2016 Mitsubishi Mirage set for U.S.

By Bob Nagy on November 24, 2014 12:14 PM

Already on sale in Canada, a 4-door version of the Mitsubishi Mirage will join its 5-door hatchback sibling here in the U.S. While exact timing has yet to be finalized, Mitsubishi advised us that it will probably turn up within the next 12 months. 

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Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Mirage hatch exceeded the automaker's expectations and now accounts for 22 percent of Mitsubishi's total volume here. Backing its 74-horsepower/1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine with the optional CVT automatic transmission earns the car a 40-mpg combined EPA rating -- a figure making it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid model sold in the U.S. Even opting for the standard 5-speed manual trims that stat to a still-impressive 37 mpg. With a fairly generous feature set, easy in-city maneuverability and pricing below $14,000, the Mirage hatch clearly has carved out a respectable niche - and one that Mitsubishi believes can be further broadened with the sedan. How much declining fuel prices will impact the popularity of either vehicle remains to be seen. 

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