2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatch Priced From $13,790

With a starting price of $13,790, the subcompact 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage four-door hatchback is the third least expensive car available in the U.S. Only the 2014 Chevrolet Spark hatchback and Nissan Versa sedan, which start at $12,995 and $12,780, respectively including destination, are less expensive.

The 2014 Mirage with the CVT is rated 37/40 mpg city/highway, which makes it the highest EPA-rated non-hybrid car for

fuel economy in the U.S. Models with the five-speed manual transmission are estimated at 34/42mpg, which places it above the Spark (30-31/39 mpg) and Versa (26-31/35-40 mpg), while matching the Scion iQ with its 37-mpg combined rating.

The 2014 Mirage has a slippery exterior with a low 0.28 drag coefficient, and a 74-hp 1.2-liter I-3, with 74 lb-ft of torque and an electric power steering system. For comparison, the Chevrolet Spark is powered by an 84-hp, 83 lb-ft 1.2-liter I-4, while the

Scion iQ is powered by a 94-hp, 89 lb-ft 1.3-liter I-4 and the Nissan Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 with 109 hp and 107 lb-ft.

Starting at $13,790, the base 2014 Mirage DE with a five-speed manual includes automatic climate control, keyless entry, rear spoiler, piano black interior trim, auto-off headlights, and rear seat heating vents. An optional CVT with Hill Start Assist adds $1000 to the DE and SE models. Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags, a TPMS, and Mitsubishi's Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution safety cell technology.

The $14,990 Mirage ES with five-speed manual adds hands-free keyless entry, pushbutton start, Bluetooth, cruise control, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls, silver interior trim, fog lights, and 14-inch alloy wheels. The Mirage SE with the Navigation package model starts at $16,890 and includes the CVT with an SD card-based navigation system and rearview camera.

Source: Mitsubishi

Good job, Mitsubishi.   A bit late to the draw, but good job.  I wish this car wasn't quite so dorky looking, though.  The Honda Fit does a good job of capturing just a bit of the street tuner look--I think that's a good strategy for this segment.  Honestly, some cool rims and a better front end would go a long way.  While I have the outside chance of a Mitsubishi exec paying attention (really, really outside, I know):  PLEASE 1) Update the Gallant, 2) Update the Lancer, 3) Update the Eclipse, 4) Bring back RWD Starion, 5) Bring back a true compact pickup.  Lets get with it, Mitsubishi!  You used to be cool!

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