By on March 29, 2013

Mitsubishi announced fuel economy figures for their newest subcompact, which will revive the Mirage name. At 37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, the Mirage will best the Chevrolet Spark, its main competitor in the A-segment. But Mitsubishi has yet to announce any of their powertrain offerings for the Mirage. Overseas, a 1.2L 4-cylinder making 73 horsepower is offered.

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  • avatar
    993cc

    It looks a bit less ugly in red.

    The 1.2 is also a three cylinder, at least overseas. If these are E.P.A. numbers, this is the most fuel efficient non-hybrid out there.

    This car was positively (if briefly) reviewed at honestjohn.co.uk, though the handling was a disappointment. 0-60 comes in about 12 seconds, which I gather from previous comments, some on this site have trouble coping with. Still might be a decent drive in a slow-car-fast way with a few well chosen chassis mods.

    When do we get a price?

  • avatar

    How long will Mitsubishi be around? One friend in the other world said it was only there as it’s SUV products are keeping it alive?

    • 0 avatar

      Nobody knows. Any rational company would’ve folded up the tent long ago, but apparently their management considers it an impermissible loss of face. This can continue indefinitely. Heck they may even retool the Normal plant to build Minicabs for export.

  • avatar
    James2

    I think my old Honda Spree moped had bigger wheels.

    • 0 avatar
      Demetri

      They’re 14″ wheels. A bit small for a car today, but only because of modern car bloat. I had a Carolla from the 2000s that had 14″ wheels, and my Mazda3 only has 15″ wheels; nothing wrong with it. The smaller wheels will be lighter and cost less to replace tires. Only thing that sucks is that this comes with LRR tires.

      • 0 avatar
        Piston Slap Yo Mama

        Why would it “suck” having low rolling resistance LRR tires on a car designed for MPG? This isn’t a Miata. Otherwise I agree with your statement on modern car bloat – on an economy car 14″ rims are better than adequate.

        • 0 avatar
          Demetri

          In my opinion, LRR tires give up too much grip for the very small fuel economy gain they provide. Grip is also good for an efficient car; you won’t have to use the brake as much for turns.

      • 0 avatar
        Steve65

        Hell, my Mercedes has 14″ wheels. I’ve never felt it to be under-tired. Bigger is not intrinsically better. It’s just bigger. “Better” is strictly a measure of priorities, not value.

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    If they were still making Yugos, this is what they would look like.

  • avatar
    Demetri

    See here:

    http://media.mitsubishicars.com/channels/14-Mirage/releases/3546d9f5-08c1-4532-9370-6de4a310f312

    It’s the 1.2L 3-cylinder, which is actually the more powerful engine option for this car. In other markets, they also sell it with a 1.0L enigne. No price yet. If they could sell it for $11,000 or less it could be good.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    I thought the penalty box was a thing of the past.

    • 0 avatar
      Demetri

      I welcome it back with open arms as long as they can sell it for cheap. What some people call a penalty box I call a good solid reasonable car. I have heard some speculation that it will be around 13 grand though, which is too high in my opinion. You can’t sell this for more than a Versa, even if the fuel economy is excellent.

      • 0 avatar
        Piston Slap Yo Mama

        There’s no reason a manufacturer can’t make a rewarding entry / budget vehicle. It’s not so much throwing money at engineering a quality product as it is intelligently and thoughtfully engineering one. My ’87 Civic that got me through college was a great example of this ethos.
        Why we can’t cars like this Mitsu here in ‘Merica confounds me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mitsubishi_Colt_CZC_rear_20080118.jpg

        • 0 avatar
          Steve65

          I suspect it’s mostly a function of the US refusing to harmonize its regulations with Europe. Locks out a lot of interesting low volume cars, because the potential profit isn’t enough to overcome the cost of recertifiying them.

          Couple that with the widespread obsession with “bigger=better”, and small cars are seen as “settling”, instead of being valued for their own strengths. You’ll see this constantly in any discussion of small city cars. “Why for the same money, you could get “X”, which is obviously better because it’s bigger for the same price. The idea that smallness is a value in its own right is simply not comprehensible to those people.

          • 0 avatar
            993cc

            The U.S. harmonizing its regulations with Europe. Wouldn’t that be paradise?

            I could just go out and buy an up! or a Panda, and wouldn’t be reduced to hoping against hope that this Mirage turns out to be better than it appears to be.

  • avatar
    niky

    In my experience, the 1.2 3-cylinder is a whole lot better than the Spark’s in terms of highway mileage. The 1.2 isn’t as economical as an 800cc or 1,000cc motor at low Asian highway speeds (40 mph), but it can still hit over 45 mpg at 60 mph. And that’s all America wants, right?

    It’s bigger than the Spark, more economical, more aerodynamic and the engine doesn’t sound like it’s wringing itself to death at speed. In a rational world, it’d sell big time in the US. As it is, I doubt it would steal too many sales away from the bigger Versa or Fit.

    Mitsubishi may be dying out there, but demand for the Mirage out here is very high, and they’re selling them faster than they can make them.

    • 0 avatar
      Athos Nobile

      What’s the difference between this one and the Alto? It’s hard to tell them apart in the traffic.

      Same goes for Corolla and i30 when seen from behind.

      Toyota should bring the Aygo down here.

      • 0 avatar
        niky

        The modern-ish Alto/A-Star/Celerio handles better and has slightly better economy at speeds below 50 mph, but has rear seat legroom worthy of a 911 and a trunk just big enough for half-a-dead hooker.

        The older Maruti Alto, which sells like hotcakes… no… scratch that… sells like Big Gulps in the summer… drives like shit in comparison, massive understeer and oversteer at the same time, and it crumples like a soda can in a crash. At least no one will be able to identify the bodies after you wreck it.

  • avatar
    360joules

    But with less than perfect credit, can a single parent of 3 children (and no current child support orders) finance one of these on a 6 year note?

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    From the looks of their website they could be on death watch. The still list the 2012 Gallant and their prototypes/show cars go back to 2001.

  • avatar
    jeffredo

    Love my 2010 Lancer GTS Sportback. Rock solid car – I’d buy it again without reservation given the deal I got. All this “death watch” talk is just that – talk. They too well connected globally and in Japan’s corporate symbiosis to fail and keeping a presence in the US isn’t that difficult.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Can it do 70mph by the end of the on-ramp? Those who think entering highway traffic 20mph below the speed limit is perfectly safe drive me crazy. Because your car can’t puts you in the category of stupid and/or weak. Yes, the speed limits on I-64 where I live are 65 and 70 mph.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Hello all.

    I’ve been away for quite awhile and it was refreshing to come back and see the comments to be more classy than I seem to recall them being a year ago.

    I think the car is interesting, if not something I would drive myself. It looks about as generic as subcompacts are; I confused it with the Prius C, Yaris and the Mazda2. I have to wonder if there is any sort of an alliance between Mitsubishi and Toyota, but I can’t find anything recent on the web.

    I’ve also heard tell, from a friend, that there is some sort of partnership with Fiat. Is this true?

    Are Mitsubishi and Chrysler still sharing technology?

    • 0 avatar
      niky

      No more Chrysler link, though the CVT and Lancer engine are holdovers from that.

      The current Mirage motor is produced at a Daimler facility, a vestige of the Daimler-Chrysler connection.

      And the Mirage is a size smaller than the Mazda2 and Yaris.

      ;)

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