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    Mitsubishi Mirage - 20,000 miles later

    Hi All,

    Last year I bought a 2014 Mirage ES, CVT. Previously, I drove a 2013 Nissan Sentra SV for 11 months. The Sentra was comfortable and provided good gas mileage. I got about 37 MPG, mostly driving at 40-60 mph back-roads with red lights approximately every 3 miles (averaging here stop 6-7 times, both early morning and night time). My commute is 22 miles each way.

    I had heard and read about the Mirage in multiple places, with particular interest in its fuel economy. My wife and I decided to take a look at it and test drive it. I did not mind much for looks or acceleration/performance so I went ahead with the purchase with little support from my wife (all major financial decisions are jointly made), the car appeared small and we had 2 little ones.

    The Mirage fuel economy has been as follows: a) For driving to work (as described above) the car get 41-42 MPG in cold weather and 47-48 MPG in warm weather. I have taken the car to a few trips 1) To Ann Arbor, MI in Sept 2014, I drove (by myself) most of the way 70 mph and got 42-43 MPG, on the way back drove 75-80 mph and got 40 MPG; and 2) similarly, I drove to Kansas Dec 2014 round trip with wife, 2 kids, luggage (total about 450-475 lb) at 70 mph and got 42 MPG, on the way back (another 50 pounds or so of extra stuff) I drove faster 80 mph and got 37-38 MPG. I find the trip computer MPG to be near actual values obtained at the pump, some of the members here say 2-4%. The most fuel I have ever put is 8 gallons.

    Surprises with the Mirage: First and foremost, we have no issues of space our 2 kids (car seat and booster) fit just fine, and their cousin fit just fine between them - The Mirage flat 2nd row allows for good use of space. Moreover, we are expecting a third child and I have been able to manage to fit a 3rd car seat. This, however, may not be a good idea because it is somewhat labor intensive. I have not had the time yet, but I should do it again and post the picture in car-seat.org.

    Problems with the Mirage: Mechanical, I had one issue with the Mirage engine light, not sure what it was but it was taken care off by the dealer. The Bluetooth work until I changed phones. I have a Samsung cell phone and the Mirage doesn't take it. I have read the manual and followed the instructions without success. Mitsubishi has a disclaimer that not all phones are compatible - Unfortunately, this was not discussed and I never brought up the issue at the time we purchased the car. I have not approach the Dealer or Mitsubishi Corp about this, but this is the only issue with the Mirage. Had I known this, I would have bought the Mirage DE.

    So far, I find Mitsubishi to be reasonable with their maintenance cost: complementary 7,500 mile oil change; 15,000 mile oil change and tire rotation was just over $70. I will have to do the 22,500 mile check soon. Has any of you done a 30,000 mile maintenance at a Mitsubishi Dealer yet? If so, how much did it cost?

    I am sure some of you would agree that the Mirage is the best value out there. Having said that, the 2016 Mazda-2 and the 2016 Toyota Yaris will likely come close (MPG wise) to the Mirage, but the Mirage will likely keep a financial edge (~ 2-3k lower $)

    I look forward to be more active in this site.



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    Try to equip a Yaris like a ES mirage it's about $18k, there is no 2016 Mazda 2 in the USA, they put a end to it

    Nice review! Sad the phone isn't comparable, there is always the option of a different phone though my iPhone 6 works great but I know android users are faithful to android lol
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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 44.8 mpg (US) ... 19.1 km/L ... 5.2 L/100 km ... 53.9 mpg (Imp)


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    It was listed in fueleconomy.gov, I just saw a few sites stating the Mazda-2 will be sold only in Puerto Rico. I will try to reach the dealer and then Mitsubishi, if it doesn't work then I would ask Mitusbishi to provide me a list of cell phones that work. Thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cortisol View Post
    Hi All,


    Problems with the Mirage: Mechanical, I had one issue with the Mirage engine light, not sure what it was but it was taken care off by the dealer. The Bluetooth work until I changed phones. I have a Samsung cell phone and the Mirage doesn't take it. I have read the manual and followed the instructions without success. Mitsubishi has a disclaimer that not all phones are compatible - Unfortunately, this was not discussed and I never brought up the issue at the time we purchased the car. I have not approach the Dealer or Mitsubishi Corp about this, but this is the only issue with the Mirage. Had I known this, I would have bought the Mirage DE.
    I find this a bit odd. Is this a new phone? They put that disclaimer on so people don't try to use outdated phones with old (incomplete) bluetooth standards and then call it a problem with the car. The car and phone handshake using industry-wide bluetooth standards, so I would be surprised if a Samsung phone that is not several years old would be incompatible. I'm not saying there isnt a problem or you are doing something wrong, but I wouldn't give up on it quite yet. Samsung is a big name manufacturer and I would imagine there would be a lot of complaints of this from other owners if there was a widespread issue. Have you tried completely clearing the paired devices in the phone and stereo?

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    I have a '15 ES and a Samsung Galaxy S2, and the Bluetooth works great. My carrier is T-Mobile.

    If your phone is this age or older, have you tried downloading the latest version of the cellphone software for your phone from Samsung?

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    I have 2015 ES with Samsung Galaxy S5 with no issues.

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 40.2 mpg (US) ... 17.1 km/L ... 5.9 L/100 km ... 48.3 mpg (Imp)


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    Quote Originally Posted by db1980 View Post
    I find this a bit odd. Is this a new phone? They put that disclaimer on so people don't try to use outdated phones with old (incomplete) bluetooth standards and then call it a problem with the car. The car and phone handshake using industry-wide bluetooth standards, so I would be surprised if a Samsung phone that is not several years old would be incompatible. I'm not saying there isnt a problem or you are doing something wrong, but I wouldn't give up on it quite yet. Samsung is a big name manufacturer and I would imagine there would be a lot of complaints of this from other owners if there was a widespread issue. Have you tried completely clearing the paired devices in the phone and stereo?
    Took it to the dealer last Friday they fixed it in 3 minutes!!

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    Took it to the dealer last Friday they fixed it in 3 minutes!!
    Woohoo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cortisol View Post
    Hi All,

    Last year I bought a 2014 Mirage ES, CVT. Previously, I drove a 2013 Nissan Sentra SV for 11 months. The Sentra was comfortable and provided good gas mileage. I got about 37 MPG, mostly driving at 40-60 mph back-roads with red lights approximately every 3 miles (averaging here stop 6-7 times, both early morning and night time). My commute is 22 miles each way.

    I had heard and read about the Mirage in multiple places, with particular interest in its fuel economy. My wife and I decided to take a look at it and test drive it. I did not mind much for looks or acceleration/performance so I went ahead with the purchase with little support from my wife (all major financial decisions are jointly made), the car appeared small and we had 2 little ones.

    The Mirage fuel economy has been as follows: a) For driving to work (as described above) the car get 41-42 MPG in cold weather and 47-48 MPG in warm weather. I have taken the car to a few trips 1) To Ann Arbor, MI in Sept 2014, I drove (by myself) most of the way 70 mph and got 42-43 MPG, on the way back drove 75-80 mph and got 40 MPG; and 2) similarly, I drove to Kansas Dec 2014 round trip with wife, 2 kids, luggage (total about 450-475 lb) at 70 mph and got 42 MPG, on the way back (another 50 pounds or so of extra stuff) I drove faster 80 mph and got 37-38 MPG. I find the trip computer MPG to be near actual values obtained at the pump, some of the members here say 2-4%. The most fuel I have ever put is 8 gallons.

    Surprises with the Mirage: First and foremost, we have no issues of space our 2 kids (car seat and booster) fit just fine, and their cousin fit just fine between them - The Mirage flat 2nd row allows for good use of space. Moreover, we are expecting a third child and I have been able to manage to fit a 3rd car seat. This, however, may not be a good idea because it is somewhat labor intensive. I have not had the time yet, but I should do it again and post the picture in car-seat.org.

    Problems with the Mirage: Mechanical, I had one issue with the Mirage engine light, not sure what it was but it was taken care off by the dealer. The Bluetooth work until I changed phones. I have a Samsung cell phone and the Mirage doesn't take it. I have read the manual and followed the instructions without success. Mitsubishi has a disclaimer that not all phones are compatible - Unfortunately, this was not discussed and I never brought up the issue at the time we purchased the car. I have not approach the Dealer or Mitsubishi Corp about this, but this is the only issue with the Mirage. Had I known this, I would have bought the Mirage DE.

    So far, I find Mitsubishi to be reasonable with their maintenance cost: complementary 7,500 mile oil change; 15,000 mile oil change and tire rotation was just over $70. I will have to do the 22,500 mile check soon. Has any of you done a 30,000 mile maintenance at a Mitsubishi Dealer yet? If so, how much did it cost?

    I am sure some of you would agree that the Mirage is the best value out there. Having said that, the 2016 Mazda-2 and the 2016 Toyota Yaris will likely come close (MPG wise) to the Mirage, but the Mirage will likely keep a financial edge (~ 2-3k lower $)

    I look forward to be more active in this site.
    How was the Sentra? Problems? My mirage is manual and I want an auto. Dealers here have crazy deals on versas and sentras.

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2017 Mirage G4 ES CVT 1.2 automatic: 42.0 mpg (US) ... 17.9 km/L ... 5.6 L/100 km ... 50.4 mpg (Imp)


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    Quote Originally Posted by remusrm View Post
    How was the Sentra? Problems? My mirage is manual and I want an auto. Dealers here have crazy deals on versas and sentras.
    The Sentra was a nice and comfortable car. I had no problems with it, just to let you know that the MPG indicator miss calculates by about 6-8%!. Did a long trip (all Hwy) computer 36.x vs calculated at the gas pump 33.x. Similar differences were noted on the way back. FYI never got the 39MPG they advertised.

    Best,



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