Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi, the automotive arm of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, may be considered nowadays one of Japan's smaller automakers in comparison to Toyota or Honda. However, its crossovers and SUVs have boosted the profits of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance since 2016 when Nissan bought 34% of the shares in Mitsubishi. The company is known for building rugged all-terrain vehicles like the Montero as well as smaller crossovers like the Outlander. Among car fans, though, it's revered for being the brand behind the Lancer Evolution series of sporty sedans that dominated the WRC back in the late '90s, often doing battle with arch-rival Subaru and its Impreza WRX STI.

What is the Cheapest Mitsubishi?

The cheapest Mitsubishi is the Mirage ES, the hatchback version of the Mirage G4 subcompact sedan. The Mirage ES costs only $13,795 before you add taxes (when you do the price will jump to somewhere around $14,700). The ES is a whole $1,000 cheaper than the G4 and this makes it one of the most affordable new cars you can buy in the United States in 2019. Other cars that are cheaper are the Chevrolet Spark LS with a sticker price of $13,220 before taxes ($14,095 with taxes) and the $12,460 Nissan Versa S Sedan ($13,255 with taxes). As you’d expect, the only thing going for the Mirage is its low price tag but, in fairness, it also gets good mileage compared to its subcompact rivals.

What is the Sportiest Mitsubishi?

The sportiest Mitsubishi is, actually, the Outlander Sport, a subcompact SUV that, in its most expensive trim level, comes with the 2.4-liter, DOHC, 16-valve four-pot MIVEC engine that cranks out 168 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 167 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. While 168 ponies may seem like a slap in the face of any enthusiast given that even the most basic Lancer Evolution X put out 276 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, Mitsubishi is now focusing on building vehicles with mass appeal and has no interest to start building fast sedans or coupés any time soon. Remember, the Eclipse badge is now slapped to a crossover too.

What is the Most Popular Mitsubishi?

The most popular Mitsubishi Stateside is the Mirage. At the beginning of August 2019, Mitsubishi published new figures that revealed its status as the fastest-growing Asian brand in the U.S. for the second year in a row, selling over 8,000 cars in July alone. Out of these, 3,256 were Mirages (both the G4 sedan and the ES hatchback), pushing the total Mirage sales figure for 2019 all the way to 16,157, which already surpasses the 15,559-unit total of 2018. The Outlander, however, remains the best-selling Mitsubishi model in the U.S. having been sold in 27,245 units as of July 2019, beating the Outlander Sport by almost 6,000 units.

The Outlander is also popular in Europe. For instance, in Britain, the best-selling hybrid vehicle is the Outlander PHEV with 32,048 units sold in 2017 alone, over 11,000 units more than the all-electric Nissan Leaf, for instance.

What is the Most Expensive Mitsubishi?

The most expensive Mitsubishi is the $35,795 Outlander PHEV. As the only plug-in hybrid available from Mitsubishi, it’s over $10,000 more expensive than the standard gas-powered Outlander that starts from $24,695 - over $3,000 more than the Eclipse Cross, the third most expensive Mitsubishi. Having said all that, you could save up to $5,836 when buying an Outlander PHEV with the federal and state-offered refunds that apply to EVs and PHEVs. In its most expensive trim level, GT S-AWC, the Outlander PHEV comes with an MSRP of $41,495.

What is the Fastest Mitsubishi?

The fastest Mitsubishi is the Outlander Sport 2.4 GT that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds (as measured by Edmunds, Mitsubishi’s official number is 7.9 seconds). However, the Outlander Sport doesn’t feel in any way fast due to the lackluster CVT transmission. Its top speed is also unimpressive, Mitsubishi saying it’s just 123 mph (197 km/h).

Are Mitsubishi Cars Reliable?

Mitsubishi models have been known, historically, for being reliable, albeit rather costly to maintain. Nowadays, Mitsubishi offers one of the best warranty packages in the U.S. with 100,000 miles or 10 years of limited drivetrain warranty - Toyota or Chevy only offer limited warranty for five years or 60,000 miles. Having said that, in 2017, Mitsubishi came seventh from the bottom, with 182 problems per 100 vehicles in the J.D. Power Dependability survey (the average stands at 150 problems per 100 vehicles, so Mitsubishi is above average).

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