The fuel-efficient 2015 Mirage 5-door sub-compact by Mitsubishi has been named "the most affordable vehicle shoppers can buy" by Cars.com. The venerable online automotive resource took into account minimum feature requirements—Bluetooth® capability, USB port, power windows and door locks—as well as destination fees and anticipated five-year fuel costs to calculate the most affordable vehicle to buy and own.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE, featuring the CVT transmission and Bluetooth® capability, was named Cars.com's most affordable vehicle coming in at $15,115 – a significant savings of more than $1,300 over the second-place vehicle. Taking in to account the cost of ownership, Cars.com also calculated anticipated fuel costs for five years. The Mitsubishi Mirage, with a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg, was again the most affordable vehicle option with anticipated fuel costs of $7,000 for five years—$500 less than the second-place vehicle.
"When we considered the most affordable cars, it was important that we looked only at models equipped with basic but important options like an automatic transmission and power windows and locks," said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's Executive Editor. "We wanted to help consumers who want an incredibly affordable car find one that also includes the niceties that almost every shopper has come to expect."
Featuring a 1.2 liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine, the Mitsubishi Mirage is available with either a 5-speed manual transmission or the advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT). Standard safety features include seven air bags and the Mirage features one of the best protection plans in the entire industry: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a fully transferable 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty and a 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.
"Having a trusted consumer automotive resource like Cars.com name one of your vehicle offerings as the single most affordably-priced new vehicle model is high praise, indeed," said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President of MMNA. "It is further testament to what our customers have been telling us all along: The Mitsubishi Mirage – with its low price, outstanding fuel economy, great warranty and welcome convenience features – is an all-around exceptional new-car value."