I am writing this mostly because I am tired of hearing how this car is "underpowered" and slow. No, it is not slow and I do not have issues with acceleration, merging, or passing other vehicles. There are no notable instances where I had issues on launch when driving this car. 0 to 60 does not normally need to happen. It takes turns very well and they do add more sound dampening … materials than they did when they made the 2014-2015. Sound dampening was the only thing though that I thought needed to be improved as it was still noisy especially from the wind sound across the roof. So I installed sound deadening material throughout the interior. All of the floor and part of the roof now have this installed. This fixed the noise issue, but now it is too quiet inside.
The car is good, and even sits three kids side by side in the back which even other cars we test drove couldn't do comfortable, including some SUVs. Storage was way better than we expected though it is deceptive from the outside. The headroom is more than in my older 96 Subaru Outback which is still going strong.
From a different perspective, this is a low maintenance car. 3 quarts of 0w20 oil about ever 5-7k miles 10 dollar good filters. About 4 quarts if you needed to change the CVT fluid. (every 40-50k miles.) Most of the parts needed for this car are also on the cheap side though if they fail under the warranty period, it's covered and it is one of the best warranties. The engine is a alloy block with heads and a MIVEC variable valve system. It is possible that this could produce more power, but they chose instead to focus on reliability, economy, and improved MPG and it shows. The transmission is also rated for 150hp so it should last a long time with the limited 78hp this engine is setup to produce. The CVT uses a three gear setup paired with a dual conical with belt CVT design. A high and low gear with reverse. Engineering wise, I am happy and impressed, even if the numbers are "small." Handling has also improved against 2014 and 2017 variants of the Mirage and I think it mostly has to due to the stiffing of the suspension springs which help take the body roll out of the question though cornering does still have a little of that SUV roll in tighter turns.
Speakers inside are also notably better than older versions of the Mirage as well. This is paired with the 7 inch infotainment system. I wouldn't say that the speakers are thumping loud, and this is evident with the size of the magnet on them. They sound quiet but sound good and if you have sound dampening/proofing materials installed it sounds better. But I did not think a upgrade was needed for my wife and I after the sound proofing.
You do need to connect the android phone directly to the USB connection next to the cup holders to get Android Auto to work. I believe Airplay does not need to be directly connected and only needs a wireless connection to work but I did not test that.
When it comes to the market now, it is hard to find cars at the MSRP. This is the cheapest car you can buy, but there is a lot of things I like about it. Sure, many cars do it better at higher prices with more bells and whistles, but that also means more difficult and expensive repairs and increased chances that more failures will occur.
Safety wise, this has full curtain airbags for the sides as well as front airbags and driver knee airbag (for the only marginal score offered by the IIHS where the foot had a potential to make contact in the partial overlap test.) It also comes with a backup camera as well as frontal collision avoidance system. (A dual camera, for stereoscopic vison which is for depth perception, design that applies the breaks for you to mitigate the chances of a accident or mitigate the damage if there is one.) Another instance of safety that is overlooked is the connection to the road through the steering wheel. The steering feel is good here, despite being a electric assisted steering, it does not take the feel of the road away from the driver. I enjoy driving this car, even if the CVT refuses to thrust me into the seat on a take off. (I don't hate CVTs from a engineering standpoint, but I understand that it takes the "fun" out of feeling gears changing.) The engine will let you rev high in this car, which is partly why flooring the pedal wont let you do much in this car. I found that if I moderate the flow and feel of the CVT out, through the acceleration pedal, I can get it to accelerate more efficiently and more engaged. So far, our city and hwy mpg is around 38city on a cold day and 45 mixed average. I have no just hwy travel, but my wife frequently gets 48 when going to work which is mostly hwy. So this is a great car if you want a cheap, reliable car that you shouldn't need to repair often and can transport up to three kids (9,7,4) to where they need to go. (The 4 year old is still in a 3 in 1 booster seat with harness. Another Interesting to note moment, my kids say the rear seat was the most comfortable of the cars we tested. Loads of leg room even at 6'1 I was happy in the back seat behind the drivers seat.
I do hope this helps someone out there. Despite my opinion or facts, I still think people should test the cars they want to drive to find out what works best. If you have kids, bring kids seats to see if they fit well, and it even helps to bring at least one kid who will be riding in the back to see what feels good for them as well. Many of the cars we tested focused mostly on the front seat comfort, the only one we tested that was better was the Subaru, and that was too pricey for us as we had to replace our car more quickly than we would have liked due to numerous wiring faults that started to pop up. (A theme I saw with GM vehicles of late.) The whole chip shortage issue that has starved our appetites for cars is not helping. Honda and Toyota do have options, but both were more expensive, and the Sentra from Nissan failed our kid test but felt great overall in the front but only used versions were near us when we were looking and they were asking nearly new prices for cars that were 60k miles or higher. I am super happy with the car we did get, and even traveled nearly 100 miles to get it.
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