Those tires look smaller than my Mirage's, same 4 bolt pattern.
Kind of a cliche, but cars (and houses) are getting way too expensive. The cheapest manual new car I can buy is probably the Chevy Spark, but honestly you can also get a $17,000 manual tranny 2021 Hyundai Elantra, and that's almost a mid-size car and you would still get 40 miles a gallon I bet.
But the styling of the new Elantra is arguably chintzy, and I wonder if it'll date super quick. But over $17 grand or thereabouts for a basic new car. That's like $300 bucks a month in car payments. Not exactly affordable transportation for the average Joe or Jane.
And most people opt for a way more expensive vehicle. I did some searching on certified used toyota hybrids, and they're all expensive. The Prius C is about 11" longer than the Mirage hatch. But Toyota wants over $14 grand for a 5 year old car. 6 month warranty.
View my fuel log 214 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 41.8 mpg (US) ... 17.8 km/L ... 5.6 L/100 km ... 50.2 mpg (Imp)