Mitsubishi has finally provided details on the U.S.-bound Mirage subcompact. Arriving this fall as a 2014 model, the Mirage is said to get 37/44 mpg city/highway, which would make it the most efficient gas-powered non-hybrid car in the U.S. today.
Of course, making possible that eye-popping manufacturer-estimated efficiency is a very small engine and a low 0.28 coefficient of drag. Under the hood of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a 74-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, with 74 lb-ft of torque. The 44 mpg highway comes with the available CVT; a five-speed manual is standard. Mitsubishi says the 2014 Mirage will offer a best-in-class turning radius, and like the Honda Fit and Mazda2, will only be available in a five-passenger four-door hatch configuration.
Standard equipment on the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage DE includes a tilt steering wheel, automatic climate control, power windows (driver's side auto up/down), power side mirrors, keyless entry with a panic alarm, a rear spoiler, and a four-speaker 140-watt sound system with a CD player and USB/iPod input. Go for the ES model and you add 14-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an engine start button, Bluetooth, and cruise control. Front and rear parking sensors, a navigation system, LED interior lighting, and chrome accents are available, but we're guessing the best value to be had is in a mid-level Mirage.
Compared to the Mazda2, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is 6.7 inches shorter but still 4.1 inches longer than the Chevrolet Spark. When the 2014 Mirage arrives in the fall, it'll likely rank high on the lists of those who value fuel economy and a low price above all else. We look forward to driving a U.S.-spec model soon.