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Old 08-07-2018, 05:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
I had just assumed the car was terrible
Define terrible!

- If you (like most auto reviewers) want blistering acceleration, it is definitely terrible.

- If you (like most auto reviewers) want tight, responsive handling, the 2014/15 Mirages were objectively terrible and the 2017/18 are somewhat less so (due to suspension/braking/steering upgrades). Aftermarket suspension bits are available.

- If you (like most auto reviewers, and maybe a lot of normal people?) want to be coddled in soft-touch surfaces and isolated from drivetrain & road noise, it is probably on the terrible side of the spectrum.

- If you (unlike most auto reviewers, and probably most normal people?) appreciate a light, relatively aerodynamic, efficient, cheap-to-own car, it's definitely not terrible.

the Aveo is the worst car in the world (not really, but it's not good).
Good contrast: the Aveo is objectively a bad car because (A) it was not very efficient, and (B) lots of known mechanical/electrical problems. The Mirage is proving to be pretty reliable, despite being so lightly built.
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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