Salutations du Canada! I'm in Quebec City to drive the new Mitsubishi Mirage. Mitsibishi first showed this subcompact hatch at last year's New York Auto Show, saying that it would be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car sold in America -- and with an official EPA rating of 37 MPG city/44 MPG highway, that may well be the case. Mitsubishi has set the base price at $13,790, which also will make it one of the cheapest cars you can buy. (In fact, I'm holding off on updating my list of the ten least expensive cars until I have a chance to drive the Mirage.)
I'll be honest -- when I first saw this car (and heard about its 1.2 liter 3-cylinder engine), I was skeptical. But I've since driven the new Outlander, and I think Mitsubishi is starting to turn things around. Their cars have always been pretty decent mechanically, but the interiors were dreadful -- my biggest complaint about the smaller Outlander Sport. That's changed with the new Outlander, and I'm hoping the Mirage will be a pleasant surprise... on the other hand, I have a feeling that a small 3-cylinder hatchback is going to fight an uphill battle in the US.
So what do you think -- is the Mirage the right move for Mitsubishi? Could it put them back on the map? Or is this the wrong car for our market? Post a comment and share your thoughts. -- Aaron Gold
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