By Jennifer Geiger on August 19, 2013
When Mitsubishi's Mirage debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the automaker promised the tiny hatchback would have a similarly sized price — Mitsubishi kept its word. When the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage goes on sale this fall, it'll start at $13,770, including a $775 destination fee.
The automaker calls it "the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-powered vehicle available in America," and it's got some compelling numbers to back that up. Power comes from a 74-horsepower, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine; versions equipped with a continuously variable transmission are EPA rated at 37/44/40 mph city/highway/combined. Models with the five-speed manual will get 34/42/37 mpg.
The base DE model with manual transmission is equipped with standards like seven air bags, a hill-start assist system, automatic climate control, keyless entry with panic alarm and auto-off halogen headlights; add $1,000 for the CVT. Manual-equipped ES trims start at $14,970 and add push-button start, Bluetooth phone streaming, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, 14-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lamps and silver interior accent trim; add $1,000 for the CVT. ES CVT-equipped models with navigation start at $16,870 (all prices include destination).
Mitsubishi spokesman Roger Yasukawa told us that the 2014 Mirage will hit dealerships at the end of September or early October.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer