I noticed it from the first time I drove it. I figure that it is a cost savings thing for Mitsubishi. It seems like it is something that is supposed to be on cars that have stop-start. Instead of changing the transmission programming because the cars in the USA do not have stop-start, they just came up with a catchy name to make it seem like a feature. It almost reminds me of my old Smart Fortwo. Those cars have an automated manual transmission and it put itself into neutral on every stop. This one only does it when you have been stopped for more than a few seconds. If you move quickly from the brake to the gas, there is a small jerk when the transmission engages. I can see how reviewers and even people taking it for a long test drive would be put off by it. I am used to it, but it does annoy me at times because I expected a CVT to be a lot smoother.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 42.5 mpg (US) ... 18.1 km/L ... 5.5 L/100 km ... 51.1 mpg (Imp)