If you’re in the market for a new car, let us save you some trouble, there’s at least one you may want to cross of your list.
While the Mitsubishi Mirage might not be the cheapest new car in terms of dollars, it’s absolutely the most affordable when you get to the bottom line, according to YouTuber Doug Demuro.
Demuro says the Mirage is so bad and should be avoided at all costs. But let’s dig a little deeper and see exactly why he feels this way.
He starts off by comparing the Mirage with both the Nissan Versa and the Chevy Spark in terms of price. But Demuro said there were at least 72 brand new Mirages listed for less than $10,000, which is more than 40-percent off the MSRP.
The three-cylinder engine boasts a roaring 72-horsepower, Demuro says the Mirage makes a Honda Fit look like a muscle car. The 2,200 pound behemoth goes from zero to 60 mph in a whopping 11.7 seconds. It’s hard to imagine any car in production in 2017 with specifications as low as these. On a positive note, the car gets about 37 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway, but that’s about the only good news that comes with the Mirage.
Additional features that have been left out of the new Mirage are a steering wheel lock, no map lights, no rear dome lights, cruise-control, or a center console. But Demuro says if you do end up with a Mirage, you should count your lucky stars for the cup holder that’s included with the vehicle.
He then took the car for a spin to see if it drove as badly as both the interior and exterior looked. While the car’s appearance was slightly better than expected, it’s performance was by far more inferior than he could’ve imagined. It’s hard to imagine a car with such small wheels and a small engine could make as much noise as this car does.
“The Mirage is a bad car by car enthusiast standards, and frankly even by objective normal people standards,” Demuro said. “But remember I told you there are dozens of these things listed on AutoTrader for less than $10,000.
In the styling category, Demuro gave the Mirage a three out of 10. For acceleration, the car got a one out of 10, for handling two out of 10, and for cool-factor it gets a one out of 10.
He says that if you’re the type of person that only needs the bare minimum transportation to get to and from work, then this car could work for you. If style, or driving experience, aren’t your thing, then maybe the Mirage isn’t so bad after all.