"It's three quarters of a car" - one of my friends
"Is that thing a hybrid" - State patrolman who was getting gas the same time as me
To which I replied: "No but it gets over 50 mpg all the same!"
I don't get many comments about my Mirage. I think there are two main reasons for that.
1. Most people could care less about small cars. I live where F-150, Silverado, & Ram trucks rule. It's hard to enter the "which pickup truck is supreme debate" when owning/driving a Mirage.
2. Most people are kind & if they don't have anything nice to say, they don't say anything at all. I don't feel most people think very highly of small cars or have much interest in them. Former Metro owners are the exception. They still show an interest in 3 cylinder cars.
If someone does ask me about my Mirage, the discussion revolves around purchase price, reliability/warranty, & good economy. Whether that creates Mirage envy, I don't know? I don't have any friends or relatives buying one!
I've only gotten one comment (so far). It was by one of the other veterans I work with. He drives a Charger Hellcat. We pulled up to work at the same time and he said "so this is the gas saver, huh?" I told him 48mpg ain't too bad and he said "well I can't argue with you there". Having different interests doesn't mean you can't appreciate your differences.
When I was at the dealer yesterday I had popped the hood on a mirage in the showroom. An old man walked by and asked if I was looking for the gerbils.
I dont get how people cant get the cool factor. I mean I drive an Evo and we own a mirage. They're both totally cool in their own ways. I dont want to always drive 400+ hp car that gets around 15mpg on premium and yet still has a tiny gas tank. I also think the styling of the mirage is nice and appealing. Its one of the reason I like it more so than the versa which would have been the other choice.
The only comment we get it is when in conversation about the car they're shocked its a 3 cylinder.
I drive mine to car meets and when I do open the hood, people surround it JUST to see a 3 cylinder powered car. And I guess that's a neat thing about the Mirage...it only has 3 cylinders.
What people have said:
"I wish I had that gas mileage"
"those are some tiny ass tires!"
"the battery looks bigger than the engine"
"gets better mileage than my prius" < I haha'd that dude's comment.
Overall, the car gets a lot of crap online but in reality, people want this car because it is the modern 'beater'. Around my town, you can get find a 14-15 model for under $5-6k all day with under 100,000 miles. That's a pretty fair price. But I'm still shocked at how well the value is staying for the Mirages though. I thought they'd dip under $3k after 2020 but nope, I've seen them sell pretty quickly for $5k decent condition ones. So, I guess some people are noticing these.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 43.4 mpg (US) ... 18.5 km/L ... 5.4 L/100 km ... 52.1 mpg (Imp)
I also get asked how much I paid for my car. When I say $6000, they make a face like I overpaid so I have to explain it only had 37,000km on it and it' was only 5 years old, and has heated seats. Everyone thinks it's an old 15 year old metro or something. Nothing against metro's lol
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE wussie cvt edition. 1.2 automatic: 37.7 mpg (US) ... 16.0 km/L ... 6.2 L/100 km ... 45.3 mpg (Imp)
Actually kind of hurt my feelings, except really more I hurt for them because they will never get out of the cycle...
And now they are over paying monthly for a Ford Fusion... LE SIGH
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 44.4 mpg (US) ... 18.9 km/L ... 5.3 L/100 km ... 53.3 mpg (Imp)
View my fuel log 2020 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 42.1 mpg (US) ... 17.9 km/L ... 5.6 L/100 km ... 50.6 mpg (Imp)