2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

25 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
Mitsubishi Mirage

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

By Eric Peters, Automotive

The Metro#8217;s back!

In spirit if not

And in form and function, too.

thinks the US car market is ready for a automotive minimalism #8212; because so many people minimal money to spend days #8212; and so will a car like the 2014 Metro er, Mirage .

Not since the little Geo sold new in #8217;97) has any major sold a four door (a hatchback sedan, in this fewer than four #8212; and less than 80 hp under the hood.

The Mirage registers exactly the same 37 44 highway that the #8217;97 touted. Sure, it#8217;s #8212; but nothing that#8217;s not a or a diesel (or a motorcycle) can touch thing#8217;s economy right

And with a starting price under $13k, the new Mirage is just about the least new sedan you can buy. Only the down version of Nissan#8217;s has a lower sticker price $11,990 #8212; but the Mirage is 10 MPG more fuel-efficient than the model Versa.

Of course, no such thing as a free #8212; and that applies to the new as much as anything else.

get into that now.

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The is an entry-level subcompact five-door with a price tag of $12,995 to #8212; $14,195 #8220;loaded.#8221;

It is the three-cylinder-powered sedan to be sold in the States since the 1990s-era

Because of its lowball price and exceptional high fuel the Mirage has no direct competition.

will offer a three-cylinder in the 2014 Fiesta in early year 2014 #8212; but it be turbocharged as well as optional . A trim four-cylinder Fiesta starts at $14,400 #8212; so if the pending three-cylinder #8220;Ecoboost#8221; is a no-cost option, the Ford starts out $1,405 higher. the three-cylinder engine will add at another couple hundred to the car#8217;s MSRP.

The other three-cylinder car on the market is the #8212; but it#8217;s a both car and a two- seater car.

NEW

The Mirage name isn#8217;t but the is. It#8217;s the first all-new product in several years and the future viability of Mitsubishi as an may depend on its success#8230; or its failure.

has been struggling ever the disastrous #8220;0 down, 0 0 payments for a year#8221; marketing it tried back in the late The plan attracted #8220;buyers#8221; who a car but either couldn#8217;t pay for one or had no intention of paying for it #8212; but were to take Mitsu up on its offer to let drive around in a brand-new car for for a year. Lots of Evos up in smoke this way #8212; as did cash reserves.

That#8217;s why haven#8217;t been many new lately #8212; or even updates of existing Mitsus.

GOOD

Under $13k #8212; and Mitsubishi#8217;s as desperate as a cougar. Probably, you could buy one the car, not the cougar #8212; for to $11k.

Exceptionally high economy #8212; 44 highway and 37 This is better than the VW Beetle I reviewed last which only managed 28 41 highway.

AC is standard; Bluetooth is

Sensible shoes 14 inch wheels.

You can get an automatic #8212; and a fully modern automatic.

NOT SO GOOD

Metro slow about 13 seconds to 60 with the CVT automatic.

Iffy status of

Iffy quality control of Mitsubishi.

UNDER THE HOOD

The powerplant is a Metro-esque 1.2 liter engine that makes 74 It is actually slightly larger and slightly stronger- than the Metro#8217;s 1.0 liter, 55 hp three.

Fuel efficiency, though is 37 city, 44 highway.

There is not car out there that can touch Not unless it#8217;s a hybrid (or car.

Some comparos:

The 500 three-door hatchback is one of the most new cars available, but only 31 city, 41 highway. The larger 500L has four doors but registers just 25 city, 33 Perhaps because it weighs lbs . more.

Yes, you read right. A 500L weighs lbs. #8212; a pretty automotive body mass for a relatively small car.

The curb weight, meanwhile, is a car-appropriate 1,863 lbs.

this is almost …-ringer for the Metro#8217;s 1,832 lbs.

to the comparisons#8230; .

The Nissan Versa S 31 city, 40 highway #8212; if you buy the cost CVT automatic. The base Versa gets 27 city, 36

It#8217;s not even in the same as the Mirage.

Even the three-cylinder coughs up no more than 34 and 38 highway #8212; and it#8217;s a car you wouldn#8217;t want to take out on the

The pending (spring 2014) Ford Fiesta will reportedly #8212; exceed 40 MPG on the But in addition to costing significantly than the Mitsu, the three-cylinder of the Fiesta will reportedly be sold with a manual

This is probably appropriate the smallness of the engine #8212; and the of performance. When a small is teamed up with an automatic, the are typically not so hot (more on this in a Still, the fact remains most buyers (about out of ten) prefer an automatic.

If describes you, cross the off your list.

Mitsubishi has given the Mirage a modern

The optional continuously variable is technologically current. The Nissan#8217;s step-up four-speed automatic (Nissan also offers a CVT in the #8212; but to get this transmission and decent fuel economy you have to step up to the Plus which starts at $13,790 vs. for the base 1.6 S trim.)

Otherwise, it#8217;s 26 city, 35 #8212; which is borderline for a 2014 model year car.

Ok. Ready for the bad news?

If you opt for the your Mirage will a long time to get going. to 60 happens in about 13 seconds, ideal conditions. To get a handle on how leisurely that is, consider: The Prius #8212; the Prius C is about a second quicker to 60.

A Fiesta gets to 60 in less 10 seconds. The turbo#8217;d three-cylinder might even be quicker that #8212; given it has 123 hp (49 than the Mirage).

On the other if you can handle shifting for yourself, the Mirage is capable of getting you to 60 in 11.6 seconds #8212; slower than manual-equipped cars like the Fiat 500 seconds) but within striking of a Prius C.

Yeah, the Mirage is

But is it too slow?

Mitsubishi Mirage

The answer depends on frame of reference #8212; and you#8217;re comfortable living

For instance, compared to a #8217;97 Geo the new Mirage is downright speedy . The took almost 14 seconds to hit 60. Yet drove it in traffic #8212; and on the If it was doable then, it#8217;s doable today. It just a driver willing #8212; and #8212; to work with the car#8217;s got. A driver who the tricks of maintaining momentum, of the ebb and flow of traffic.

If the light up is red, he will try to pace so that by the time he reaches it, gone green again so he doesn#8217;t have to stop . If already rolling, he#8217;s got a big over even a speedy car is stopped.

I#8217;ve owned several slow cars #8212; that made even a seem like a tri-power 427 One of them was a #8217;73 Beetle I in DC rush hour traffic day for several years. Which can be fun #8212; if you like to drive and if you know how to drive. There is a that contains a lot of truth:

It is fun to drive a slow car fast a fast car slow.

Absolutely.

I lived up in the DC area, one of the most things I had to deal with was something like a new M5 or Viper to drive #8212; and find jockeying for position in the bump-and-grind cars like my #8217;73 #8212; and Geo Metros. I wasn#8217;t there any faster than #8212; and they weren#8217;t 15 MPG.

Consider:

Is it not smarter to the M5, the Viper, the Corvette #8212; the fun whatever it happens to be #8212; for you can have fun with it?

Meanwhile, you can yourself well enough in a car this Mirage #8212; it is driven in its element, which is traffic. True, it#8217;s a bit out of its on the highway #8212; but then, so was the (and so was my old Beetle). Doesn#8217;t you can#8217;t take it out on the highway.

You could.

You just have to its limits #8212; and yours.

The of the #8217;14 Mirage is actually by nearly a foot overall that of the #8217;97 Metro 148.8 inches vs. 164 inches. But as is the trend in new car design #8212; the sits much taller: inches vs. 55.4 for the Metro.

It is several inches wider: inches vs. 62.6 for the #8217;97

What you end up with is a stubby but tall/wide #8212; car that into tight spaces but which isn#8217;t too tight-fitting on the . The Mirage has 41.7 inches of up front, and 39.1 inches of and 51.7 inches of shoulder This is decent #8212; decent, actually #8212; for a

Again, some comparos:

The smaller(and two-door) Fiat 500 has 40.7 inches of front row 38.9 inches of headroom and inches of front row shoulder Its backseat has just 31.7 of space.

The four-door Mitsu 34 inches #8212; exceptional, for a car in size bracket.

The four-door #8212; which is a larger the Mirage #8212; only has inches of front row legroom and a preposterous 30.7 inches of row legroom. That#8217;s less the two-door 500 #8212; and three-plus less than the Mirage has.

It#8217;s also a squeeze in the Ford Fiesta which has about an inch shoulder room in both (50.6 and 49 inches, respectively, vs. and 51.0 for the Mitsu) and just inches of second row legroom Ford has slightly more up front, 42.2 inches).

Versa gives you more space in both rows including 37 inches of backseat #8212; which is more many mid-sized sedans But as mentioned earlier, the Versa#8217;s not as fuel-efficient as the Mirage #8212; when ordered with its CVT transmission.

On the numbers, this like a winner. The sedan is inherently practical; 37 MPG in city is better than several in the compact class manage on the . The base trim car #8212; the one not quite $13k at full #8212; includes automatic control air conditioning (a step up manual AC), seven air (five years ago, would have been air bags than you#8217;d gotten in an S-Class Mercedes), entry and a decent stereo iPod hook-up. Plus windows and door locks.

Really, what else one need ?

And the car doesn#8217;t come things you don#8217;t really #8212; like 17 inch (or 16 inch) alloy wheels and the expensive tires that with those #8220;rims.#8221; as is proper for an A to B transportation appliance, the comes standard with steel wheels and tires cost $70 a piece to replace of $150 a piece. The fourteen have other advantages, too including less rolling (helps fuel economy) and easier to handle (as when you to deal with a flat) smaller and thus, lighter.

offers alloy wheels, LED lighting, parking assist and #8212; even leather #8212; but to me, adding such to a car like this is like the drive-thru kid at McDonald#8217;s $20 on top of the the $8.00 bag of he just handed you.

car makes sense if you stick the program. If you want something than an inexpensive, functionally way to get around #8212; there are choices. But if you mean to keep costs down to the absolute without torturing yourself, one#8217;s an excellent choice.

if you strong-arm the poor bastard to sell you one. Pity salesmen #8212; and dealers. know you know how desperate are.

Make the most of it.

THE LINE

If you missed out on the Metro in the #8217;90s, now#8217;s your to relive history #8212; the and the bad.

It#8217;s a shame America needs a car like #8212; but the fact is a 44 MPG A to B unit you can probably take home for or so is exactly the right car for these wrong times.

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