Bare bones - Taking a fresh think about this, maybe I'm being a bit hypocritical (sort of). I wouldn't buy any car without A/C and cruise. Adding those items makes it NOT bare bones, so ... I guess I have to admit, I wouldn't purchase a bare bones car. I realize this because in 2017ish, I was trying to finagle a deal on an SE (never worked it out). Because at that time I wouldn't buy the ES because it didn't have cruise control. I was surprised with the later ES's came with cruise control.
So no, I don't consider the 2020 ES that I bought to be bare bones. It is fairly nicely equipped, even though the automatic climate control stinks ... just like even the one in my LS 460 stinks.
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)