When the U.S. Mirage was unveiled last month at the N.Y. auto show, the company gave mileage estimates only for the CVT version of the car.
We now have estimates for the 5-speed car too:
Mirage 1.2L, 5-speed manual Mirage 1.2L, CVT automatic OUR PREDICTION: 34 (33.5) mpg (US) city
OFFICIAL EPA: 34 mpg city
OUR PREDICTION: 43 (42.6) mpg (US) highway
OFFICIAL EPA: 42 mpg highway
OUR PREDICTION: 38 (37.6) mpg (US) combined
OFFICIAL EPA: 37 mpg combined
EPA: 37 mpg (US) city
EPA:44 mpg (US) highway
EPA:40 mpg (US) combined
UPDATE, Aug 19th - official 5MT ratings released, see post #3 below.
If these numbers receive the official EPA stamp, that means both the automatic (CVT) and manual versions of the Mirage have higher combined mileage than the previous best non-hybrid available (the Scion/Toyota iQ).
How did we get the 5-speed numbers?
With today's news about the fuel economy ratings for the Canadian Mirage, we have the projected NRCAN (Natural Resources CANada) ratings for both transmissions. And while the final numbers produced using Canada's test procedures can't be directly converted to U.S. EPA results, the percent difference between automatic and manual transmissions is consistent under both testing systems (based on cars in the same class).
In Canada, the ratings for both transmissions are:
Mirage 1.2L, 5-speed manual Mirage 1.2L, CVT automatic 5-spd % of CVT value 48 mpg (Imperial) city
62 mpg (Imperial) highway
53 mpg (Imperial) city
64 mpg (Imperial) highway
We applied the % difference to the U.S. CVT ratings to get the U.S. 5-speed ratings. This formula is accurate for other similar cars (e.g. Chevy Spark, Mazda 2), verified against their published EPA values.
SEE ALSO: Thread: Speed vs. mileage/fuel economy chart - Mirage 1.2L 5-spd