2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

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    2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    From the moment we first laid eyes on the Mirage, we were pessimistic. Forgettable styling, a miniscule engine, a sub-$14k price tag and Mitsubishi's penchant for low-rent interiors -- none of it boded well for the baby Mitsubishi, nor did the fact that the Mirage was originally designed for developing markets like Thailand, where it is built.

    And yet point-by-point, the Mirage makes a passable attempt to address all of our concerns.

    The Mirage's body was designed for aerodynamics rather than style. The shape may be plain, but Mitsu has dressed it up with bright paint colors named by their Facebook fans: Plasma Purple, Kiwi Green, Sapphire Blue and Infra-Red. (The less-adventurous can get their Mirage in black, white, gray or silver.) 14-inch wheels – the smallest we've seen on a new car in recent memory -- and tall, skinny tires help mask the Mirage's tiny size, which is 4-inches longer than a Chevy Spark but a foot shorter than a Honda Fit.
    To read this complete review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage visit AutoGuide.com

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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    Raise your hand if you think Mitsubishi will still be in business 10 years from now in the U.S. to honor your powertrain warranty

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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCritical View Post
    Raise your hand if you think Mitsubishi will still be in business 10 years from now in the U.S. to honor your powertrain warranty
    Can't figure out why Mitsubishi and PSA aren't working on more collaborative projects. A tweaked Peugeot 508 and 208 would be welcome in the US market.

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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    I still remember 14 inch wheels being on the highest levels of economy cars, while 13 inch was standard.

    Anyway, if this becomes a sales success it would mainly be attributable to cheapness. The problem is that the car is so *blah* looking I don't think it telegraphs: "Wouldn't you like to own one? Wouldn't you like to know who made this?"

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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    I saw a new Dart with auto advertised for 13 grand in the morning paper.

    I wish these testors would include actual specs, such as overall length etc. etc. blah blah blah since their length references don't fall readily to brain.

    Fourteen inch wheels were standard on some pretty big cars in the 60s and 70s. Yes, a bygone era. My 67 Catalina at something like 220" OAL, 78" wide, and sporting two tons of swoopy styling had 815.78.14 or something like that as stock.

    Which is more ridiculous looking, 14-inchers on a one-tonner or 24-inchers on some idiotmobile, take your choice?

    OK, this is probably a Cheap Piece of Crap. Thousands will buy them because they'll think they're getting an inexpensive car that gets incredible MPG. I just unearthed the fuel tickets from my 1994 Protege 1.6 5M, which regularly got low to mid 30s. I DID replace the standard 13" (IIRC) cardboard tires with quality 14s from Tire Rack.

    Let me take a wild guess here and surmise the issue isn't so much the 14" as it is the Cheap Chinese Crap stock tires.
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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    Yeah, I had a '92 Protege myself with the standard 1.8L and commonly got 32-34 MPG in it. It cost $11,000 new back in 1992 and I thought it was sufficiently roomy and had quality materials for the price (used it to carpool with some passengers for 45 minutes too). I put 253K miles on it.

    I know some people are on a budget, but there is a point in cheapness where you really should save up for a few more months, and move up a level. I remember renting Mirages in the 1990s a few times and they were such weakly powered tin cans. At least the Protege had some verve and would scoot up mountains nicely in 3rd gear.

    I don't have much faith in Mitsubishi simply from the lack of their old cars around. I do see 1990s and some 1980s Honda/Nissan/Toyo/Mazda era vehicles from time to time.

    They have a sparse dealer footprint, too. What happens if you have a job change and move a few states away, then need warranty work? No thanks.
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    ^^ I had a 92 LX, top of the line. I made the deal with a very good old line salesman. Came in to pick the car up, it had a sunroof which was not part of the deal. That was a great car, both the Proteges were. Only thing it needed was an OD gear, it ran 20 MPH/1000 RPM in top gear so an 80 cruise got a wee bit busy down in the engine room. Not that the car ever complained, it would do that all day.

    My 94 was the cheapo model. I'd swear it had a smaller motor but the Edmunds specs say 1.8. At any rate, it was a great tearing-around car too and once I got decent tires on it it was a blast.

    The 92 LX had 14" alloys and decent tires stock.

    Just for ducks I drove an automatic model, but it wasn't the same car. No guts no glory, the auto really took the heart out of the car.
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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    Hopefully this will be successful for people wanting to buy a first car with a low price and good MPG. The only problem is that the Chevy Spark is much better at this.
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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn99 View Post
    Hopefully this will be successful for people wanting to buy a first car with a low price and good MPG. The only problem is that the Chevy Spark is much better at this.
    The OTHER only problem is other, more substantial cars in the same price range. AND the lack of a significant dealership network.
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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    Mitsubishi has insisted that it will not pull out of the US market, and they also have some kind of CUV thing coming.

    But I think they have dwindled to the point where they should just partner with someone again, and sell rebadges like they used to.

    The USA is not a market where selling 60,000 vehicles a year makes sense. You will only attract marginal franchises scattered around the county, and the advertising costs are very high trying to saturate 300 million people and develop brand consciousness.

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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    Wow does that thing look like an afterthought. It just screams I'm driving the cheapest new car I can find.

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    My Lord, for $13,000 just go buy a Polaris RZR with 90hp and go have some fun and call it a day.
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    Re: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

    I loved every Mitsubishi I had, but their designs are hit and mist, and I can't say I am a fan of this more rounded, less characteristic exterior design. The Outlander and Outlander sport kind of followed this same look. They should of kept the lancer sportier design language and modernized it. Now it looks like a bad Nissan design.... The interiors are pretty basic as well. Although decent interior, going from my Lancer Evolution to my Cruze LTZ felt like the cockpit of a biplane to a fighter jet.

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    maybe they should bring the technical back to this mirage hahahaha
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    I just read a review that said that there are other, better cars out there...including...the Versa!?

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