The new Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 is a 5-door hatchback with seating for five passengers and an attractive subcompact that not only represents the return of a popular car, but also delivers the best fuel consumption of a non-hybrid vehicle in its segment in USA.
With an initial base price of only $12,995, the new Mirage stands out in its class by delivering an exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 44 miles per gallon of gas, with 37 MPG in the city, 44 on the highway and a combined 40 MPG on models equipped with continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and 34 MPG in town, 42 on the highway and 37 MPG combined on models with 5-speed manual transmission.
This little car features a fortified steel chassis which offers an outstanding safety for the driver and passengers, although also has dropped the weight to only 1.973 lbs. Although its size is a bit small for the general taste of the American consumer, its interior is spacious and nice, seats are comfortable and provide other details which includes cup-holders and a rear space with 17.2 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Inside the cabin stands out the three-spoke steering wheel, and also offers automatic climate control, power windows and AM/FM audio system with four-speaker, CD and MP3 player, USB and iPod connections.
The ES model adds upgraded upholstery, the steering wheel comes in leather with silver trim and offers Bluetooth connectivity as well as controls mounted on the steering wheel.
The engine, with a lightweight aluminum block and the latest edition of the valve system Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC), produces a power of 74 hp at 6,000 rpm and 74 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
This car fits perfectly for those looking for something practical, convenient and economical to move from one point to another, including the pleasure of driving on weekends.
This isn't a super sports car that can make from 0-60 mph in four seconds, but has enough power to pass other cars on the highway, besides having a good turning radius, which is an advantage to make U turns and parking in the city.
Another factor that contributes to improving the fuel economy is the Electric Power Steering System, which offers an excellent response to the driver and easy steering effort on tight turns as well as navigate through narrow parking spaces.
The front brakes are ventilated discs of 13-inch and the rear are lightweight drums of 7-inch. With these brakes the car shows excellent braking control, among the best in its class.
Furthermore, by the use of high strength steel, the body of the Mirage is characterized by an excellent strength and structural stiffness, while also has the lighter body in its class.
It is equipped with a wide range of advanced safety features that help to protect the driver and vehicle occupants as well as improving the car's handling, stability and traction.
Among the standard features of high technology you will find a system of 7 airbags. Front advanced dual-stage airbags, curtain air bags for side impacts, side airbags for front seats and knee air bag for the driver.
It also includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Force Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction Control (TC).
Models And Prices
The Mirage is offered by its manufacturer in two different models, the DE and the ES, being the DE the cheapest one with a suggested price of less than $13,000 dollars that makes it an absolute bargain for anyone interested in buying a new affordable car for this 2014 coming year. The ES model, which includes 14-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, FAST-Key electronic entry and start system. one-touch, start/Stop (OSS) engine switch, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and halogen fog lights, has a suggested price of $14,195. Not bad for such a complete equipment included in a new car priced around $14,000.
The Mitsubishi Mirage also offers a good warranty, one of the best in the industry, which includes: 10 years / 100,000 mile limited warranty on powertrain, 5 years / 60,000 bumper to bumper limited warranty for the vehicle, seven years / 100,000 miles limited warranty anti-corrosion and perforation and roadside assistance program for 5 years.