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When the Race Organizer head off to work at the 24 Hours race lemon in some remote corner of the country, sometimes I drive a sporty coupe that is strong, sometimes I drive honkin 'big truck Warlord Grade, and sometimes I drive eco machine electric-friendly. Occasionally, though, real-world test of econobox bargain-basement is in order, and for that reason I was driving a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT to Arse Sweat-a-Palooza race at Thunderhill Raceway Northern California.
I am reviewing the base-trim-level ES Mirage back in 2014, driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and I think it is a very useful means of transportation. This is in stark contrast to the opinion expressed by most reviewers, who seem to feel that falling down the spiral staircase inside a 55-gallon drum full of fire ants would be better to even look at the Mirage. Mirage 2017 has been revised slightly, with horsepower up to 78 from 74 and many gadgets are added, and I will continue to say that Mirage has not been much evidence that we are living in the Golden Age of cheap econoboxes.
|2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT review|
Why would you buy a new $ 12,995 (or, in the case of the GT we saw today, $ 16,495) Mirage, when only $ 20,970 you can get a far superior Ford Fiesta ST? Or some great deals on used cars which will give joy to drive? The answer to that question is: Man. Yes, Downpressor Man, who extorted young Americans enter the workforce harder and more violent than at any time since the dawn of Japanese Econobox Miserable. If you're 22 with a six-figure college debt and you've just managed to claw your way to work dragging TPS Reports in one of the cubicles cruel The Man, you know that you're doomed if you lose a job even once because of transportation problems. Because this is America, you need a car, preferably a new car with a warranty calming remain in effect until you can kick and cheat your way to job security is enough to buy a car that is fun and packed with comfort and status. The Mirage is a car like that.
The Mirage is not quite as cheap as $ 11,990 new Nissan Versa sedan, and did not drive very well or ride as comfortably as the Versa, but packs a 5-year / 60,000-mile basic warranty is strong and 10- year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Chevrolet Spark starts at $ 13,875 and a little Korean car was fine, but a few thousand are added to the debt you will find it very hard if you are just trying to dig a little Mousehole into a small corner of the American Dream Baby Boomers have been handed down to you.
I took Mirage in San Francisco Bay Area and drove the 150 miles of Interstate 5 to Thunderhill Raceway. 78-horsepower three-banger working little hearts out to get the car moving, and the CVT transmission (standard on GT, optional on ES and SE) did a good job to keep the engine at the fat called its power curve is called. To keep the negligent driver-yet-aggressive Excursions managed sick of driving right over you while distracted by porn smartphone apps while driving on I-5 in the Central Valley, you should be able to cruise at 75-80 MPH, and Mirage can manage this feat with the AC going. There are lots of tire noise, a lot of wind noise, and a lot of buzz from the engine clattery almost-over-a-liter, but that the volume knob on the audio system for a surprisingly potent. Unlike many cars of the 21st century, the driver's Mirage offers space to sprawl a bit, and the rear seats will fit some adults (or Race Organizer oversized luggage full of strange device to discipline the driver bastard).
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Got a hot weekend in the aptly named Arse Sweat-a-Palooza, up to 108 ° F. AC Mirage discarded this summer without difficulty, even when you are parked near Race Organizer 24 Hours lemon penalty box with the engine running all day, so having a place to get cold for a few minutes at a time (this is why I can not give you numbers observed fuel economy). the car is not too hot, not throw any trouble codes, and keeps the interior temperature falls in the '60s for hour after hour.
Part of Race Organizer Review is to measure the effect the vehicle has on-obsessed race car driver in the paddock typical lemon. The Mirage attracted little attention, other than a few chuckles from the drivers who work at a certain electric car company based Bay Area, wondering why I did not get one of their cars instead. The only Mitsubishi cars racing on the track weekend Eclipse, so we posed one with Mirage as part of Position Your Car For Photo With Hakim Car Made By Manufacturer Penalty Sama.
Is it fun to drive? No. Is it a luxury? No. Is it better than taking the bus? Sure is! What brings you to position your paddle in a slave ship Downpressor Man without delay? Yes, it will, and the warranty will be there for a good long time. Of course, if you know how to turn the wrench bit and has ample parking space, you have to spend big on hooptie Civic, some bigger the Miata 15 years with coilovers, and perhaps other great grandfather-owned low-mile Park Avenue with AC so cold will dilute the nitrogen from the air, and then you'll have an entire fleet of cars to take to work and enough money left for a 10-year-old, 99.4% depreciated Audi A8 for the weekend. If you are 22 years old with crushing debt and terror of being late for work, though, considering the Mirage. Do not bother with the GT or even SE; You do not need wheels shiny or Bluetooth or CVT. Get the 5-speed ES and old-school AUX cable to your smartphone.