The 2014 Mirage 5-door sub-compact is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in America. The small Mitsubishi can achieve up to 44 mpg US (5.4 liters / 100 km) on the highway and 40 mpg US (5.9 liters / 100 km) on combined cycle – manual gearbox.

Standard safety features include seven air bags; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist. Hill Start Assist (HSA) is also standard on all continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) models.

Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) is also included on all models. The ASC/TCL helps stabilize the vehicle when it detects skidding and/or when the system detects a loss of traction on slippery road surfaces.

The color range includes Thunder Gray, Starlight Silver, Cloud White and Mystic Black, along with Mitsubishi Motors fan-selected colors Kiwi, Plasma Purple, Infrared and Sapphire Blue in the Mitsubishi Mirage Color Code program.

Standard Electric Power Steering (EPS) further aids the fuel efficiency cause while providing the driver with communicative steering feel as well as a sharp turning radius of only 15.1 feet.

The entry-level Mitsubishi Mirage DE packs a long list of standard amenities. Among these features are tilt steering; automatic climate control; power windows with driver's side auto-up/down; power side mirrors; body-colored side mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle, a convenient 60/40 split folding rear seat; keyless entry with panic alarm; variable intermittent wipers; a sporty rear spoiler and a dynamic sounding 4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB/iPod® input.

Every Mirage variant also features thoughtful interior design touches including ergonomically designed driver controls and instrument panel as well as upscale-looking rich high-gloss piano black trim for the center console.

The upmarket Mirage ES model features all of the welcome content on the DE while adding eye-catching 14" aluminum alloy wheels; front fog lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; FAST (Free-hand Advanced Security Transmitter)-key passive entry; One-Touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; cruise control and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.

Numerous amenity and accessory packages are available including LED Interior Illumination, Rear Parking Assist, Navigation System and Exterior lower body kit and Chrome accent packages.

The engine is a 1.2 liter DOHC engine with MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) maximizing the fuel efficiency and power output – 74HP (54 kW) and 100Nm (74 lb-ft). Consumers have a choice between a smooth-operating 5-speed manual and an advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with Idle Neutral Logic.

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Key Specifications

Wheelbase: 96.5 in.
Length: 148.8 in.
Height: 59.1 in.
Width: 65.6 in.
Engine: 1.2-liter DOHC MIVEC 3-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 74 @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 74 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual or continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
Fuel Economy: CVT – 37 mpg city/44 mpg highway (40 mpg combined) 5-speed manual – 34 mpg city/42 mpg highway (37 mpg combined)

Major Standard Features (DE Model)

  • 4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB/iPod® input
  • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) chassis safety cell construction
  • Body colored side mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Power windows with driver's side auto-up/down
  • Power side mirrors
  • Tilt steering
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Halogen headlamps with auto-off
  • Rear spoiler
  • 165/65R14 low rolling-resistance tires
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear heater floor ducts
  • Cargo area cover
  • Piano black center console trim
  • Keyless entry with panic alarm
  • Rear wiper/washer
  • Multi-information meter display
  • ECO indicator
  • Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver's knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Hill Start Assist (CVT only)

ES adds over DE:

  • One-Touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch
  • FAST-Key passive entry
  • Bluetooth® hand-free phone system
  • Cruise control
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 14-in. alloy wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Seat height adjustor
  • Silver interior accents
  • Upgraded seat fabric

Mirage Options:

Navigation Package (ES model) adds: SD navigation system with rear camera monitor (Replace std. audio unit)

Exterior Package adds: Front bumper corner extensions; side sill extensions; rear bumper corner extensions.

Chrome Package adds: Fog light garnish; lower grille garnish; tailgate garnish.

LED Illumination Package adds: Floor LED illumination (blue); console LED illumination (blue); cargo area LED illumination (white).

Parking Assist Package adds: Front park assist sensors; rear park assist sensors.

Protection Package adds: Front & rear mudguards; rear bumper protector; body side moldings.

Cargo Package adds: Cargo mat; cargo net.

Source: Mitsubishi