How long until the mirage?
Motor1 reports that Mitsubishi may discontinue the Mirage subcompact car in Japan. Urban markets like Japan seem like a place for cars of this size to thrive, but they’re not immune to the move to global standards for larger vehicles. After its debut, it has been little or never updated in Japan and other global markets. It’s bare bones, demonstrated by a complete lack of “luxury” and less than 80 horsepower. Mirage cannot compete in a market focused on comfort and technology.
One of the cheapest products on the market
With sticker prices starting at around $16,300 and full-featured prices under $20,000, the Mirage is one of the last vehicles available in the US market that is relatively inexpensive to run and drive. The car’s only rivals are other microcars such as the Chevrolet Spark, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, Smart Fortwo and Honda Fit, all of which have also been phased out of the US market (although Nissan’s The Versa and Kia Rio remain). A semi-thriving market has shrunk to what some call ‘the best reason to buy a used car’.
How has the Mirage changed?