The nature trails near Lafayette, Louisiana, showcase the biodiversity which makes southern Louisiana one of the most captivating areas of our country. These nature trails will surely provide you and your family with plenty of outdoor fun and peace of mind. From your friends at Hampton Mitsubishi, here’s a list of the best nature trails near Lafayette.
Park Nature Station
This 150-acre wooded section of Acadiana Park has six miles of trails for you to enjoy. The trails sit at the intersection of two major ecosystems: the Gulf Coastal Tallgrass Prairie and the Mississippi River Floodplain. Look for over two dozen species of vines, over 150 species of birds, and more than a dozen species of non-venomous snakes.
The Acadiana Nature Station Loop and the
Moonseed Loop are the two most popular walking options in Acadiana Park; try
the 1.8-mile Acadiana Loop for a walk along the river, or opt for the Moonseed
Loop for a 2.2-mile hike in the thick of the park.
Beaver Park’s proximity to the Vermillion
River, Spreafico Lake, the Bayou Vermillion Nature Trail, and the Atakapas
Ishak Trail gives you many options for walking and sightseeing. Be sure to look
out for bird nests, beaver dams, and deer paths as you make your way through
your trail of choice.
If your family is particularly energetic,
taking them to Heymann Park is the way to go. Head out for a short jaunt
through the multi-purpose trail on the north side of the Vermillion River, and
see if you can spot the fish and frogs that call the river home.
Lafayette, Louisiana, is a great place the
whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re a resident or are just visiting, there’s
no shortage of fun family activities in Lafayette, whether you’re looking for a
weekend night out or something educational. From your friends at Hampton
Mitsubishi, here are a few of our local favorites.
Museum of Acadiana
While Lafayette certainly isn’t short of
museums or historic buildings, children learn best by being actively engaged.
The Children’s Museum of Acadiana provides hands-on participation so families
can have fun – and learn – together.
Does your family like to go bowling? Whether
you’re showing off your skills on the venue’s 16 lanes, enjoying live music,
eating in the restaurant, or having a drink with friends, Rock‘n’Bowl de
Lafayette is a unique bowling experience.
The outdoor living history museum of
Vermillionville is a 23-acre village called a “folk life park.” The Vermillionville
Historic Village is populated by artisans and reenactors in authentic costumes
from the 1700s, depicting traditional Acadian, Creole, and Native American cultures.
History isn’t the only educational experience
Lafayette has to offer. The local science museum features a digital planetarium
that lets you get a better view of the cosmos, and other exhibits cover everything
from biology to paleontology.
Need a ride to your next adventure in Lafayette? Head to Hampton Mitsubishi for great prices on a new family hauler today like the popular Outlander Sport.
The versatile Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a wide range of technologies to improve driving, including the latest infotainment, safety, and performance innovations. For instance, there’s a smart S-AWC ECO Driving Mode, which optimizes efficiency without sacrificing off-road capability.
The Outlander S-AWC ECO Driving Mode uses
sensors and computer systems to monitor wheel spin, only applying four-wheel drive
when wheel slippage is detected. That means you get the benefit of all-wheel
control only when you need it, conserving gas so you’re not stopping for
refills as often.
“We created the S-AWC technology with the goal of realizing ‘predictable handling’ and ‘high margin of performance’ at a very high level,” explains Mitsubishi in a press release. In addition to the ECO mode, there’s also Normal, Snow, and Lock modes. Snow is great for slippery surfaces, while the Lock mode lets you stay in 4WD the entire time you’re behind the wheel.
The S-AWC is an Integrated Vehicle Dynamics
Control System, as it features advanced technologies to manage driving
dynamics, braking, and power based on road conditions. This feature utilizes
sub-systems like Active Yaw Control, which can control the brakes and steering
to regulate torque.
Be sure to visit Hampton Mitsubishi for an
up-close and in-person look at the Outlander’s AWC ECO Driving Mode today.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a modern take on an iconic
Mitsubishi sedan: the Eclipse. While the Eclipse Cross and the Eclipse might
sound like similar models, there are some important distinctions between them.
The Eclipse Cross bears the nameplate of the performance-oriented Mitsubishi
sedan, but it bears a crossover design.
The Eclipse, a sport compact car that combined versatile design and performance while still remaining affordable, was offered from 1989 to 2012. A favorite among sports car enthusiasts, the Eclipse was eventually discontinued to make room for newer models. Now, the Eclipse nameplate is returning in the form of the Eclipse Cross.
Although the Eclipse Cross takes its name from the Eclipse, it has a bold crossover design, spacious seating for five people, and an impressive fuel-sipping powertrain. The 2020 Eclipse Cross averages 29 mpg on the highway , and the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine also pairs with available Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) to optimize handling on tough terrain.*
The new Mitsubishi crossover also brings a range of smart
amenities, including Mitsubishi CONNECT®, which lets you easily access your
vehicle remotely through a smartphone app, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
connective capabilities, a premium audio system, and an intelligent
touchscreen. Plus, with a suite of high-tech driver-assist technologies, you’ll
have more help staying safe on the road.
Combining the comfort of the old with the innovations of the new, Mitsubishi has brought the Eclipse back with a vengeance. Visit Hampton Mitsubishi today and see why the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the crossover SUV you’ve been waiting for.
At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi turned heads and generated buzz with the unveiling of the new Mitsubishi Mi-TECH CONCEPT. An insanely advanced and exceptionally stylish hybrid off-road dune buggy concept, Mitsubishi’s latest innovation proves that the automaker is set on taking the automotive industry to bold new heights.
The Mi-TECH CONCEPT features a unique drivetrain that can
run on a variety of fuel types, including diesel or ethanol, teasing that
Mitsubishi is interested in exploring a greater diversity of drivetrains in the
Another big development in the Mi-TECH CONCEPT is a new
Human Machine Interface system, which displays data gathered through a system
of sensors. Mitsubishi also hinted that the concept would boast an augmented
reality Head-Up Display that would help the driver operate with confidence in
difficult visibility situations.
While the Mi-TECH CONCEPT is strictly a concept that won’t
be available for our customers, it does hint at all of the things Mitsubishi is
cooking up. If the Mi-TECH CONCEPT information is any indication of where
Mitsubishi is headed, we can all except to see some seriously stylish,
mind-blowing advanced, and exceptional fun vehicles from Mitsubishi soon.
The much-beloved Mitsubishi Outlander is due for an
overhaul, and spy shots from September suggest that it’s right around the
corner. A heavily camouflaged version of the next-generation Mitsubishi
Outlander has been spotted testing in the wild, and we’ve gotta say: It looks
Car & Driver posted photos of a new Outlander prototype that was seen around Michigan last month. Though it’s wrapped in camo, the proportions tell us a couple of things: It will likely borrow some style notes from the handsome-looking Engelberg Tourer concept, and it’s gaining the size needed to move up to the midsize crossover segment. Like the Engelber Tourer, the new design speaks to the quality of “Mitsubishiness” with dramatic body lines and a bold face that even camo can’t cover up.
As for what will engines the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will offer, Car & Driver speculates a 1-2-3 punch of a 1.5-liter turbo-four found in the Eclipse Cross, an available V6, and a twin-motor PHEV powertrain from the Engelberg Tourer. The latter leverages a 2.4-liter gas engine and a twin-motor system for high power output and exceptional efficiency while using the full-time four-wheel drive of Super All-Wheel Control for superior off-roading capability. Likely to hit the Hampton Mitsubishi showroom by the end of next year, we’ll probably see the uncloaked next-gen Outlander next year at the New York Auto Show or at Geneva. Speculation about the 2021 Outlander aside, the new 2020 Outlander has arrived at Hampton Mitsubishi and is an excellent choice if you are looking for a stylish, capable SUV.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is no longer in production, but it’s still a beloved model for fans like us at Hampton Mitsubishi. Let’s look back through the history of the Mitsubishi Eclipse and how it became one of our favorite Mitsubishi models.
The first-generation Eclipse arrived in the United States in
1990. It was designed at the Mitsubishi Motors North American Design Studio and
manufactured at the brand’s plant in Normal, Illinois – but was anything but
This first Eclipse established the model’s performance-ready
power with an available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produced 195
horsepower and had a zero-to-60-mph time of just under seven seconds. Named
after an 18th century English racehorse, this sportscar had precise
handling, a smooth ride, and spirited acceleration, making it a fun-to-drive
As the years passed, the Eclipse’s popularity continued to
increase. It combined function, technology, and beauty to make it a true
driver’s car. Mitsubishi eventually decided, though, to focus toward meeting
environmental targets around the world, and announced the discontinuation of
the Eclipse to focus on investing more in developing battery technology.
With this announcement, Mitsubishi gave it one last hurrah, creating a final special-edition Eclipse. The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Special Edition had distinctive badging, a leather interior with contrasting stitching, and a choice of two engines – a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 162 horsepower or a 3.8-liter V6 that pumped out 265 horsepower.
Even though it’s no longer produced, you can find pre-owned versions of the Eclipse or new inventory of the more updated crossover version of this model, the Eclipse Cross, here at Hampton Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi has built a reputation for delivering cutting-edge technology, and it’s the result of years of Mitsubishi innovation in engineering. At Hampton Mitsubishi, we’re proud of the groundbreaking work Mitsubishi has done over the years. Here are some of the brand’s most innovative developments.
All-Wheel Control continuously reads road conditions to
automatically transfer power where it is needed most. The result is enhanced
traction and handling even when driving in tough conditions, like snow or ice.
Super All-Wheel Control
In 2014, Mitsubishi updated its advanced drivetrain
technology, calling it Super All-Wheel Control. S-AWC features four distinct
driving modes: Normal, Snow, Lock (for off-road conditions), and Eco.
MIVEC Engine Technology
While the fundamentals of gasoline engines have remained
the same for years, Mitsubishi proved that there is plenty of room for
improvement with the development of MIVEC engine technology. This advanced
valve timing electronic control system ensures optimal valve timing at all speeds
for an exceptional balance of power and fuel efficiency.
INVECS Adaptive Shift Control Technology
Unlike traditional shifting systems, Mitsubishi INVECS
Adaptive Shift Control learns your driving habits and responds accordingly by
altering shifting points for optimal performance.
Active Stability and Traction Control
ASC technology employs a system of sensors to constantly
monitor road conditions to optimize stability and traction by automatically
applying braking power to specific wheels.
After four decades of research and development, Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle technology automatically monitors energy flow through the vehicle to create smooth acceleration and ensures optimal performance of all electrical systems.
Recently, the Automotive Science Group named Mitsubishi Motors the “Best All-Around Performance Brand” and “Best Economic Performance Brand” for 2019. Mitsubishi is deservingly receiving these honors for the second consecutive year.
ASG conducted the 2019 Automotive Performance Index Study to determine
the real market value of 1,640 vehicles for the 2019 model year. In particular,
ASG examined environmental, life-cycle and social and economic performance
indicators for each vehicle.
When looking at operating and purchase costs over the first 6.5 years
that drivers own the vehicles, the Mitsubishi lineup was found to provide the
best value, beating the industry average by an astounding 27%. The brand’s fuel
efficiency and light-weight design were some of the key features that helped
Mitsubishi outrank other brands.
ASG also recognized individual Mitsubishi models in the API study. Specifically,
the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage had the best performance of any other 2019 vehicle in
the Study. Accordingly, the Mirage earned the 2019 “Best Economic Performance
Award” and “Best All-Around Performance Award.”
Both the 2019 Outlander PHEV and Outlander Sport were considered to be part
of the Crossover segment’s “Best 5 All-Around Performance” vehicles. Plus, the
2019 Outlander won the “Best All-Around Performance SUV” award.
We at Hampton Mitsubishi are proud to offer Mitsubishi models on our lot. Take a test drive in the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage or one of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander models at our dealership.
Mitsubishi has taken another big step in
corporate responsibility and accountability. Already committed to producing
more sustainable vehicles and products, Mitsubishi recently signed the new
United Nations Global Compact. This initiative brings together companies from
around the world and allows them to pledge to exercise corporate
support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
uphold the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor
abolish child labor
eliminate discrimination in terms of employment and occupation
support and precautionary approach to environmental challenges
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
encourage development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery
These 10 principles are further broken down
into four categories: human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
When Mitsubishi signed the United Nations
Global Compact, the automaker joined the Global Compact Network Japan, a
collective of Japanese companies that all signed the pledge. Mitsubishi is
already working to create more eco-friendly vehicles and a better workplace for
employees, so the company is already on its way to fulfilling the principles.
Hampton Mitsubishi is proud to be part of a company that supports global progress and ethical business practices.