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    U.S: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-speed manual mileage/MPG

    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
    90.6%
    96.9%

    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


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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


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    Good news for us!

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 49.0 mpg (US) ... 20.8 km/L ... 4.8 L/100 km ... 58.8 mpg (Imp)


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    Update:

    Official EPA fuel economy rating for the 5MT has been released:

    34 City
    42 Highway
    37 Combined

    So we were off by 1 MPG highway (which affects combined).

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


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    Now if they could make the stick a 6 speed, that highway mpg could be 44+

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    Even if it were a 6 speed they wouldn't sell it with that tall of gearing. It would feel too doggy on the highway and people would complain cause they'd have to shift to go up hills and what not. With the automatic you have fast/easy downshifting so its not noticeable.

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 49.0 mpg (US) ... 20.8 km/L ... 4.8 L/100 km ... 58.8 mpg (Imp)


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    I think around 2500-2800 RPM would be fine on u.s highways.

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    I don't get it, to be honest. If I'm willing to drive a manual (prefer it!), I'm perfectly willing to downshift if I need extra power for passing or climbing hills. I wonder why they think other owners wouldn't be? If I didn't want to shift, I wouldn't have gotten the manual!

    I don't expect that I never have to drop out of top gear. I'd rather they give me the taller top gear for lower RPM fuel economy, and I'll shift if & when required.

    I actually installed a taller final drive in my Firefly/Metro transmission to give me more efficient gearing than was ever offered from the factory. Better fuel economy, and I downshift when I want the extra power! (All 50 horses worth )

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


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    Simple answer: people are lazy.

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 49.0 mpg (US) ... 20.8 km/L ... 4.8 L/100 km ... 58.8 mpg (Imp)


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    Or badly trained: I once drove with a friend who complained that her 5-speed car was terribly slow at passing...

    Because she'd never been taught to downshift for power!

    So I taught her.


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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


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