Budget says that a crossover is out of reach? Budget, meet the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage--a city car that boasts affordability and the best fuel economy ratings of any non-hybrid vehicle on the market.
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
Why Buy the Mitsubishi Mirage?
The main thing that's likely to attract buyers to the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the extremely competitive starting MSRP, which for the entry level ES is just $13,395. Of course, for that kind of money you're not getting an Outlander. What you are getting is a great little car that's affordable to buy and cheap to run.
Speaking of cheap to run, the fuel economy offered by the Mirage is a reason to choose the Mirage. In hatchback form with the CVT transmission, the Mirage is rated by the EPA at 37 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 39 mpg combined.
Which Mirage is Best?
If you want plenty of features and equipment in your car, you will have to go for the top GT trim level. The GT still offers best-in-class fuel economy at a very affordable price, but it's the car to choose if you want some of the finer things normally associated with bigger, more expensive models.
The ES and SE come standard with a five-speed manual transmission, and if you want to upgrade to the CVT it will add a pretty steep $1,200 to the base price of the Mirage. But if you go for the GT, the CVT is part of standard equipment that also includes 15-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, heated front seats, and a variety of upgraded pieces of trim. You can have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay too, but they are an option that will cost you more, even with the GT.
Are Mitsubishi Mirages good cars?
What makes a car a good car in a buyer's mind is subjective, but what you can say about the Mitsubishi Mirage is that it's a very good car for the money. The Mirage is a peppy little vehicle that's easy to maneuver and park in tight spaces in the town or city, with room enough for four adults to fit inside.
The Mirage is a good car if you view it for what it is, and not what you'd like it to be. Mitsubishis, like most Japanese cars, have a reputation for reliability and few cars in the current market are as affordable to buy and run as the Mirage. This vehicle is designed to fit its own niche as a city car that's at home on the pavement, which is what it does very well.
What makes the Mirage unique?
Unique is a big call to make, especially in the auto industry, and especially with such a small, affordable car. However, one thing on the Mirage's list of attributes does make it rather unique, and that's its fuel economy.
To put it into stark context, the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage offers the best fuel economy ratings of any car in the American market that doesn't have an electrified powertrain. So, the only way to get better economy is to buy a hybrid. Since that would mean paying out quite a bit more money, you'd really have to be doing a lot of miles per year to get that extra investment back.