Published on Apr 24, 2014
Three seasoned automotive journalists were pitted against each other to see who could get the highest MPG driving from Las Vegas to LA in the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage. They were also racing for a cash prize to be donated to a charity of their choice. Participants included Aaron Gold of About.com, Mike Austin of Popular Mechanics, and Joni Gray of Autobytel.
As part of the rules for the event, the participants were only allowed to make very minor modifications to their cars from production form. All of the participants opted to try to reduce aerodynamic drag by taping over the gaps between the hood and the fenders, along with covering up sections on their vehicle's front fascia to varying degrees.
Aaron Gold of About.com, with an astounding fuel efficiency of 74.1 mpg
driving his Kiwi Green 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, finished with the highest MPG in the Mitsubishi Motors Extreme MPG Hypermiling Challenge. Following Aaron in the 275-mile trek from Las Vegas, Nevada to the Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) headquarters in Cypress, California was Mike Austin from Popular Mechanics in his Plasma Purple Mirage and Joni Gray of Autobytel in her Sapphire Blue Mirage. Amazingly, both Mike and Joni tied with an average fuel economy rating of 68.5 mpg
Aaron Gold's charity -- the National Multiple Sclerosis Society -- was awarded the top prize of $1500. Driving on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, Mike Austin earned the veterans service organization an award of $500, with Joni Gray's charity, TJ's Dream Team, scoring $500 to benefit brain cancer research.
To see more photos from the event, visit the Mitsubishi Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Mitsubishi