Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4

Highlights of the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sound like two trims of the same model. In actuality, they’re two different, separate models. The two share many similarities, such as their powertrain, and both have some of the best fuel economy ratings in their vehicle class. However, the Mitsubishi Mirage is a hatchback/5-door sedan, whereas the Mitsubishi Mirage is a regular, standard sedan. Aside from that though, one can find many similarities between the two, and the real deciding factor may just come down to personal preference and cargo space.

Personalization

When it comes to personalizing either the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage or Mitsubishi Mirage G4, most of it comes down to color choices for the exterior. Options like the wheel size or design are set, aside from the ability to upgrade from 14-inch steel wheels to 15-inch dark chrome alloy wheels on the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES, as well as opt-in for a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Each model only has one color scheme for the interior – black on black.

Between the two models, there are seven color choices for the Mirage 4 and eight color choices for the Mirage. The color choices for the Mirage 4 are as follows – Infrared Metallic, Mercury Gray Metallic, Mystic Black Metallic, Pearl White, Sapphire Blue Metallic, Starlight Silver Metallic, and Wine Red Metallic. The Mitsubishi Mirage has the same color choices, plus its iconic Sunrise Orange Metallic.

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Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Electric Autonomous Platform

Mitsubishi Electric Builds an Interconnected Smart Platform

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Electric Autonomous Platform

Mitsubishi Motors is really turning heads these days. Joining Nissan-Renault in the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance was probably the step up they needed, because ever since something new is coming from Mitsubishi that will surely make a statement. The first surprise was the all in-house 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the return of their Eclipse nameplate on a crossover. Over the last year, they’ve been working with the alliance to match the objectives of other automakers. Alternative fuel, self-driving cars, interconnected lifestyles – Mitsubishi Motors is getting in all of it. Next up, a platform that allows smart appliances to talk to each other!

The Venture and Technology

In mid-January 2018, the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance announced a new funding campaign called “Alliance Ventures”. Set to invest $1 billion in order to support open innovation, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in technology, their focus is on autonomous systems, electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity, and artificial intelligence. $200 billion was allocated for the first year’s budget, and we can see some of that money going into partnerships they’re seeking to build a fleet of Robotaxis.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Saves Money and Reduces Tailpipe Emissions

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Mitsubishi hasn’t been in the spotlight in the U.S. too much in the last few years, but that’s about to change. Mitsubishi has finally decided to bring the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to the U.S., and considering that it is the number one selling PHEV in the U.K. and Europe and it’s only the fourth PHEV in the world to sell more than 100,000 units globally, it’s probably going to bring Mitsubishi’s name into the automobile market a little more.

Why the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

There are a couple unique traits the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers that have made it a success overseas. The Outlander PHEV is one of the most versatile PHEV vehicles on the market because it has a spacious cabin and it offers consumers all-wheel-drive, something that isn’t common in the PHEV world. Not only do owners have the convenience of being able to carry five passengers and cargo and drive in road conditions or challenging terrains other vehicles can’t, owners also have the ability to do all of that without paying a steep price for fuel or driving around a large SUV that emits a lot of tailpipe emissions.

Cost to Drive Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Thanks to the electric powertrain and the gas powertrain, drivers of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV save a lot of money in fuel costs. When using the electric and gas powertrain, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 74 MPGe, which is excellent. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can also be driven just on electricity for up to 22 miles, so that means an individual with a daily commute of 20 miles or less, can drive their PHEV for just the cost to charge it up at home, or about $1.59 per mile. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver spends about $1,200 in fuel costs in one year and in comparison to the average vehicle, the average driver driving the Outlander PHEV saves about $1,000 in fuel costs in five years.

Fuel Costs and Tailpipe Emissions Compared to the Competition

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is considered a compact crossover, and that vehicle segment is quite competitive. There are about 16 vehicles in the non-luxury compact crossover segment, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the only PHEV option. That means, the Outlander PHEV is the compact crossover that can be powered by pure electricity, which results in less harmful tailpipe emissions and a more fuel efficient ride. Though, the Outlander PHEV is the only plug-in option, there are two compact crossovers that are available as hybrids, and they are definitely great vehicles, too.

The two compact crossover options are the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid, and both of those are available with all-wheel-drive. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD has an average fuel economy of 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD has an average fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

However, since both vehicles are hybrids, neither model can be driven on pure electricity, so owners are always responsible for filling up at the gas pump. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD spends about $1,150 in fuel costs each year and the average driver of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD spends about $1,200 in fuel costs each year, which is the same cost as the Outlander PHEV.

When it comes to emissions and annual petroleum consumption, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is significantly better than both compact crossover hybrid options. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD consumes an average 10.3 barrels of petroleum per year and the Nissan Rogue AWD Hybrid AWD consumes an average of 10 barrels, which is a far cry from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s average of 6.8 barrels per year.

Additionally, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD releases an average of 275 grams of tailpipe CO2 emissions per mile and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD releases an average of 276 grams of tailpipe CO2 emissions per mile, and again, that’s significantly more than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s average of 176 grams.

Come by Miami Lakes Mitsubishi to test drive a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for yourself. We’re conveniently located in Miami Lakes between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and we are open seven days a week.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander vs 2018 Outlander Sport

2018-outlander-vs-sport-MLAMMitsubishi has a very small model lineup and each of their vehicles is designed for a specific purpose. While the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport look similar and have similar names, they both have unique characteristics that make them better for different consumers. Here’s a closer look at the differences and similarities between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.  

While they both share the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that supports up to 30 highway MPG, they don’t share a lot of other similarities. CVT is an automatic transmission that changes effortlessly through an ongoing range of effective gear ratios as opposed to having a fixed number of gear ratios. CVT supplies great fuel economy and both vehicles provide great fuel economy.

Engine Differences

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport both come standard with an inline-4 engine, but the base engine and the other available engines are different.  

The base engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, providing 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, and the base engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Buyers of either vehicle can increase the vehicle’s horsepower with the available 224-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine (optional on the Mitsubishi Outlander) or the available 168-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 engine (optional on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport).

Transmission

With the exception of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES (Outlander Sport base trim) and the Mitsubishi Outlander GT (Outlander premier trim), all Outlander and Outlander Sport trims come standard with an automatic CVT transmission. The Outlander Sport ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but buyers can upgrade to an automatic CVT transmission. The Outlander GT comes standard with a six-speed electronic automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4-liter 2 wheel drive automatic provides 25 / 30 city / highway MPG while the 2.0-liter engine with manual 5-speed and 2 wheel drive settles at 23 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 4 wheel drive of the 2.4-liter engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander gets 24 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 6 cylinder, 3.0-liter automatic gets only 20 city / 27 highway.

For the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the 2 wheel drive, 2.0-liter automatic has 24 / 30 city / highway MPG. The 2 wheel drive on the 2.4-liter automatic provides 23 / 29 city / highway MPG.  The 4 wheel drive with the 2.0-liter automatic 4 cylinder has 23 city / 29 highway and the 4 wheel drive 4 cylinder with a 2.4-liter engine gets 23 city / 28 highway.

Size

Comparing both vehicles, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a crossover SUV and it is larger than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which is considered a subcompact crossover. The Mitsubishi Outlander is available as a five-passenger or seven-passenger vehicle, while the Outlander Sport is only available as a five-passenger vehicle. Behind the first row seats, the Outlander has 63.3 cubic feet of SAE volume and the Outlander Sport has 49.5 cubic feet of SE volume.

In terms of the exterior size differences that result in a different driving experience, there isn’t a huge difference. The Mitsubishi Outlander is 184.8 inches versus the Outlander Sport at 171.5 inches exterior length, but they both have the same turning radius of 17.4’ and the same ground clearance of 8.5 inches.

Features

With a respectable amount of standard features, both the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport provide fold flat rear seats, Bluetooth capabilities, alarm, tire pressure warning systems and stability control. Automatic climate control, aux input capabilities and audio controls are directly changeable from the steering wheel are standard well.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander provides additional features that separate from the Outlander Sport with additions like heated seats, third-row seating, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Pricing Differences

The Outlander is a larger vehicle and it comes standard with a stronger base engine, so it has a higher starting MSRP than the Outlander Sport. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a starting MSRP of $20,395 (plus destination fee) and the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander has a starting MSRP of $23,945 (plus destination fee).

Warranty

Since the Outlander Sport and the Outlander are Mitsubishi models, they are both backed by the same industry-leading warranty. Mitsubishi backs all of their gas-powered vehicles with a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.  

Make The Call

To see the differences up close, visit Miami Lakes Automall, where you’ll be able to test drive both 2018 Mitsubishi models to decide which vehicle makes the most sense for you. We stand behind both vehicles and will be happy to help you with your next vehicle purchase, trade-in or lease.

 

Miami Lakes Automall Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Robotaxis

Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance Seeks Partnership for Robotaxis

Miami Lakes Automall Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Robotaxis

The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance recently unveiled plans to seek out and talk “partnership” with Robotaxi companies in the coming months. If unfamiliar with the term “Robotaxi,” think of it like an autonomous, self-driving taxi or Uber, that may also have some artificial intelligence integrated into the console for human-to-robot interaction. Maybe interacting with these “Robotaxis” will be as simple as telling the vehicle where to go, or maybe as advanced and new age as the virtual assistant in the Mitsubishi Connect concept movie (seen below).

It shouldn’t come as any surprise. Since Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault signed off on their partnership, Mitsubishi has looked into Nissan-Renault resources for global expansion. Not only that, but the Nissan-Renault Mitsubishi Alliance as a whole has plans to hit the hybrid and electric vehicle market hard with a total of 500,000 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the making. In addition to this, the alliance plans to develop fifteen models with autonomous features by 2022, including a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle.

This brings up a question. Will these self-driving vehicles be able to deliver all of the exciting prospects Mitsubishi debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with their Mitsubishi e-Evolution or the Mitsubishi Electric Emirai 4? Will these autonomous vehicles be as advanced as to support artificial intelligence by Mitsubishi or other automakers in the industry? Several companies are already working on self-driving vehicles, such as Google, Uber, Apple, Chevrolet, and others. Chevrolet/GM even has claims to already be the first automaker to produce a driverless car with all the success of the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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Miami Lakes Automall Reducing Carbon Footprint

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in 2018

Miami Lakes Automall Reducing Carbon Footprint

Some people’s New Year’s resolution isn’t about losing weight or exercising more, but about reducing their carbon footprint, and when it comes to transportation, there are many ways to make that resolution happen. The idea of reducing one’s carbon footprint has become more popular in the last few years, and with the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles like the Kia Niro PHEV and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV it’s definitely something that can be achieved.

Cars and Emissions

The easiest way for one to reduce their carbon footprint when it comes to driving a vehicle is buying or leasing a vehicle that is more fuel efficient than their previous vehicle. Sure, swapping out a gas guzzler for a vehicle that has a larger average fuel economy will reduce one’s carbon footprint, but to significantly reduce one’s carbon footprint, one should opt for a vehicle that emits less tailpipe emissions. A vehicle powered by alternative fuel, like an EV or PHEV will do the trick.

Take the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for example. It has an affordable starting MSRP of $34,595 and thanks to its fuel economy, the average driver can expect to save about $480 in savings every year on gas. Also the Outlander PHEV is eligible for up to a $5,836 federal tax credit, and that means taxpayers who owe taxes the year they purchased the vehicle will be credited with $5,836*

Don’t just take our word for it though. Look at websites like FuelEconomy.gov. They don’t have the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV up yet, so we compared two of our vehicles to another brand out there.

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