Well, first off, we bought our 2015 Mirage DE about 2 months ago. Like other recently new members, it was a rental from Hertz. We picked it up in excellent condition with 31K for about $7K. We needed a third car with excellent MPG, no payments and reliable. There were no other even close contenders when we made the purchase. FWIW, our other two rigs are a 2010 AWD Toyota Matrix and a 2012 Tacoma 4WD, as we do live in snow country.
Things to love about the Mirage after 2 months:
• MPG, MPG, MPG All fill-ups have come in at 48-49 mpg with mixed driving.
• No payment
• Good basic sound system, loaded 1000 songs on a USB stick and we're good to go
• Super roomy for a tiny car
• No hybrid complications
• Friends assume we bought it for $15K and think that would be a good deal
• So far has performed well in light snow and slick conditions even with Enasaves
As it turns out, after lurking here for the last two months, a number of you are former or current Metro owners. We owned 2 in the 90's. Both paid for themselves in gas versus car payment for a long commuter cars. Before reading this forum, and after the test drive on the Mirage, we said it felt like driving a new and improved Metro.
So this weekend, we had a family emergency and had to go to the Bay area. My wife needed to stay there, and I needed to be back home today. The cheapest and fastest solution was to rent a car one way - just about the same as a bus ticket but arrived in half the time. That rental happened to be a Toyota Yaris. I like the Mirage a lot more than the Yaris. Here's what I found:
• Only 33 mpg in freeway driving, driving in the same manner I would drive the Mirage
• The auto tranny downshifted on the slightest grades to a gear that caused high revs, and a buzzy noisy cabin
• No keyless remote entry
• No remote control for exterior mirrors, mirrors are too small
• A very busy ride
• Rear seat belts hang from ceiling and obstruct rear view
• Difficult to operate radio while driving and poor sound quality
• The cyclops uni-windshield wiper leaves a big corner untouched in the upper right
All of those tradeoffs were not worth the additional power the Yaris offered. This morning, I had a choice of cars for the work commute: the Yaris or the Mirage. I chose the Mirage even though I could have put 100 more free miles on the Yaris.
The Yaris looks like a giant in the garage compared to the Mirage.
Last edited by Gone2Alpine; 12-12-2016 at 10:48 PM.
Yes, you don't see the tiny scratches on the white color. And for some reason the overall shape of the white cars was much better. I appreciate that Mitsu does have the pearl white and not a plain white color on this car. I had no preference on that, but due to the better condition and the summer weather in Reno I think it was a good decision.
I like the possibility of easy modifications. Just added the outside temperature to the MID.