The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door sub-compact arrives in the U.S. as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in America.
The new Mirage has an EPA fuel economy rating of 40 mpg combined, 37 mpg city, 44 mpg highway for CVT-equipped model; the EPA fuel economy rating is of 37 mpg combined, 34 mpg city, 42 mpg highway for the 5-speed manual transmission model.
Mitsubishi said the all-new Mirage provides eager acceleration in urban stop-and-go driving along with exemplary highway fuel economy. An ECO indicator light illuminates to let the driver know when they are driving in a manner that allows for utmost fuel efficiency.
Standard safety features consist of a comprehensive seven (7) air bag 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 air bag; 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.
Standard Electric Power Steering (EPS) further aids the fuel efficiency cause while providing the driver with communicative steering feel as well as a sharp turning radius of only 15.1 feet.
Powering the all-new Mirage is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder DOHC engine that is said by Mitsubishi to feature 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 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. Consumers have a choice between a 5-speed manual and a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with Idle Neutral Logic.
The entry-level Mitsubishi Mirage DE features 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.
The upmarket Mirage ES model features all of the content of the DE while adding 14-in. aluminum alloy wheels; front fog lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; FAST (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.
Mitsubishi stated that numerous amenity and accessory packages are available including LED Interior Illumination, Rear Parking Assist, Navigation System and Exterior lower body kit and Chrome accent packages.
The Mirage comes with Mitsubishi Motors’ long warranty:10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper new vehicle limited warranty, 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty and 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.