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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

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The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show . And while its power may not impress, its mpg may start making hybrid cars start shaking in their low-rolling-resistance tires.

Let’s face it the Mirage isn’t the sexiest car to roll out of Mitsu’s factory; in fact, it’s just another econo-hatch that easily blends into the scenery as you head down the highway. Mitsubishi is hoping to change that with the new model and this time around, the Mirage will try to make its way back into the hearts of Americans for the first time since 2002.

The car has been redesigned with all new styling that Mitsu hopes will attract new buyers, which is something the floundering company needs to help keep it in the American market. Unfortunately, it is heading into a market – the sub-compact hatchback market – that is quickly becoming overfull.

Perhaps its practicality and relatively large amount of storage space will help push it over the other motorized roller-skates on the market.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage.

Exterior

Mitsubishi Mirage

The new Mitsubishi Mirage is Mitsu’s attempt to draw in younger, entry-level buyers to pave the future of the brand. Unfortunately, the styling looks uninspired at best and won’t leave anybody praising it for its looks. While many of its competitors have some style that set them apart from the crowd, the Mirage blends right into the sea of traffic.

The stubby front end combined with the tall and swooping roof really looks rather awkward. And need we mention just how odd that front fascia looks? It lacks any aggressiveness, stylistic body lines are non-existent and it just looks blah all around. Additionally, there isn’t even a shred of Mitsubishi character injected into it, sans the tri-star logo up front.

While the body is not the most stylish it is pretty aerodynamic with a drag co-efficient of just 0.28. That helps keep air from dragging you down and is part of the reason for the cars high gas mileage. Add in the standard rear spoiler and you can say that Mitsubishi at least tried to make it interesting. Then again, that spoiler looks really out of place…

But, you have to keep in mind that form was likely an afterthought to function when Mitsubishi designed this tiny hatchback.

Dimensions

Wheelbase (inches)96.5
Length (inches)148.8
Height (inches)59.1
Width (inches)65.6

Standard Features

  • Body colored side mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle
  • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) chassis safety cell construction
  • Electric power steering (EPS)
  • Power side mirrors
  • 165/65R14 low-rolling-resistance tires
  • Rear spoiler
  • Halogen headlamps with auto-off

Interior

Mitsubishi Mirage

The interior sent shivers down our spines. No, not in a good way; we mean the ones you get when you see something that makes you very uneasy. From the cheap plastics, to the sea-of-black dashboard, to the flat-as-a-board rear seat, the Mirage just lacks any character at all. Trust that we know this is an economy car and you have to expect some skimping, but c’mon, guys, what’s with the 1990s-esq interior? The Mirage makes it look like GM was having a fire sale on old Geo Metro interior pieces…

Because of the hatchback design there is a good amount of storage space, especially when you fold the back seats down. With them down you have plenty of space to haul larger items, but this does require that the kids be left home or sent home on the bus.

One good thing is that the Mirage at least includes a somewhat modern audio system standard. This 140-watt, four-speaker system not only handles the normal AM/FM/CD duties expected of every radio, but it also handles MP3 files, USB drives and iPods.

Standard Features

  • 4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB/iPod® input
  • Power windows with driver’s side auto-up/down
  • Tilt steering
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear heater floor ducts
  • Cargo area cover
  • Piano black center console trim
  • Keyless entry with panic alarm
  • Rear wiper/washer
  • Multi-information meter display
  • ECO indicator
  • Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver’s knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Drivetrain

Mitsubishi Mirage

What Mitsubishi is hoping will set the Mirage apart from the crowd is its fuel efficient 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. The engine is so frugal that it will take you up to 44 miles on the highway using just one gallon of fuel, which inches it dangerously close to hybrids and high-efficiency diesel cars.

Unfortunately, the Mirage quickly loses our interest again with its coma-inducing 74-horsepower, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. If the horses aren’t bad enough, its 74 pound-feet of torque means it would likely need assistance to open the pickle jar, let alone get itself moving from a dead stop.

The underpowered engine mates to a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. And it’s this whiney CVT that will net you the 44 mpg highway, unfortunately.

Hybrid-competing gas mileage comes at a price and that price is performance. While, official performance figures have not been released, we expect this snoozer to be best measured to 60 mph using a calendar timer. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but look for it to turn in a 0-to-60 mph time somewhere in the 13-second range.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine1.2-liter DOHC MIVEC three-cylinder engine
Horsepower74 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (pound-feet)74 @ 4,000 rpm
TransmissionFive-speed manual or continuously-variable transmission
Fuel Economy37 mpg city/44 mpg highway (40 mpg combined)

Price

Pricing information has not yet been released, but we figure it has to come in around $12k to $13k to drum up any real interest. Prices should arrive by the fall of 2013.

Competition

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Now, the Ford Fiesta shows you how to make econo-hatches look cool. Its stylized hood draws attention away from the stubby nose and its unique roofline is a fresh take. The Fiesta is powered by a 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of up to 39 mpg on the highway (29 mpg city). The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds, allowing it to smoke the rest of its class. The base Fiesta is slightly higher on the price charts at $14,200.

If you’re feeling froggy and can wait until the 2014 Fiesta rolls out, you can opt for the Fiesta ST that cranks out 197 ponies and 214 pound-feet of twist, but still churn up 34 miles of pavement for each gallon on the highway. The Fiesta ST, however, will come in at a premium price: about $21k.

Chevy Spark

Chevrolet Spark

If you prefer another snoozer to compete with the Mirage, you can always shoot for the Chevy Spark. Its 83-horsepower four-cylinder engine is less than inspiring, but turns in a stout 38 mpg on the highway (32 mpg city). This 1.2-liter engine huffs and puffs the Spark to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds, besting the Mirages likely time. Where the Spark beats the Mirage is its styling, as it features sharp lines and the interior features body color accents to help it feel a little more up-class. The Spark starts out at $12,185.

Conclusion

Well, the Mirage is a novel effort by Mitsubishi, but it really strikes out in our opinion. In this day and age, 74 horsepower from an econo-hatchback is unacceptable unless you are a member of the super-compact smart lineup.

To boot, the body is plain and the interior looks like it was ripped straight from the 1990s. However, if the rumored Mirage Evolution and its 150-horsepower three-cylinder engine happens to be true and it makes its way to the U.S., this may give buyers a better feeling toward the lineup as a whole.

LOVE IT
  • Hybrid gas mileage
LEAVE IT
  • Plain styling
  • Engine only has 74-horsepower on tap
  • No pricing information available

Press Release

Mitsubishi Mirage

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage At-A-Glance

Making a triumphant return to the North American marketplace, the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door sub-compact is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in America.

With a manufacturer-estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined/37 mpg city/44 mpg highway (CVT-equipped model; pending EPA fuel mileage rating), the all-new Mirage is an affordable and stylish hatchback with best-in-class fuel efficiency.

The all-new Mirage provides eager acceleration in urban stop-and-go driving along with exemplary highway fuel economy. What’s more, an ECO indicator illuminates to let the driver know when they are driving in a manner that allows for utmost fuel efficiency.

Standard safety features included at no cost on this fuel-sipping 5-door subcompact consist of a comprehensive seven (7) airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) including dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver’s knee airbag; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist. Hill Start Assist (HSA) is also standard on all continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) models.

Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) is also included on all models. The ASC/TCL helps stabilize the vehicle when it detects skidding and/or when the system detects a loss of traction on slippery road surfaces.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Motors engineers have fortified the all-new Mirage 5-door with an additional level of driver and passenger protection (the Mirage has seating for 5) in the event of a collision by incorporating the most advanced form of Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) impact-absorbing safety cell technology ever. The patented RISE system utilizes a body structure with an impact energy-absorbing front end along with an abundant use of high tensile steel in key areas throughout the platform.

Furthermore, the stylish exterior of the all-new 2014 Mirage was penned using computer-aided design (CAD) software to maximize the 5-door’s aerodynamic efficiency for a low 0.28 coefficient of drag. This advanced design/emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency is clearly exhibited in the carefully sculpted corners of the rear bumper and the way the hood gently flows into the A-pillars.

To add a touch of vibrancy to Mirage’s dynamic exterior styling, four fun and eye-catching colors will be available in addition to the traditional selection of White Solid, Black Mica, Silver Metallic, and Gray Mica.

Standard electric power steering (EPS) further aids the fuel efficiency cause while providing the driver with communicative steering feel as well as the sharpest turning radius (15.1 feet) in the class.

The entry-level Mitsubishi Mirage DE packs a long list of standard amenities. Among these features are tilt steering; automatic climate control; power windows with driver’s side auto-up/down; power side mirrors; body-colored side mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle, a convenient 60/40 split folding rear seat; keyless entry with panic alarm; variable intermittent wipers; a sporty rear spoiler and a dynamic sounding 4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB/iPod® input.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Every Mirage variant also features thoughtful interior design touches including ergonomically designed driver controls and instrument panel as well as upscale-looking rich high-gloss piano black trim for the center console.

An especially welcome interior design feature is the 60/40 split folding rear seat that allows for plentiful and easily accessed interior cargo volume.

The upmarket Mirage ES model features all of the welcome content on the DE while adding eye-catching 14-inch aluminum alloy wheels; front fog lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; F.A.S.T. (Free-hand Advanced Security Transmitter)-Key passive entry; One-Touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; cruise control and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.

Numerous amenity and accessory packages available include LED Interior Illumination, Rear Parking Assist, Navigation System and Exterior lower body kit and Chrome accent packages.

Powering the all-new Mirage is an extremely efficient 1.2-liter three-cylinder DOHC engine that features the latest version of Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that maximizes fuel efficiency and power output while greatly minimizing exhaust emissions. This engine produces 74 bhp and 74 lb.-ft. of torque. Consumers have a choice between a smooth-operating 5-speed manual and an advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with Idle Neutral Logic.

Rounding out this hot hatchback’s remarkable affordability and extreme efficiency is the additional peace of mind that comes with Mitsubishi Motors’ impressive warranty:
10-years or 100,000-miles limited powertrain;
5-years or 60,000-miles limited new vehicle and 5-years/unlimited mileage roadside assistance.

Key Specifications

Wheelbase96.5 in.
Length148.8 in.
Height59.1 in.
Width65.6 in.
Engine1.2-liter DOHC MIVEC 3-cylinder engine
Horsepower74 @ 6000 rpm
Torque74 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm
Transmission5-speed manual or Continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
Fuel Economy37 mpg city/44 mpg highway (40 mpg combined)

(Manufacturer-estimated; pending EPA fuel mileage rating).

Major Standard Features (DE Model)

  • 4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB/iPod® input
  • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) chassis safety cell construction
  • Body colored side mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle
  • Electric power steering (EPS)
  • Power windows with driver’s side auto-up/down
  • Power side mirrors
  • Tilt steering
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Halogen headlamps with auto-off
  • Rear spoiler
  • 165/65R14 low rolling-resistance tires
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear heater floor ducts
  • Cargo area cover
  • Piano black center console trim
  • Keyless entry with panic alarm
  • Rear wiper/washer
  • Multi-information meter display
  • ECO indicator
  • Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver’s knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Hill Start Assist (CVT only)

ES adds over DE:

  • One-Touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch
  • F.A.S.T.-Key passive entry
  • Bluetooth® hand-free phone system
  • Cruise control
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 14-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Seat height adjustor
  • Silver interior accents
  • Upgraded seat fabric

Mirage Options:

Navigation Package (ES model) adds: SD navigation system with rear camera monitor

Exterior Package adds: Front bumper corner extensions; side sill extensions; rear bumper corner extensions.

Chrome Package adds: Fog light garnish; lower grille garnish; tailgate garnish.

LED Illumination Package adds: Floor LED illumination (blue); console LED illumination (blue); cargo area LED illumination (white).

Parking Assist Package adds: Front park assist sensors; rear park assist sensors.

Protection Package adds: Front & rear mudguards; scuff plates; body side moldings.

Cargo Package adds: Cargo tray; cargo net.



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