Set to debut with the highest fuel-economy ratings of any gas-powered non-hybrid car in America, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage will be priced from $12,995 according to a recent release from the automaker. Now, it’s certainly good news that U.S. customers will have another highly affordable choice on the market, but shoppers should note that, as is the case with many of today’s new vehicles, the low-cost entry model of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage lineup isn’t the team’s most efficient player.
That starter model—which does include air conditioning—relies on a traditional five-speed manual transmission and 1.2-liter engine to turn up quite good fuel-economy marks of 34 mpg city/42 mpg highway/37 mpg combined. But for another $1,000, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage adds a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that enables an industry-leading EPA line of 37/44/40.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind sticking with the DIY shifter, the sticker price of the 2014Mitsubishi Mirage ES is $14,195 and adds content like Bluetooth hands-free calling technology, audio and cruise controls integrated into a leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, fog lamps, upgraded silver cabin accents, passive entry and the company’s OSS (One-touch Start/Stop) engine switch. The MSRP of the ES model with the CVT is $15,195, while the range-topping 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, with navigation and rearview camera, opens at $16,095.
But how do those numbers match up against the specs of the most likely rivals to the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage? Let’s take a look at the entry models, while also taking into account vehicle length for some dimensional context:
- 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage—$12,995; 148.8 inches; 34 mpg city/42 mpg highway/37 mpg combined
- 2014 Chevy Spark—$12,170; 144.7 inches; 31/39/34
- 2014 Toyota Yaris 5-Door—$15,455; 153.5 inches; 30/37/33
- 2014 Ford Fiesta Hatch—$14,000; 160.1 inches; 27/38/31
- 2014 Nissan Versa Note—$13,990; 163.7 inches; 27/36/30
- 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan—$11,990; 175.4 inches; 27/36/30
- 2014 Chevy Sonic Hatch—$14,785; 159 inches; 26/35/30
- 2014 Honda Fit—$15,425; 161.6 inches; 27/33/29
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is expected to reach local dealerships this fall.