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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage review - Page 2

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage rear view

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Journey's End: Delivers what it promises, and then some

At the end of the day, believe it or not, I'm inclined to like the Mirage. For all of its shortcomings, it delivers what it promises: Dirt-cheap driving. The sub-$14k base model includes seven airbags (including one for the driver's knees), power windows, mirrors and locks, a USB-compatible stereo, and the aforementioned climate control system, and an automatic transmission available for $1,000 more.

$14,990 buys the ES model, with cruise control, alloy wheels, push-button ignition, and nicer trim; that makes it slightly more expensive than the Chevy Spark (which is smaller but better to drive). You can even add navigation and a backup camera to the ES automatic for another $900 -- and so equipped, the Mirage is nearly $1,600 cheaper than a comparably-trimmed Nissan Versa.

The Mirage's cheap-car cred goes beyond the low price and insanely good gas mileage. It also comes with a 5 year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which is two years and 24,000 miles more coverage than most cheap cars. Misubishi has even designed the front-end structure for cheaper and easier collision repair, which should lower the Mirage's insurance costs.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage may not be the most appealing car to drive -- in fact, it may be one of the least appealing cars to drive -- but when it comes to inexpensive motoring, no car does a more thorough job. As a self-appointed cheap-car expert, I approve. -- Aaron Gold

 

What I liked about the Mitsubishi Mirage:

  • Low cost with excellent value-for-money

  • Ridiculously good real-world gas mileage

  • Decent space

 

What I didn't like about the Mitsubishi Mirage:

  • Noisy and agonizingly slow

  • Sub-par ride and handling

  • Unforgiving seats

 

Details and specs:

  • Mirage is Mitsubishi's new entry-level subcompact

  • Price range: $13,790 - $18,810

  • Powertrain: 1.2 liter inline 3-cylinder/74 hp, 5-speed manual or continuously-variable automatic, front-wheel-drive

  • EPA fuel economy estimates: 34 MPG city/42 MPG highway (manual), 37/44 (automatic)

  • Observed fuel economy: 38.0 to 45.8 MPG

  • Where built: Thailand

  • Best rivals: Chevrolet Spark, Nissan Versa, Honda Fit

Disclosure: This test drive was conducted at a manufacturer-sponsored press event. Travel, accommodations, meals, vehicles and fuel were provided by Mitsubishi. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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