I know many people here don’t like these cars or others like them but there is a HUGE sale on them right now. I guess the 2017’s are coming out in a few weeks so they are dumping the 2015 models with a $3500 rebate at this time. It seems this news is spreading like wildfire among those who like subcompact cars and they won’t last long.
My GF had bought one and I had told the dealer to let me know when the 2017 models came in as I liked the car. The 2017 included some upgrades to the design of the engine as well as the braking and handling that I wanted to hold out for. There is no 2016 and possibly an overproduction of the 2015 model for some of the 2016 year has led to this sale. The sales of these actually beat the expectations by quite a lot so it isn’t that they aren’t selling. Anyway, the sales guy for my GF called me and told me of this sale not long after someone else had posted about it on the Geo Metro Forum. Anyway, two days later I am driving home in my new Infrared (red for everyone else) colored Mitsubishi Mirage.
No, you aren’t getting a luxury car but you are getting basic but fun and reliable transportation with a 5 year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper and 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty for a tad over $10,000. I doubt a car manufacturer is going to put a warranty like this on a piece of junk. This car also has one of the better reliability and the best owner loyalty rating of cars in this class and price range. Neither the Versa or the Spark seem to have that great of a reliability score.
Both of our cars are essentially identical except for the color difference. The dealer had to get our cars all posed with us for this picture when we came in.
Anyway, the Geo Metro and Mirage Forums are blowing up with posts about this sale now. You can tell some the Geo die-hards are upset that people are going out and buying a new car but others point out that you are getting a car that is far cheaper (inflation adjusted) than the Metro and has far more to offer in terms of comfort, safety, warranty, and the like, all while getting similar gas mileage.
Our cars are the base model manual transmission ones. We prefer a manual plus they are cheaper. I think the CVT option gets better mileage on paper but the manual is doing better in real world tests if you do any in town driving. Even the base models have bluetooth and automatic climate control these days. My parents happened to rent a Versa and commented how it didn’t have power windows or locks/keyless entry. All that is included with the Mirage although I know many fans of cars like this would prefer they come without.
I test drove a CVT as some friends are interested now and was impressed. This was my first time driving one of these but you gun it and the RPMs stay the same while the speed increases. It was an odd feeling but I got used to it quite quickly. People say these take some getting used to. I felt this way the first time around driving a hybrid vehicle with the slight delay these typically have. Neither one is sluggish. Sure, they aren’t a Corvette but that isn’t what this car is trying to be. It is economical and green. They rate it as one of the greenest cars and the only one that isn’t a hybrid. The only way to get it any greener is if you pick this color! http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1355869245/331/8098331.jpg One of the reviews I read said that you either have to get a cheap car or a very expensive one to get bright colors and this one is no exception.
No, this car isn’t for everyone but it is a good deal for some. Quite a few of the Geo Metro Forum members upgraded over the weekend due to this sale.