2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

 The Outlandish Advantage! 

Lately, I have had a run of crossovers as my test vehicles, all with a variety of options and prices. Some of the more expensive vehicles would be dressed in the fine linens as you would expect. Occasionally, you will find a vehicle dressed for the red carpet; however, available on an import-beer budget. This describes the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.

The 2016 Outlander totally changed my impression of Mitsubishi. For 2016, the Outlander has really upped their game in technology features in value, presentation, styling, and performance. It was designed for the family value-oriented customer.

2016 Mitsubishi OutlanderStyle changes for 2016 could add up to a mid-cycle upgrade including the addition of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield front-end design styling. The new front styling continues the character flair to the backend with complementary changes throughout. The result is a clean set of sheet metal.

The 2016 Mitsubishi comes in the following trim levels: ES ($23,890), SE ($24,890), SEL ($25,890), and GT ($31,890). The SE and SEL have optional four-wheel drive ($2000), while the GT comes standard with four-wheel drive. All models except for the GT come with a 166 horsepower 2.4-liter engine and an automatic CTV transmission. The GT is packaged with a 224 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and 6-speed Sportronics automatic transmission.

I was impressed by the clean interior, comfortable seats, and the fact that the Outlander can accommodate a group of seven. If you have fewer people and more stuff to transport, the rear seat folds flat and more than doubles the cargo space. All three rows of seats come with headrests to improve safety. There are plenty of cup holders and storage areas throughout.

My test model was the GT and it included satellite radio and a backup camera, which are all standard. The only option we had was the GT Touring package which comprised of many safety features, such as a navigation system, forward collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system.

Cool Features:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation System (optional feature)
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Paddle Shifters

Safety on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander begins with the standard package including many safety features. These features include: rear camera, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, active stability control, traction control, side curtain airbags, and front seat mounted side airbags.

2016 Mitsubishi OutlanderIn Summary: Mitsubishi is striving to improve its image both in design and quality and become buyer-relevant. Mitsubishi’s hope is that the 2016 Outlander with its major mid-cycle refresh, feature offerings and attractive pricing, will generate enough buzz to deliver the value and benefit message, which in turn, will motivate buyers to add it to their list of choices.


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

Base price:                 $30,995 as driven: $35,195 (including destination & optional

Engine:                       3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC 24-valve 6-cylinder

Horsepower:               224 @ 6,250 RPM

Torque:                       215 @ 3,750 RPM

Transmission:            6-speed automatic

Drive:                         AWD Drive

Seating:                      7-passenger

Turning circle:           34.8 feet

Cargo space:               10.3 cubic feet

Curb weight:               3,593 pounds

Fuel capacity:             15.8 gallons

EPA mileage:              City 20/Hwy 27

Wheel Base:                105.1 inches

Warranty:                   5 years/60,000 miles powertrain limited

Also consider:            Honda CRV, Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Subaru          Outback


Beauty Focus

8 Tips on How to Look Fabulous and Natural for Your Summer Vacation!

It’s almost summer and things are heating up. You’re probably going on trips, exotic cruises and of course, spending a lot more time outdoors. You want to look great, right? Follow these steps below to achieve an absolutely stunning yet completely natural look this summer.

  1. Saving Face: Always remember to remove your make-up at the end of the day. Make sure you cleanse your skin twice and day (morning and night). Find out what skin type you have by a professional, and purchase a facial cleanser for your specific skin type, not a “one-size-fits-all” cleanser.  What most women don’t know is that when you cleanse the skin it keeps the surface from dehydration. If you don’t cleanse the skin it will not breathe properly, suffocating the surface, thus wrinkles start forming.
  1. Daytime Protection: After your skin is cleansed and toned and moisturized apply a BB cream with sunscreen for extra protection. While it is good to get some Vitamin D from the sun, it can be harmful when you get too much sun and burn. A sun burn will destroy the collagen under the skin, and when you lose collagen the skin wrinkles and sags.
  1. Eye Concealer:  Apply a concealer around the eyes for extra protection. Most people don’t think to put sunscreen on the eyelids, so the eyes suffer and wrinkle, looking years older than they are. You can avoid sun damage and droopy eye lids by simply applying concealer. Your eyes will look years younger, bright and youthful.
  1. Sun Glow: Bronzers are great to create a beautiful glow to the skin. Apply a red-based bronzer to the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin area. Choose a bronzer that is realistic to your skin tone color. There are many to choose from, so ask a make-up specialist to help you find your perfect summer bronze color tone.
  1. Summertime Lips: Use colors that are neutral with a bit of color. I like a lip stick with Vitamin E, with a slight tint. Vibrant lips are very popular this season but not at the beach, so wear your lip color accordingly.
  1. Lip Care: Use a good sunscreen on the lips when out in the sun. Sun can burn lips too. Use a lip balm that is organic with vitamin E and with sun protection SPF 20, for optimum benefits.
  1. Body Bronze Glow: Self-Tanners are a wonderful product to get that nice summer glow. Many people have sensitive skin and can’t get too much sun, by using a self-tanner you can get that Caribbean glow without ever going in the sun. Yay for self-tanners! Ongrien has the perfect self-tanner because it works with your own melanin in your skin. It will tan you in two hours and the skin will look three to four shades darker than your natural color. We Love This!
  1. Dry Body Oils: Dry body oils were designed to give the skin a sheen and a glow. After you use a self-tanner all over the body, the next day you can apply a dry oil to give your body a beautiful sun kissed sheen. Kai has a body glow oil that makes your legs look like you just walked down the red carpet. It looks super silky and gives the legs that perfect sheen.

Have a safe and purely fabulous summer!



He Said/She Said with Robin and Shawn

Dear SSHS,

I was out to dinner last week at a fun, new restaurant downtown and my date was rather short with the wait staff who were doing their very best to please her. The drink was too sweet, the tapas too small, I was actually quite embarrassed. She told me she’s going through a difficult time in her life, so do I cut her some slack or is this a red flag?    –Mr. Nice Guy, Walnut Creek

She Said: I’m going to have to go with red flag or at least yellow. The way people treat others is a real indicator of who they are at the core. I don’t change my core when I’m going through a difficult time, do you? If you want to be certain, go ahead and see her again, and make sure you go somewhere where you must interact with service staff. Watch closely. If she’s rude again, you have your answer.

He Said: I agree with Robin but I’ll take it a step further and say that this is a major red flag. Everyone has bad days but that doesn’t mean you should take it out on the staff at a restaurant or complain about everything to the point where it ruins your date. Dating is supposed to be the best part of a relationship and if you’re not enjoying her company on the first couple dates, then the future could be a very rough ride.

Dear HSSS,

My husband and I are divorcing but we still live in the same house until we can make other arrangements. I was gone for a couple of weeks and returned to find evidence that my husband is “entertaining” someone new, in our home! I’m livid but wonder if I have the right to be. I could sure use some perspective.      — Hell Hath No Fury, Orinda

Family quarrel man leaves woman criesHe Said: First off, let’s understand that he’s not YOURS anymore. This means that he’s not YOUR husband, YOUR lover, or YOUR companion. Basically he should be free to do what he wants and doesn’t necessarily need to wait until the ink is dry on the divorce decree. Now, should he have done this in your shared house? It would have been respectful if he hadn’t, but if there was no prior understanding between the two of you regarding this, then I see no problem here. At least he waited until you were out of town.

She Said: I have to wonder about the mindset of the woman who came over and saw all your clothes and makeup lying about. But that’s not what you asked. To Shawn’s point, yes, you might have set up some ground rules while still residing in the same house. It’s not too late to do that. I would have been livid too. You weren’t prepared for a stranger to be poking around YOUR house, and you know she was! It was bad form on everyone’s part, but people do behave badly in divorce. It’s time for a discussion regarding boundaries that must be honored during this very difficult time.

Robin Fahr is a communications specialist and host of Conversations seen daily on Tri-Valley TV, Channel 30 and online at www.trivalleytv.org. Shawn and Robin also host He Said/She Said on      TheTalkPod.com.  Send your questions to www.AskHeSaidSheSaid.com.

May Flowers

At long last, we were blessed with April showers. As we all remember, they bring May flowers. Let’s take a look at some famous “flowers.”


  1. Although barred from membership in the Baseball Hall of Fame, who had the most lifetime hits in Major League history?


  1. What the name the great love of his life, who was married to another, of the Great Gatsby?


  1. What was the name of Lil Abner Yokum’s mother in the classic comic strip?


  1. In what excellent 1979 movie did Peter Sellers play Chance the Gardener?


  1. It was the most infamous crime in California of the 1940s and was known by the name of a flower and its color. What was it known as?


  1. For what 1969 movie did Goldie Hawn win an Oscar?

Families of the Fallen

For many it is the traditional kick-off of summer; a day when friends and family gather to enjoy warmer weather traditions of barbeques, baseball and beer. Invariably however, on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, I feel a tad uncomfortable saying things like, “Have a happy Memorial Day holiday,” as I remember it may not be all that happy for some.

Endless rows of military graves continuing behind the green hill on Arlington National Cemetery in VirginiaWhat was originally called Decoration Day began immediately after the Civil War, as the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers were decorated with flowers as a way to honor the fallen. On May 30, 1868, the first official Decoration Day was declared at Arlington National Cemetery. During WWII it was expanded to honor all Americans who died in military service and renamed Memorial Day, finally becoming a federal holiday in 1971.

Since our nation’s founding, over one million American patriots have lost their lives in war; nearly half during the Civil War and another 400,000+ in WWII. The remaining thousands fought and died in wars since the American Revolution (4,435) to Korea (54,246), Vietnam (90,220), the Gulf War (1,564), and ongoing still, as we wage our War on Terror since 9/11 (7,000).

The sad reality of Memorial Day is that while these numbers represent the highest degree of patriotism and sacrifice, they also signify personal loss. In every case, someone lost a son or daughter; a brother or sister; father, mother or other relative. Someone lost their best friend.

During and after the Civil War nearly every family in America was directly touched by loss so the appreciation of sacrifice was deep and universal. During WWII, that appreciation was still high as twelve percent of Americans served in the military. Today less than one percent of Americans serve in active or reserve military, so we are all less likely to know the personal pain born of a patriot’s ultimate sacrifice; a life given freely for the freedom we enjoy.

As we celebrate our reunions and enjoy each others company in parks and backyards this Memorial Day, let us not forget the families of the fallen. Let’s extend our hands and hearts to those who have given so much, and let them know that we shall forever appreciate and honor their sacrifice.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

He Said/She Said with Robin and Shawn

Dear SSHS,

I have guests in my home quite regularly, and I’m getting fed up with all the dietary restrictions out there. From gluten and dairy-free to Vegans and Atkins, I feel like I’m running a restaurant when people come to stay. Any suggestions?                                             Juan Menu, Lafayette

concept of dietary restrictionsShe Said: Real food allergies and Celiac disease aside, it is not your obligation to check in with everyone coming to your lovely B&B to see what they will and will not eat. People are constantly jumping in and out of fad diets or eliminating food groups entirely, making it very difficult on hosts. I knew someone who went from Atkins to vegetarian in the same week, and expected everyone to oblige. That’s just bad manners. Do not cater to picky eaters. Issue your invitation and let all know what will be on the menu and that they are welcome to supplement their diets with items brought from home.

He Said: There’s nothing worse than taking the time and effort to host guests in your home then hearing them say they can’t eat this or that. It just makes you want to never have another guest in your house again. You can’t be expected to cater to everyone’s finicky food habits or needs so I suggest you politely ask ahead of time if they have any preferences. If any requests are unreasonable, then simply ask that they bring their own food that meets their needs or point them in the direction of the nearest store that has what they want. You’re providing the shelter and basic food, if they want more than that, that’s on them.

Dear HSSS,

A friend of a friend recently moved to the area, and I’ve been asked to show her around a bit and help her get acquainted with the area. I have a hectic work schedule and family life and really don’t have the time. Plus I don’t care for this person much. How can I get out of this?                         Janice, Danville


He Said: It’s always nice when a local can show a transplant around, but it’s not fair for a friend to expect this of you. First I would explain to your friend that you have other priorities and that you just can’t spare the time. Then, I would definitely let the friend know that you’re not fond of this person. If you don’t, this won’t be the last time this newbie reaches out to you. You can ask your friend to keep this info confidential or not, it’s really up to you. Also, there are literally a million social apps and websites where people can reach out and get info or meet people from an area when they move. Let the technology be their friend, not you.

She Said:  It’s time to just say no, and you will be amazed at how great that feels. You have little enough time as it is for your real obligations, and people will always ask, so it’s your job to protect your limited time. But, I do want to play devil’s advocate here a bit. You say you don’t care for this person, but how about inviting her to coffee when she arrives, telling her where some of your favorite hotspots are and giving her a second chance to be someone you do care for. Some of the best friendships start with two people not liking each other that much.  Her moving to the area could be a real game changer.


Robin Fahr is a communications specialist and host ofConversations seen daily on Tri-Valley TV, Channel 30 and online at trivalleytv.org. Shawn and Robin also host He Said/She Said on       TheTalk Pod.com.  Send your questions to AskHeSaidSheSaid.com.