Mitsubishi began building cars in 1917. The Japanese automaker says its name is a combination of the words mitsu, which means three, and hishi, which means water chestnut. In English it translates to three diamonds, hence the company’s three-diamond logo. In America, Mitsubishi began selling cars in the 1980s and is best known for its since-discontinued turbocharged all-wheel drive Eclipse sports car and Lancer Evolution sports sedan, which became popular with tuner car enthusiasts. Paul Walker even drove a heavily modified and very green Eclipse in the first Fast and the Furious movie and an Evo in the second installment of the franchise, solidifying their place in the world’s car culture.
But the core of Mitsu’s business has always been affordable and fuel-efficient small cars like the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage. The brand’s smallest and least expensive model, the Mirage is available as a four-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. It competes with cars from all over the world, including the Chevrolet Spark, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, and Nissan Versa.