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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has found the 2014 Mirage to be worthy of its prestigious “Greenest Vehicles” list on greenercars.org for the 2014 model year, making it the highest-ranked gasoline powered non-hybrid vehicle to appear on the list. The greenercars.org annual ranking lists twelve of the vehicles considered the greenest, highlighting the environmental friendliness of vehicles in the United States. With hybrid and electric cars becoming exponentially more popular in recent years, making the list has become more and more competitive.

Available at Phoenix Mitsubishi dealers, the 2014 Mirage is a five-door hatchback that comes in two trims. The base Mirage DE comes with standard features that include automatic climate control, keyless entry, full power accessories, seven air bags and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and USB port. The ES trim adds features like keyless access with push-button start, Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lights and alloy wheels.

Seven extra-cost options packages are available. The Navigation Package brings a navigation system and a rearview camera and the Exterior Package garnishes the fog light surrounds, lower grille, and hatch with chrome. The Exterior Package adds a body kit, while the Parking Assist package includes front and rear proximity sensors. The Protection Package adds mud flaps and other protective body gear, the Cargo Group includes a tray and net in the trunk; and, finally, the LED package brings LED interior lighting.

The Mirage comes with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Mitsubishi says the Mirage gets its best fuel economy estimates with the CVT. According to Mitsubishi, the 2014 Mirage boasts an impressive 37 mpg city, 44mpg highway, and a combined mpg rating of 40mpg. This leaves little competition, with similar cars in the subcompact class estimated at 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

As for safety, standard features include a seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, and Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution impact-absorbing safety cell technology, among others.

To get your hands on one of the most gasoline-powered non-hybridfuel efficient vehicles, visit Chapman Mitsubishi.

Lancer Evolution

As automotive technology evolves at a rapid pace, so do the cars that we come to know and love.  Coming in 2015, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution next-generation XI will likely be very different than what you have seen in the past from the performance sedan.

The new Evolution is sure to reflect the progress Mitsubishi has made in plug-in hybrid technology. But if you are concerned with performance, the power output will actually increase. It has been rumored that it will have more than 500 horsepower on some high-performance models, allowing the new Evolution sports sedan to have sprint times from 0-62 mph in just 5 seconds.

According to Motor Trend Magazine, the performance demands on the new Evolution are so great that the typical Renault platform would not handle it. It will come with its own specially developed platform to handle the hybrid performance powertrain. This technology has developed to the point where Mitsubishi is ready to put it into production with a new performance vehicle. It will be highly efficient and will incorporate a smaller engine, smaller electric motors, and lighter, better-performing batteries for the new performance package.

The next-gen Evolution will also be 4WD, but not as you know it. Like the Outlander PHEV, the Evolution will employ motors front and back, but will generate similar amounts of power. They will be significantly downsized and the battery pack will be slotted under the rear seats, producing a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.

We don’t know what the new XI Evolution will look like, but there’s been speculation that it will resemble the RA concept. According to Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI will be redesigned for the 2016 model year, while the Lancer Evolution X will continue to be on sale through the end of 2015. Visit Chapman Mitsubishi for more information.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

To qualify for the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test; and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

Available at Chapman Mitsubishi, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a seven-passenger crossover SUV that’s available in three trim levels: the base ES, midrange SE and top-of-the-line GT. It is offered with two powertrains. The ES and SE both get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. ES models are front-wheel drive only, while the SE can be had with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander’s exceptional IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” rating can be attributed to the superlative engineering of its rigid, high-tensile steel body/chassis along with the availability of numerous advanced features including a radar-based Forward Collision Mitigation accident/impact reduction technology. In its evaluation of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander’s Forward Collision Mitigation., a system that includes both audio and visual warnings to the driver as well as initiates automatic braking if necessary, the IIHS awarded the system an “advanced” rating. Other standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, a driver-side knee airbag, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Optional next-generation safety technology features include a camera-based Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are above average at 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 24 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined when equipped with all-wheel drive. With the 3.0-liter V6, the Outlander’s fuel economy drops to 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

For more information on the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, or to schedule a test-drive, visit Chapman Mitsubishi in Phoenix.

Why do dealerships pull my credit report?

Why do dealerships pull my credit report?

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When buying a car, one of the most stressful aspects, aside from deciding exactly you want, is the financing process, because let’s be honest, paying in cash for a car is rare. Part of the financing process is checking your credit score, which is done by financial institutions to guarantee your ability to repay the loan. Check out Chapman Mitsubishi for the latest financing options.

Now, you could be wondering why a dealership would want your credit as opposed to just giving it to a bank. This is because a dealership has the ability to plug your credit score into a computer that “shops around” for the best possible finance deal. Not only does this help guarantee you receive the best deal possible, but it also saves you time. Going to each individual financial institution and applying for an automotive loan is quite time consuming.

If you’re nervous about your credit score and what the dealership of financial institution may see, you can review your own credit report ahead of time for free. Pulling your credit report ahead of time ensures that you have the chance to review your history and fix any errors that may appear on your report before financing.

Another reason the dealership may be eager to run your credit report is to protect themselves. When someone walks into a dealership and requests a test drive, the dealership wants to know if that person has the ability to pay for a car if they ultimately want to buy it. The fastest way for the dealer to answer that question is to run the credit report.

If you are paying by check, in many instances running your credit report is the dealership’s only line of defense against fraudulent or bad checks after hours or on weekends, when it is particularly difficult to verify available funds.

Ultimately, the dealership wants to run your credit to guarantee you receive the best possible rate, or to protect themselves from fraud. For more financing information, visit your Mitsubishi dealer in Phoenix.

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Coming This Spring

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Coming to Chapman Mitsubishi in Phoenix in the spring of 2014, The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a subcompact electric car that offers a low price and an efficient drivetrain.

Though the i-MiEV is a very small vehicle, even the base model packs a respectable amount of standard features, including an energy-efficient electric air conditioning with micron filter, speed-sensitive electric power steering, a heated driver’s seat and LED rear tail lamps.

Stepping up to the mid-level SE model nets a bevy of upgrades including a 360-watt, eight-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, silver accents on the seats, a unique two-tone trim on the dashboard and the door panels, 15-inch alloy wheels and fog lamps with daytime running lights.

If you are looking for luxury, you will likely opt for the SE Premium package, which adds such niceties as a high-definition navigation system, a rear-view camera, a USB port and steering wheel-mounted controls. The quick charging port is also included in the package.

The i-MiEV is powered by an electric motor mounted under the trunk that sends 66 horsepower and 145 lb-ft. of instant torque to the rear wheels. Power is provided by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery located under the chassis.

According to Edmunds, in ideal driving conditions the i-MiEV can go 62 miles on a single charge. It also offers three ways it can be charged: A standard 120V household outlet in22 hours, an optional 240V home charger in 7 hours, and  an optional quick charging level three system, similar to those you can find at some public charging stations will top off 80 percent of the battery in half an hour.

As for safety, standard features on every i-MiEV model include dual-stage supplemental front air bags, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard passengers, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, 4-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and a high voltage cut-off system.

For the latest on the 2014 i-MiEV or other new Mitsubishis for Sale, visit Chapman Mitsubishi in Phoenix.

The advantages of the Mitsubishi Certified Pre-Owned program

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Buying a new car isn’t always in the cards. Instead, many people choose to buy used vehicles to save money. However, finding the right used vehicle under a good deal is often a challenge. Your best bet is to go to a dealership like Chapman Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi has an excellent Certified Pre-Owned program that can get you more for your money. There’s a difference between a used car and a certified pre-owned vehicle. Certified vehicles have gone through a process that ensures they are in top condition. A dealership mechanic will check the entire vehicle and parts to see if there are any issues. Not all used cars go through this process, which is why it’s better to buy a certified vehicle. You know you’re getting quality.

Your Mitsubishi dealership will have a wide range of certified pre-owned vehicles, from the Lancer to the Eclipse, allowing you to find whatever vehicle you want or need.

Each Mitsubishi Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 10-year/100,000 miles warranty that covers the replacement and repair of powertrain components.

Another great benefit of the program is that Mitsubishi will only accept vehicles that are less than 5 years old with no more than 60,000 miles. All vehicles undergo an inspection with no part of the car unseen.

There are multiple benefits to owning a certified vehicle. You get a lengthy warranty, a car that isn’t very old and a vehicle with few miles.

To look at and test drive a Mitsubishi Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, visit your local dealership!

Mitsubishi’s new plans for three SUVs

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Mitsubishi’s future looks bright. The Japanese automaker recently announced new plans for three new SUVs that are expected to be unveiled later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show. To see current available Mitsubishi vehicles, visit your Mitsubishi dealer in Phoenix.

The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV (middle grey vehicle above) is a full-size SUV that features permanent all-wheel drive and is a plug-in hybrid, according to Torque News. The V6 3.0L supercharged MIVEC engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The next vehicle to be unveiled is a compact SUV called the Concept XR-PHEV (cherry-red vehicle on the right, above). It has a smaller 1.1L direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine, which is lightweight and compact. It may not see much off-road usage, but should be a fun car to zip around town in.

The third is the Mitsubishi Concept AR ( lime-green colored vehicle on the left, above), which is a multi-purpose vehicle. The concept uses a lightweight mild hybrid system with the same 1.1L MIVEC engine as the XR-PHEV, and combines the off-road capability of an SUV with the interior space of a larger vehicle.

All three vehicles include the latest “e-Assist” active safety technologies and advanced connected car tech with information and entertainment features.

The Tokyo Motor Show starts Nov. 22. These concepts will surely undergo some transformation before being rolled out as consumer models within the next few years. The addition of hybrid vehicles to the Mitsubishi lineup is a refreshing change and one the car-maker hopes revives interest in the brand.

To test drive or see current Mitsubishi models visit Chapman Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Finance Plan

Experienced Mitsubishi Finance Professionals at Chapman Mitsubishi are here to provide you with special finance rates for your new or pre-owned Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi periodically brings you special offers for the purchase or lease of new vehicles. In addition, there are special programs for college grads or first-time buyers. Here are some special Mitsubishi finance offers currently available:

Diamond Lease Plan

According to Mitsubishi, when you lease a vehicle, you are only paying for the portion of the vehicle’s value that you use up. Since the depreciation and the rent charge amount to less money than the cost of the entire vehicle when new, you’re paying off a smaller sum of money with a lease than you would with a conventional loan of the same duration. This makes for smaller monthly payments. But reduced cost is not the only way you can benefit from leasing. The Diamond Lease Plan also gives you the opportunity to drive a nicer vehicle, flexible terms, possible tax incentives and no trade-in hassle.

Diamond Retail Plan

If leasing isn’t for you, the Diamond Retail Plan is. With no excess wear or mileage fees you will have the freedom to use your vehicle any way you wish. If you consistently drive more than 15,000 miles per year, or subject your vehicle to hard use that may result in greater-than-normal wear, buying your vehicle through the Diamond Retail Plan may be your best choice. The Diamond Retail Plan offers flexible terms, consistent monthly payments, and the ability to lower your monthly payment with a higher down payment.

College Graduate Program

Mitsubishi offers special financing for recent and upcoming college graduates on the full line of Mitsubishi’s quality vehicles. Mitsubishi makes it possible for you to purchase or lease a Mitsubishi vehicle with no money down and at a preferred College Graduate finance or lease rate, even if you do not have an established credit history. The College Graduate Program is available to college seniors who are currently enrolled in a four-year program and graduates who obtained a degree within the past two years.

First Time Owners Program

Mitsubishi recognizes that financing your first new car is a big step and we would like to help you obtain financing by offering a First Time Owners finance program. To qualify, you must have no derogatory credit history, at least one credit trade line with at least 12 months of history, three verifiable personal references, verifiable employment, verifiable monthly income, proof of insurance, and a minimum down payment of 10% with minimum of $500 cash.

For more information on financing offers available with Mitsubishi, visit a Phoenix Mitsubishi dealer today!

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

If you are looking for a fuel efficient Mitsubishi in Phoenix, check out the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage! According to Mitsubishi, the 2014 Mirage will offer the best fuel economy than any other non-hybrid car in the American market. Boasting 37 mpg city, 44mpg highway, the 2014 Mirage returns a combined mpg rating of 40mpg. This leaves little competition, with similar cars in the subcompact class estimated at 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The 2014 Mirage is a five-door hatchback that comes in two trims. The base Mirage DE comes with standard features that include automatic climate control, keyless entry, full power accessories, seven air bags and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and USB port. The ES trim adds features like keyless access with push-button start, Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lights and alloy wheels.

In addition to standard features, some extra-cost options packages are available.

  • The Navigation Package: brings a navigation system and a rearview camera
  • The Exterior Package: garnishes the fog light surrounds, lower grille, and hatch with chrome.
  • The Parking Assist Package: includes front and rear proximity sensors
  • The Protection Package adds mud flaps and other protective body gear
  • The Cargo Group includes a tray and net in the trunk
  • The LED package brings LED interior lighting.

The Mirage also comes with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Mitsubishi says the Mirage gets its best fuel economy estimates with the CVT.

As for safety, the Mirage is practically filled with modern features that you could only find in a midsize sedan a generation ago, like a seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, and Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution impact-absorbing safety cell technology, among others.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage will go on sale this fall. Until then, visit Chapman Mitsubishi for more information.

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According to Mitsubishi, if a car or SUV is only as good as its reliability on the road, then their 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty¹ speaks volumes. If you are in the market for a Mitsubishi in Phoenix, you’ll find that Mitsubishi assures that your new car is engineered for the long-term, with a warranty designed to keep it on the road long into the future.

The Mitsubishi Powertrain Limited Warranty covers the repair or replacement of select engine, transmission and transaxle powertrain components originally manufactured and installed by Mitsubishi that may become defective under normal use and maintenance, along with authorized Mitsubishi powertrain components installed by an authorized Mitsubishi dealer. Coverage is for 10 years or 100,000 miles for most models and applies to original owners of new, retailed 2014 Mitsubishi models, our Powertrain Limited Warranty. Subsequent owners would receive the balance of the warranty,

Because a piece of mind is important to Mitsubishi, almost every new Mitsubishi also comes with a New Vehicle Limited Warranty of 5 years/ 60,000 miles and an Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty of 7 years/100,000 miles.

Mitsubishi’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers all of the parts in your new Mitsubishi for 5 years or 60,000 miles, with the exception of the battery, tires, air conditioner refrigerant, light bulbs and select entertainment/navigation system components, which carry their own warranties. If any covered part fails during the coverage period, it will be repaired or replaced at an authorized Mitsubishi dealer or Mitsubishi service center using genuine Mitsubishi parts.

The anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty covers perforation in outer body sheet metal panels due to corrosion during normal use for 7 years or 100,000 miles for every new Mitsubishi. Coverage excludes corrosion due to accidents, damage, abuse, abnormal use, vehicle alterations or contact with corrosive material such as sand, salt, hail, stones, chemicals, acids or fertilizers.

For more information on Mitsubishi warranties, visit Chapman Mitsubishi.