Mitsubishi Mirage gets ‘most affordable’ nod

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THE fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage has been named the “most affordable vehicle shoppers can buy” by an online automotive resource site.

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According to Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA), Cars.com took into account the Mirage’s minimum feature requirements—Bluetooth capability, USB port, power windows and door locks—as well as destination fees and anticipated five-year fuel costs to calculate the most affordable vehicle to buy and own.

A Mirage variant, which is fitted with a continuously variable transmission and Bluetooth capability, was named Cars.com’s most affordable vehicle as the car comes in at $15,115. The price is more than $1,300 less than the second-place vehicle named in the website’s tally.

Taking into account the cost of ownership, MMNA said Cars.com also calculated anticipated fuel costs for five years, and the Mirage’s combined fuel economy of 14.6kpl was again the most affordable vehicle option with anticipated fuel costs of $7,000 for five years—$500 less than the second-place vehicle.

“When we considered the most affordable cars, it was important that we looked only at models equipped with basic but important options like an automatic transmission and power windows and locks,” said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com’s executive editor. “We wanted to help consumers who want an incredibly affordable car find one that also includes the niceties that almost every shopper has come to expect.”

Powered by a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder DOHC engine, the Mirage is available with either a five-speed manual transmission or the advanced CVT. The car’s standard safety features include seven airbags.

“Having a trusted consumer automotive resource like Cars.com name one of your vehicle offerings as the single most affordably-priced new vehicle model is high praise indeed,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president at MMNA. “It is further testament to what our customers have been telling us all along: The Mitsubishi Mirage—with its low price, outstanding fuel economy, great warranty and welcome convenience features—is an all-around exceptional new-car value.”

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