Thanks for the article post, inuvik. The reviewer's right, Mirage in base 5 speed form, is one of the last simple, no-nonsense appliance vehicles out there.
Car for the proletariats of the world indeed. Myself included. Too bad more people didn't wake up to fiscal sense, and not spend all their money on expensive cars. 5 speed is where the bargain's at.
By the way, I think the 2021 Hyundai Elantra, @ around $17,500 Canadian, is one of the last manual base cars you can get north of the 49. Pretty sure it's a 6 speed, and comes with luxuries like AC. No cruise however!
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 42.2 mpg (US) ... 17.9 km/L ... 5.6 L/100 km ... 50.7 mpg (Imp)