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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Poor Mitsubishi.  They seem to get the short end of the stick from the mainstream automotive press when we know there are a few great engineers still left at the organization even when working on ashoestring budget.

The Automotive Science Group ASG tried to show their love to the new Mitsubishi Mirage, which you can get with some pretty cool infotainment for not much over the base sticker price if you are looking for a basic ride with great dash setup.  We are also wanting to test the Mirage to see if it can potentially beat some hybrids on the market in the MPG game if driven carefully.  The ultimate would be the Mirage vs 1.0 Fiesta showdown.  And, Ford, if you are listening we want to see some 1.0s.  Vaporware?

As far as the ASG lovefest goes, the Mitsubishi Mirage has been named as the ASG’s 2014 “Best All-Around Performance Award” winner – the organization’s highest award – along with the 2014 “Best Environmental Performance Award” in the Mini-Compact Class for the 2014 model year.

According to the ASG, the all-new 2014 Mirage “performed exceptionally well against the competition in areas of environmental, social and economic performance, the three fundamentals of ASG’s proprietary automotive life-cycle assessment platform – the Automotive Performance Index™”. Furthermore, the ASG’s analysis, “found the Mirage to hold the smallest environmental footprint, not only in its class, but also of any conventionally powered model year 2014 automobile available in the North American market.”

“It is very satisfying to see three of our most popular vehicles – the 2014 Mirage, Outlander and Outlander Sport – win meaningful awards such as the ones presented by the Automotive Science Group,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., “but it is especially gratifying to know that Mitsubishi Motors customers own and drive vehicles that are among the very best in the industry in such important areas as environmental sustainability, affordability/cost of ownership and in social responsibility.”

Based in Santa Rosa, California, the Automotive Science Group (ASG) performs data-driven automobile assessments based on thousands of algorithmic calculations and data points to determine the award winners. In 2014, the ASG evaluated over 1,300 light-duty vehicles to trim level detail using the organization’s proprietary automotive life-cycle assessment platform, the Automotive Performance Index™. The Index utilizes a combination of conventional specifications along with environmental, economic and social performance indicators.

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  • http://www.MirageForum.com Darin

    “We are also wanting to test the Mirage to see if it can potentially beat some hybrids on the market in the MPG game if driven carefully.”

    Answer: it definitely can.

    I squeezed 49 mpg US out of a 5-speed Mirage in sub/urban driving without resorting to any fancy hypermiling tricks. That’s better than the 42 mpg I saw from the Mirage CVT on the same route (despite the CVT’s higher rating).

    http://mirageforum.com/forum/showthread.php/636-Gas-mileage-MPG-test-2014-Mirage-CVT-vs-5-speed-%28sub-urban-Ottawa-route%29

    Then again, if you drive the hybrid just as carefully, it will also beat its EPA rating.

    • Lyndon Johnson

      Very interesting, Darin. Given Mitsubishi’s status in America nowadays, the press cars aren’t exactly flowing like mud, but maybe we’ll be able to get some seat time in a Mirage this year and put its fuel-sipping abilities to the test.

      • Brett Solomon

        And that time is scheduled to come in April. WooHoo!

        • Lyndon Johnson

          Good deal! You may be wearing the MPG crown after that.

          • Brett Solomon

            No I don’t have the stones to tailgate that close. “If you really want a thrill, forget speed, drive for maximum economy!”