Way back in 1989, Mitsubishi scored a 10Best win with its Mirage Turbo. That delightful little compact led its class in refinement, performance, and design. Fast-forward 25 years to the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage and it looks like things have gone backward—fast.
If the new Mirage were sent back a quarter century, it probably couldn’t return with a 10Best trophy unless it wrestled one away from the old Mirage and raced back into the time machine. But with 74 horsepower, the new Mirage isn’t racing anywhere. Floor it, something you’ll find yourself doing a lot, and the 77 decibels of ringing three-cylinder grittiness will make you wonder if there’s actually a leaf blower under the hood.
Even when idling, the little 1.2-liter sends quivers through the entire car. And should you opt for the CVT, the trio of cylinders will grumble in protest every time you try to accelerate. And by acceleration, we’re talking about a zero-to-60 time of 10.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 18.3 seconds at 75 mph. This is from the Evo company?
Small-car shoppers likely will be more interested in the Mirage’s 37-mpg city/44-mpg highway fuel efficiency. We couldn’t verify those numbers, though; we managed an unimpressive 26 mpg, mostly because we found ourselves using every bit of the 1.2’s power just to keep from being run over by pelotons of shouting cyclists. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by TONY QUIROGA