. This Outlander is still in the running. 

I’m busy, spend a lot of time driving, plus I need space for kids and mobile-office equipment. As a family of seven our grocery bill is soaring and so are gas prices so decent mileage in a vehicle is important to me. I spend what I have to, but I’m very budget-conscious. Of course, I like quality and nice-looking things.

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Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Road Test

Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Road Test & Review


  • 2.4L MIVEC SOHC 16 Valve 4 Cylinder
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)
  • Active Front Differential


  • Halogen Lights
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Fog Lights
  • Color-Keyed Outside Door Handles
  • Chrome Beltline Molding
  • Chrome Grille Accents
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Power Folding Side Mirrors
  • Front Windshield and Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Sun Roof Rails


  • High Contrast Meters
  • Dual-Visor Vanity Mirrors with Illumination
  • Cargo Light
  • 8-Way Power Adjustable Driver Seat
  • 4 Wheel Adjustable Passenger Seat
  • 60/40 Split Fold Down 2nd Row Seats
  • 50/50 Flat Fold-Down 3rd Row Seats
  • 7 Passenger Seating
  • Leather Interior with Gloss Black Shift Panel & Accent Panel
  • Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel


  • 7.0 Smartphone Link Display
  • SiriusXM®
  • Digital Radio HD®
  • Dual USB Ports
  • Steering Wheel Audio/Phone/Voice Controls
  • FAST-Key Passive Entry System
  • (3) 12Volt Outlets
  • Power Remote Liftgate


  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Anti-lock Breaking System
  • Traction Control Logic (TCL)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • Three-point seat belts and head restraints for all seating positions
  • Driver’s Knee Airbag
  • Child Safety Locks
  • LATCH Child Restraint System

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Starting my new photography business has been such an amazing experience. I’ve had some growing pains, don’t get me wrong. But, I did it! I’m 45 years old. You probably didn’t know that, neither. It’s not a secret. It’s just not my focus. If I do the math though, at best, I’m smack in the center of mid-life. I’m going to live fearlessly. Opportunities aren’t something I’ll take for granted. I’m excited about the future. I’m looking forward to starting over. My oldest son is now 18 years old. That’s a pretty big milestone as a parent. Life is different. I’m ready for change. I’m willing to start over and over and over. Failure doesn’t scare me. Not trying? That’s terrifying!

The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Road Test was everything I hoped it would be. I took my entire home studio to my new location in just two trips. Gas mileage was great. The ride was smooth. There was plenty of space for my whole family, great control and comfort, plus I looked good in it. That matters, too.

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By: Alicia Gonzalez