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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.