2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Returns 40 MPG Combined

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According to the numbers claimed by the Japanese manufacturer, the revised subcompact is currently the most fuel efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in North America. But the best part is that you can experience that frugality at a very low reasonable price considering the suite of standard kit offered.
Let's not beat around the bush and tell you how low the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage can go price-wise - $13,805 including destination is the answer, which means the starting MSRP has been carried over from the '14 model, even though the revised Mirage offers a few extra bits and bobs as standard.

However, the aformentioned 40 MPG figure can be attained only by the $15k ES version, which is equipped with a continuosly variable transmission (CVT). For the 2015 model year, the Mitsubishi Mirage receives several equipment upgrades such as new chrome interior trim accents for the audio and HVAC panels, a redesigned rear-mounted short pole antenna, a new interior seat fabric design and side mirrors with incorporated turn indicators.

Both the entry-level 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE and the more upmarket ES boast a wide variety of goodies without having to tick any boxes on the options list. The DE comes with an MP3-compatible 4-speaker stereo system with USB input, automatic climate control, high-gloss piano black center console trim, power windows, keyless entry and many other welcome features.

For $1,300 more, the ES variant adds Bluetooth hands-free connectivity for your smartphone, audio controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, 14-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, as well as leather on the shift knob and steering wheel. Numerous optional features can also be added, out of which it's worth mentioning the Front and Rear Park Assist Sensors Package, LED Illumination Pack and the Navigation Pack, with the latter also including a rearview parking camera.

A 1.2-liter three-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine powers this very economical city dweller. Thanks to MIVEC variable valve timing technology and other cool gizmos, the tiny motor can produce 74 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 74 lb-ft of torque at 4,000. Due to its low weight, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage boasts a better power-to-weight ratio than the Chevrolet Spark subcompact.
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