Mitsubishi Motors is slowly building out its new lineup for the next few years. With an Eclipse Cross PHEV on the way to become the new flagship icon of the automaker, there is also a new generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport based off of a Renault model coming out. Finally, a mystery car, possibly the C/D – segment vehicle promised back in 2020 during the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance mid-term plans conference. Still, there are two smaller vehicles in the lineup that don’t seem like they’re going away. This is especially so for the Mitsubishi Mirage, having a great sales record for the third-quarter of 2021, and beating the competition. How is this possible for a hatchback that seems a little outdated?
Let’s take a look at the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage. Very similar if not the same as 2021 model year, many of the features remain the same. This means the only powertrain is still a 1.2L MIVEC DOHC engine, capable of generating 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. There will be no winning drag races with this hatchback, and it’s less than expected for an average hatchback, but the Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t trying to be the best high-performance vehicle. What the Mirage is most known for is being the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle on the market, with a fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway when consumers choose the 5-speed manual over CVT automatic transmission in the ES trim. The rest of the lineup has a fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with continuously variable transmission (CVT) standard.
Although LED headlights can only be found on high-end trims like the Mitsubishi Mirage SE, the starting MSRP for a bare-bones 2022 Mirage is $14,645 (plus destination fee). The Mirage SE starts at just $17,895 (plus destination fee), and also comes with automatic high beams, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and push-button start for some convenience. Inside the cabin, every vehicle gets a 6-way adjustable driver seat, 4-way adjustable passenger seat, a split-rear bench seat, and automatic climate control for added comfort. A 7-inch smartphone-link display audio system may not be as fancy as some infotainment systems, but this is where Mitsubishi won over on the competition.
Back in 2020 when the Coronavirus outbreak first started, many automakers shut down manufacturing facilities. When they started back up, nearly every automaker joined the cause to produce face masks and hospital supplies due to the extremely low inventory and supplies rapidly depleting. This meant, while automakers with new vehicles on the way took a back seat, whereas Mitsubishi Mirage was in plenty supply. Then again, the 2021 semiconductor chip shortage hurt a lot more new arrivals and updated technology. The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage may still come with age-old tech, but this meant it didn’t need as much of those semiconductors as its competitors. Between the two years, the Mitsubishi Mirage became a hot commodity, with some consumers offering more than $2500 above sticker price to reserve there vehicle on the lot. Trusted by many consumers around the nation, the Mitsubishi Mirage is here to stay. Find your fuel-efficient and reliable Mitsubishi Mirage at Miami Lakes Automall.