I wanted to do a YouTube video, but I lacked time to prep for this.
I took my Mirage on a 2,955km road trip from Southern Ontario to Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario last week. That's about 1,477 km each way. I thought I would record my experience.
My car is a 2017 5 speed with 85,000km. I drove 105-110km/h pretty much the entire way. I made no particular attempt at driving economically. Fuel consumption was a very predictable 4.7L/100km. I think my only complaint was the lack of power for driving up hill in the 2nd half of the drive in the mountains. This was especially apparent when the person ahead of me is driving slow, then speeds up to 120km/h once we hit a passing lane, sometime while going up hill. This happened multiple times and got pretty annoying. There were a few 5500rpm 3rd gear pulls. Sometimes just to keep up with traffic.
I half expected comfort to be an issue on my 16 hour drive, but this was not the case. I made this trip on 2 other occasions in SUVs. First time was a GMC Acadia, and the 2nd time was a Ford Escape. Both vehicles certainly have a more comfortable interior, amd V6 power was great for hill climbs, but not at the gas station. I'm over 6 feet tall and far from skinny, yet I found that I was less fatigued driving the Mirage. My sciatic nerve issues didn't even show themselves in this small car with no arm rests.
All in all, it was a very positive experience and the cost of $82 in fuel each way was a huge bonus. Especially since Northern pumps were over $1.50 per liter.
The photos don't do it justice but the views were incredible. Also I'm glad I brought a full size spare as I had a blow out on the way home.