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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Debut

Signs of life in the form of fuel economy

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What's New

Fuel economy is the name of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage's game, and it's playing to win. Mitsubishi claims that when mated with a continuously variable transmission, the latest Mirage will be rated at 37 city, 44 highway, and 40 mpg combined. Other standard features include a 60/40 split folding rear seat, automatic climate control, and a four speaker system with a USB and iPod jack. The real focus with the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage though is the estimated fuel economy ratings. If the estimates hold true, and they're expected to, Mitsubishi may be headed in the right direction again.

Who It's For

Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but we expect the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage to have a smaller price tag, making it attractive to those who don't want to spend a lot of cash, but still want big fuel economy numbers. The Mirage is light on standard features but you can also expect to spend less time at the pump. Those who are into the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt now have a much cheaper alternative (to the Volt, anyway) as it's very unlikely the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage will command a similar price tag to the aforementioned vehicles.

Key Features

Mitsubishi's five-door subcompact hatchback is sparse when stock but that can be changed with a simple check of the option box. Some standard and available features include:
  • Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic
  • Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist on models equipped with a CVT
  • Electric power steering
  • Available navigation system, rearview camera, parking assist, and LED interior lights

What We Think

We're not expecting the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage to set the world on fire, but it definitely gives the struggling Japanese automaker a fighting chance. With an estimated fuel economy of 37 city, 44 highway, and 40 mpg combined, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage will look to carve out its own little niche in the subcompact segment, but it's unknown how it will fare. The Toyota Prius has long reigned supreme as the leader of fuel efficiency and capability but we're interested in seeing how the Mirage will compare. We'll know more once we get the Mirage out from all the bright lights of New York City and out onto the congested roads in Los Angeles when it goes on sale later this fall so stay tuned.

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Re: comparing the Mirage to the Volt or Prius ...  

The Mirage will probably earn dedicated fans because of its stellar fuel economy, but how realistic is it to expect someone to cross-shop a Volt or Prius against a wee entry-level car? I don't think even Mitsu is expecting that.  Spark or Yaris cross-shopping seems more likely.