What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?


Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Real-World Cargo Space


Mitsubishi has an answer for those asking where all the no-frills, super-lightweight subcompact cars with big gas mileage and a low MSRP have gone. The 2014 Mirage is of that ilk, with up to 40 mpg combined EPA fuel-economy ratings and a starting price of $13,790 with destination and a manual transmission; add $1,000 for the automatic transmission and its 40 mpg combined rating.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The four-door hatchback's micro size doesn't leave much room for rear passengers or cargo. Frugal commuters may not put too much importance on how many golf bags fit in the hatch without folding the seats — zero, actually — but the Mirage's small size results in a fuel-friendly 2,000 pounds.

By Joe Bruzek | March 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2014 Jeep Cherokee found its way back to No. 1 on our list of most-read car reviews this week, relegating the 2014 Toyota Highlander, the top-spot regular of late, to No. 2. Further down the list, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage appears at No. 6 in its debut, while the 2014 Mazda3 returns to the roster at No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Toyota Highlander
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue
5. 2014 Infiniti Q50
6. 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
7. 2013 BMW 328i
8. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
9. 2014 Chevrolet SS
10. 2014 Mazda3

By Matt Schmitz | February 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Cars.com Review


Our mothers told us that if we don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. But if Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger had listened to her mother, her critique of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage would be shorter than the inexpensive microcar is small. So let's just say that the Mirage has surprisingly decent cargo space and superior fuel economy compared to its competitors, and leave it at that. But for all the stuff Geiger's mom told her not to say — about the Mirage's ride, handling, cabin quality, passenger comfort — read her review below.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

By Matt Schmitz | January 27, 2014 | Comments (19)

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Starts at $13,770


When Mitsubishi's Mirage debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the automaker promised the tiny hatchback would have a similarly sized price — Mitsubishi kept its word. When the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage goes on sale this fall, it'll start at $13,770, including a $775 destination fee.

The automaker calls it "the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-powered vehicle available in America," and it's got some compelling numbers to back that up. Power comes from a 74-horsepower, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine; versions equipped with a continuously variable transmission are EPA rated at 37/44/40 mph city/highway/combined. Models with the five-speed manual will get 34/42/37 mpg.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 19, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Video


If you've felt deserted during the Mitsubishi Mirage's decade-long U.S. absence, the subcompact's reappearance may seem like something of an oasis. The 2014 Mirage, which bowed at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, returns as a hatchback and falls between the Chevrolet Spark and the Ford Fiesta in size.

More 2013 New York Auto Show Coverage

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays observes that the Mirage offers an impressive array of standard features, such as power windows and door locks and remote keyless entry, but skimps on some desirable ones like a telescoping steering wheel and armrests. Still, boasting city/highway combined fuel economy of 40 mpg and a likely price around $13,000, the target demographic may see just what it's looking for in the Mirage. Watch the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Up Close


We reported in 2012 that Mitsubishi was undecided on bringing its global Mirage hatchback to the U.S. Well, the Mirage has finally materialized. Pricing is still pending, but Yoichi Yokozawa, president of the automaker's U.S. arm, told reporters Mitsubishi will price the tiny Mirage to compete with the Chevrolet Spark, which starts at $12,995 including destination.

More 2013 New York Auto Show Coverage

A chrome package gussied up the car on display at the New York International Auto Show, but there's little else to describe. The formless bumper leads into equally bland styling around the sides and back. Inside, the front seats have decent adjustment range, but the Mirage's optional knob-style seat height adjuster moves only the bottom cushion, not the whole seat. Crank yours up and the backrest lumbar meets your spine at a lower point. It's not comfortable.

By Kelsey Mays | March 29, 2013 | Comments (10)

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