Tips for Winter Driving in Chicago

Check out our tips for winter driving in Chicago.

Roads can be most dangerous in the winter.

Winter can be an extremely difficult time of the year for driving. Even vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander can experience problems on the icy roads. Meanwhile, Chicago is a city well-known for its extreme weather conditions. Therefore, you can only imagine how difficult it is to drive in the Windy City during the winter months! In order to help winter driving a little bit easier, be sure to follow these tips for winter driving in Chicago.

  1. Avoid Cruise Control. Usually when you get a chance to use Cruise Control in a heavily congested city like Chicago, it is quite the fortuitous occasion. However, you may want to rely upon your own ability to speed up or slow down during the winter months, especially if there is a wintry mix on the ground.
  2. Do Not Stop on Hills. Your commute may involve having to ascend or descend a few hills throughout the city. If you cannot avoid this, make sure you avoid stopping while climbing up the hill if possible, as your car could start to descend that hill backwards.
  3. Keep Gas at Least Half Full. Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we are a group of glass half full sort of people, so we are optimistic about driving this winter. Nevertheless, you may want to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times, just in case you need an extra heat source on the road if you become stranded.

Take Your Mitsubishi Mirage to These 5 Best Illinois Vacation Spots

These are the best Illinois vacation spots for you and your Mitsubishi Mirage.

With an EPA-estimated 40 MPG, you can afford to get far away for “vaycay.”

Behind the wheel of the frugal 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, you will save so much gasoline money that you can afford to go almost anywhere. In fact, the new Mitsubishi Mirage gets an EPA-estimated 40 miles per gallon combined.

Not sure where to go with all that extra cash? Here’s a short list of our 5 favorite Illinois vacation spots to help steer you along:

  • Chicago: There’s really no end to the list of things you can do during a trip to Chi-Town, but we recommend the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is totally free.
  • Oakwood: Alternatively, you may want to check out Oakwood, home to the Kickapoo State Recreation Area, which offers wonderful hiking, fishing, and camping opportunities.
  • Springfield: If museums are more your style, head to Springfield, where you’ll find the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, one of the most famous in the country.
  • Lake Michigan: Why not take a trip to the lake? Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and plenty of water!
  • Arlington Heights: Lastly, if you’re travelling with little ones, they will be thrilled to explore the LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Chicago in Arlington Heights.

To learn more about the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi!

Things to Do Near Chicago

Things to do near Chicago

Explore the Elgin, IL Area

With a new Outlander Sport, you can explore the Elgin and Chicago areas. Whether you are looking for some fine dining, special events, or other activities, there are always things to do near Chicago. Check out the events listed below.

According to the City of Elgin website, you can spend the Fourth of July at the local parade beginning at 9:00am at Slade and Douglas. This patriotic event will last roughly two hours, and the theme for this year is “Go for the Gold.” Whether you are sitting along the route for the day or simply stopping by for a moment, this event is fun for both adults and kids.

For those who love beer and wine, the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl is held on September 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. However, be sure to get a designated driver, then come downtown to enjoy some of the best drinks around. This is a great way to support local businesses and to see what’s new in the area.

Though not until October 29 to November 12, the Chicago Humanities Festival is one event you don’t want to miss. Special guests include renowned feminist theorist Gloria Steinem, TV host Trevor Noah, author Yaa Gyasi, architect Marshall Brown, and New York Times writer Thomas Friedman.

These are just some of the many events this summer and fall. So get out and explore the Elgin and Chicago areas in your new Outlander Sport.

Great Chicago Places to Drive to in the Mitsubishi Outlander

The city of Chicago is great during any time of the year. However, Chicago is at it loveliest during the months of summer. Likewise, there is no better time to drive a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander than during the summer. So what better way to celebrate the summer than by exploring Chicago in your Outlander? Here are great Chicago places to drive to in the Mitsubishi Outlander this summer.

  1. The Navy Pier

The Navy Pier is more than just a lovely place to take a stroll. It is also lined with fantastic attractions, which are made even better during the summer.

  1. Lake Michigan

While on the subject of the lakeside, one of the best ways to use your Mitsubishi Outlander in Chicago is by taking a relaxing drive along the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

  1. The Lincoln Park Zoo

When the weather is nice during the summer, be sure to make the drive down to one of Chicago’s wildest and most popular attractions: the Lincoln Park Zoo. There you will encounter some truly amazing animals.

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Texting and driving will only get you and others in trouble.

Incomplete attention when driving is a dangerous road to go down.

It’s the day and age where we basically can’t let go of our phone. But we have to let go of it when we’re driving and here’s why: texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do.

Motor vehicle crashes can come unexpectedly, but if you’re texting, there’s a much higher chance of it happening to you. You’re four times more likely to crash if you’re texting. In 2015, 1 in 4 of all car crashes involved a cell phone. Unfortunately, that’s not the most tragic statistic there is.

Every day, nine drivers die because of texting while driving, and in 2013, texting caused 341,000 motor vehicle crashes. Forty percent of teens say that they have been a passenger in a car when a cellphone was used in a way that put them in danger.

A reported 33% of US drivers from ages 18 to 64 admitted reading or composing text messages while driving. To compare, only 15% of drivers from Spain reported that they texted while driving.

It’s a US epidemic that we need to squash before it grows any more.  Make a vow to yourself now that you will never text and drive again. It can wait.

Mitsubishi Unveils 2017 Mirage G4

The day has come: the new Mirage has finally been revealed. The 2017 Mirage G4 will serve as a sedan sibling to the popular Mirage hatchback.

This Mirage sedan will bring a fresh dose of style and environmental consciousness to the Mitsubishi lineup. The G4 will have the same powertrain of the 2017 hatchback, a revised 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. It will be at the top of its class in combined fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. The G4’s long wheelbase makes for a spacious interior cabin and trunk.

Tech elements make the new Mirage G4 a standout, too. It will be equipped with available smartphone integrations and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you’ll get features usually reserved for higher-priced vehicles in your affordable Mitsubishi.

With the new Mirage, you’ll get everything the hatchback offered with the benefits of a four-door sedan. “The Mirage hatchback and now the Mirage G4 sedan will form a formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA.

Keep an eye out for the 2017 Mirage G4’s release to check it out for yourself.

Mitsubishi January Sales Skyrocket-Thanks to the Outlander

Mitsubishi January sales were up thanks to the Outlander.

The 2016 Outlander has been shining for Mitsubishi lately.

We at Biggers Mitsubishi are excited to know that Mitsubishi crossover vehicles are getting the attention (and sales!) they deserve.

Mitsubishi announced the sales for January 2016, and we are quite impressed. The most impressive fact is that the sales numbers are being driven by individual vehicles.

In particular, the Outlander is leading the carmaker’s sales with the best numbers it has had since 2007. The Mitsubishi Outlander had a 53.8% increase compared to its sales last January in 2015.

This makes January the 11th month in a row that the crossover has seen a sales growth. This is a testament of the impressive 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, as it debuted last year and has been going strong ever since.

The 2016 Outlander has over 100 improvements, including changes to the interior and exterior design. In addition, there are more powertrain options and safety features. The Outlander is clearly Mitsubishi’s most advanced crossover yet, and was even named as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

If you are interested in seeing why so many people are choosing to buy the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, stop into Biggers Mitsubishi. One test drive is all you will need to understand why Mitsubishi January sales of the Outlander are skyrocketing.

IHS Automotive Recognizes Mirage for Highest Model Loyalty

The Mitsubishi Mirage has once again been recognized by IHS Automotive for having the highest model loyalty among Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact vehicles.

The Mitsubishi Mirage continues to stand out as the vehicle to buy for non-luxury sub-compact vehicle customers.

The Mitsubishi Mirage has once again been recognized by IHS Automotive for having the highest model loyalty among Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact vehicles. This is the second time in a row the Mirage has earned the award, proving that great things do come in small packages.

IHS Automotive measures model loyalty based on how many households who own a new vehicle return to the market to purchase or lease another new vehicle of the same make and/or model. The fact that people keep coming back to the Mirage is a testament to the vehicle’s quality and to its ability to live up to expectations.

“Mirage offers an unmatched package of segment-leading fuel economy, attractive pricing and an industry leading new

vehicle and powertrain warranty,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president at Mitsubishi North America. “Our faithful owners understand and appreciate the Mitsubishi Mirage.”

Later this year, the 2017 Mirage will arrive at Biggers Mitsubishi with a refreshed exterior design, better performance, and new technology. We don’t expect that IHS Automotive Model Loyalty award to go anywhere, that’s for sure!

 

Mitsubishi Crossovers and EVs Are the Future

Mitsubishi crossovers and EVs are the heart of our OEM's bright future.

The lineup of Mitsubishi is changing.

Mitsubishi has been on the rise lately. December 2015 marked the automaker’s 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, and sales were up 23% over the year as a whole compared to 2014.

According to Ken Konieczka, Mitsubishi’s vice president of sales operations, there’s no reason to believe that this trend will stop, especially since the company will be pouring its energy into developing electric vehicles and crossovers in the coming years.

The first new vehicle to arrive at Biggers Mitsubishi will be a brand-new CUV in early 2018, based on the eX Concept that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The next-gen Outlander will be larger while the next-gen Outlander Sport will be smaller, and both will receive EV variants.

That being said, it won’t all be Mitsubishi crossovers and EVs for the future. The updated Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan will come to Biggers Mitsubishi later this year as well, bolstering our already strong lineup!

Mitsubishi Will Reveal Outlander PHEV at Paris Motor Show

The Outlander PHEV is debuting at the Paris Auto Show.

Could the Mitsubishi Outlander lineup be adding a plug-in vehicle in the US?

The Paris Motor Show just got underway, after weeks and weeks of anticipation. The reveal we’re most excited for at Biggers Mitsubishi is that of the Outlander plug-in, which has already been rumored to come to the United States next fall as a 2016 model.

The Outlander PHEV is expected to stand out with massively improved styling and material quality, which Mitsubishi claims will fit within a new “Sporty and Sophisticated” design theme.

From what we know of its appearance already, the new PHEV has hit the mark. An updated horizontal grille leads to reshaped headlights, on top of a better integrated air dam in sexy black and chrome accents. The overall result is a much sleeker, attractive look that’ll have people turning heads at the Motor Show and, we suspect, in the streets next year.

Inside, Mitsubishi says passengers will find black wood grain trim and silver accents throughout the cabin, hand-stitched leather seats, and a new center console inspired by Japanese black lacquer boxes.