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Old 09-25-2019, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Buying Hypermiling car Mitsubishi Mirage or?

Hello I'm in Australia.

I've been running around on a NBC110 getting about 39-44km/L on my commute however I'm looking at getting the most efficient and economical manual car in a month to transport my son. Will be 5-10 years old to save on depreciation. This will be my first car.

I've done a bit of reading so far and the Mitsubishi Mirage seems like a popular choice however I'm sure some of you might be able to think of a car I have not considered yet.

I'm pretty handy so will be doing all mechanical maintenance myself if possible.

I'd also like to do some aeromods if they are cost effective.

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Old 09-25-2019, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you can find a first generation Insight, they're King of the Hill in terms of economy, though more than 10 years old for even the last years. I know of a guy, Julian Edgar, who has one in Australia, so I know they were sold there. You can expect to get similar economy to your bike at 80-90kmph with careful driving.

Otherwise a Mirage is a fine choice.
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Old 09-25-2019, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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From my experience, the Mirage is a very basic and highly reliable car for a good price. It also happens to return very good fuel economy. It is not luxurious or quick though, so keep that in mind.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you think the Mirage is too confining and are willing to take the mileage hit, consider a Jazz.

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Transmission type Efficiency
Manual neutral engine off.100% @MPG <----- Fun Fact.
Manual 1:1 gear ratio .......98%
CVT belt ............................88%
Automatic .........................86%

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If I were you I'd take a look at the Suzuki Celerio.

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