Well, here's the butter knife Mitsubishi is bringing to the subcompact gun fight. It's called the Mirage, and its configurator has just gone live on Mitsubishi's consumer page, allowing those that absolutely must have a brand-new car for not a lot of money (and have never heard of the Nissan Versa, Mazda2, Chevrolet Spark or Ford Fiesta) to build their perfect example.

Prices start at $12,995 for a base DE model with a five-speed manual transmission and $14,195 for the up-market ES with the same transmission. A 74-horsepower, 1.2-liter engine is the sole powerplant. Both trims feature a continuously variable transmission for an extra $1,000 and a range of eight exterior colors, while black is the sole interior color.

Fully loaded with all the assorted packages – there are 10 on the ES model, adding things like navigation, a backup camera and LED ambient lights – the Mirage checks out at $19,540. Feel free to have a go at the configurator yourself.


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      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's lots of negative comments for the car. It is ugly, and I'm sure it's not fun to drive. However, if it really does return 37+ mpg all the time, it seems like a good deal for $13k (or less in 6 months when they have trouble selling them). Flog it for 5 years and then dump it.
      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...(and have never heard of the Nissan Versa, Mazda2, Chevrolet Spark or Ford Fiesta) to build their perfect example..." Uh, the Fiesta is WAY more money than those other cars. Anyway, the only good thing I can say about this car is that I'm glad to see it comes in purple. Bring back the funky colors on the econoboxes!
      Pat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interestingly, it's cheaper in Canada ... 12 498$
      prez29
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jury's out on this one. When you look at the gallery, there are some nice styling touches, but the whole is kinda blah, especially with those mouse-sized wheels. Interior is really straightforward, a pleasant break from the usual Japanese transformer design. Great colors to offset the blah looks. A maybe if I was looking for a really cheap car.
      Philthy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised 91 people have an opinion about this car. I guess remarkably boring design can still be remarkable?
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      A couple of things. 1. Mitsubishi only wants to sell 7,000 of these things in the US per year. Mitsubishi realizes it's not going to sell 100,000 of these things, nor does it want to. 2. For all the **** it gets, it's the only small car that breaks the 40 mpg highway barrier and mops the floor with the Chevy Spark with city mpg, which is the most important number when looking at a city car. Some publications such as auto week have done first drives and report that they got way better than the EPA mileage. 3. It's pretty well equipped even for the base model. Unless you really really need push button start (not available on the Spark or iQ) the ES is pretty much all one needs.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi will sell a buttload of these things. It's the ghastly mileage that will do it. Love that purple, too.
        Simul Taneous
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Lund
        So Ryan, put your money where your mouth is and actually buy one if you love them so much. Check back in in about 12 months, after they force them on the dealers and have to offer silly money to move these turds. Mitsubishi, who needs revenue and profit ASAP has no other car to give their bottom of the consumer experience ladder dealers so stupidly choose to spend money to revive and old brand that still probably sells at a corporate loss, rather than pump it into existing models that may actually bring them $$$...wait, even those don't exist.
          Albisylk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Simul Taneous
          Mr. Moneymouth, I look forward to reading your report in 12 months to see if your predictions came true.
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's pretty much one of very few city cars that actually gets better MPG than a compact sedan!
      strykerzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does this car look like a cricket to me? Anyway, for the money it's got a lot of features and the CVT is the newest generation with a high "gear " ratio, so it will do a lot with the small engine. I searched the JATCO site and believe it or not, it is the same CVT7 model that's put in the Nissan Juke! This car fits the basic need of getting back and forth and offer some frills to go with it.
      Freereader
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always remember when you shop for a new or used car : the bigger your car the smaller your penis.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am sorry but Mitsubishi is a dying brand in USA and they still offer that manual tranny as a gimmick price point. No one will buy this car with a manual, auto should be a free option. I can simply squeez 2 more K and get a Fit, a MUCH better car than mirage. No free automatic....................NO SALE.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        The Honda Fit with automatic starts at $16,225, so you're actually talking about $3,230 more than the base Mirage -- about 25% more for a Honda with automatic than the Mirage. Many people would agree with you that the Fit is a better choice. I'm not one of them.
        taucephei
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        I'm of the school of thought that CVT and AT should not exist. If you choose to aim a car instead of operate a car, you shouldn't be driving.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @taucephei
          So you think 99% of the market should not be taken care of? What business school did you go to? I am sorry, what high school did you fail to graduate from?
      Albisylk
      • 1 Year Ago
      "It's called the Mirage, and its configurator has just gone live on Mitsubishi's consumer page, allowing those that absolutely must have a brand-new car for not a lot of money (and have never heard of the Nissan Versa, Mazda2, Chevrolet Spark or Ford Fiesta) to build their perfect example." I have heard of these competitors and would still buy this car. This is why: Base trim @ $13K includes: -Auto-off halogen headlights -Auto climate control air conditioning -Remote keyless entry -Power windows -Power door locks and side view mirrors -Cargo area cover -Anti-theft security alarm -Seven airbags (including knee airbag) -10 year 100K mile power train warranty and five year unlimited mile roadside assistance. -a five speed manual transmission on an 1,800 lb curb weight car (weeeeeee!). -AND insanely good gas mileage 37/44 mpg. For only a grand more, you get -Fog lights -Bluetooth hands free phone system -smart key entry and start system (i.e. proximity sensors) -Push button start -Steering mounted cruise control and audio controls -alloy wheels -leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter It's competitors offer only some of those features for a similar price, but you can get this thing fully loaded for $14K with a manual transmission with an amazing warranty. On fully loaded models of some competitors you can't get a manual transmission (looking at you Kia/Hyundai). This is a well engineered, well spec'd car for an awesome price. I wish they made a MINI that weighed 1,800 lbs with these features (and mitsu reliability). I would keep it for 10 years or 100K miles :-P
        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Albisylk
        Hold on. The DE 5M weighs 1973 lbs, not 1800. Where did you get that figure from? Besides that, this is a pretty compelling deal. It beats the Spark and Mazda 2 easily on cargo room too. It's just gonna come down to how it makes people feel to sit in. That's the wild card here, but I hope it'll be a success.
          Albisylk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MistyGreen
          Edmunds: "To achieve the impressive statistics, Mitsubishi worked hard at optimizing the Mirage's aerodynamics (the drag coefficient is 0.27) and reducing its overall mass. It weighs just 1,863 pounds versus the Spark's base curb weight of 2,337 pounds." http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/2014-mitsubishi-mirage-first-drive.html
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Albisylk
        Oh, and I've actually driven a Mirage. If you think only curb weight and a manual transmission are sufficient to make a car fun to drive...think again. This car has the worst suspension and steering of any car I've ever driven, and that includes my Wrangler Unlimited.
          Tourian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          Oh, and you\'re actually lying. You have never driven a Mirage.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Albisylk
        I suppose if all that matters to you is a features list and a final monthly payment, then this car might hold some appeal. I'll always err on the side of either going used or spending more and getting a car with decent driving dynamics, a bit of cargo room, NVH levels that aren't actively fatiguing for extended drives, enough power to handle mountain and high-speed driving, and a suspension that doesn't wallow and crash. Your approach is penny wise and pound-foolish.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          Snark, you say 'penny wise and pound foolish' as if it's a bad thing. There are many people who are both pound and penny foolish. It has been said that all new car purchases are fiscally imprudent. However, if no one bought new cars, guess what happens to the value of used cars... For basic cars, many people think a feature list matters (if you don't, I suppose you have a BMW?). As for final monthly payment...it doesn't take financing to want a good deal. It would be rather pound foolish (right?) to ignore the true cost of a car just because you have the means to pay it all at once. Your comment is a cheap shot at people who want a true economy (as in 'value') car by implying that they can't afford to pay the whole thing off at once. It doesn't take a poor person to appreciate value.
          Albisylk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          My argument is actually refuting the proposition that the Spark, Versa, and Mazda2 (not used cars) are an obvious choice over this car.
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