The most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car in America will also be one of the most affordable cars in America, as the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage will enter the marketplace with an MSRP of $12,995. It’s a small price to pay for a car that comes up so big in the EPA ratings.
The starter model, with a five-speed manual transmission, is expected to post fuel-economy grades of 34 mpg city/42 mpg highway/37 mpg combined. For $13,995, drivers of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage can enjoy a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and fuel-efficiency marks that reach 37 mpg city/33 mpg highway/40 mpg combined.
Helping achieve that kind of stellar performance is the car’s peppy 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine, which relies on Mitsubishi’s latest electronic valve-timing setup, and a new Electric Power Steering (EPS) feature that eliminates parasitic power losses from engine-driven units. It’s also worth noting that the same exterior design that makes the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage so striking on the road also helps make it slice through the air with a coefficient of drag of just 0.28. That’s the same mark achieved by the Chevy Volt EV.
Of course, there’s more to the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage than its high-efficiency package. Owners also will enjoy standard features that include a climate-control system with rear-seat heat ducts, keyless entry, auto-off halogen headlamps, seven airbags and more.
Then, at the top of the line for the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, ES models open at $14,195 and can be configured with such upscale amenities as navigation, Bluetooth technology, the automaker’s One-Touch Start/Stop system, fog lamps, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated cruise and audio controls.
The 2014 Mitusbishi Mirage is scheduled to appear in dealerships later this year.
Written by Charles Krome.
Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi.