For a while now my hubby has been harassing me about the need for our city dwelling family to get a car and I honestly just didn't see the point. Traffic is horrible, finding parking is a disaster,and everyone I know complains about the price of gas so why on earth would I think we needed a car? I've grown up in Queens all my life and know the subway system like the back of my hand and to be honest, I don't even know how to drive. My parents never learned and so I never had the desire to get behind the wheel despite all those tv shows and movies I'd watched growing up where all the kids were getting their licenses at 16.
Now don't get me wrong I completely understand that having a car is convenient, I mean we need to take a bus to the train to get anywhere outside of our neighborhood. On the weekends it's so awful because we love to get up and go, we joke that if we had a car you would never find us at home. The MTA is consistent with the dreaded delays and changes which always slows us down and so lately I've been leaning towards the idea of investing in a good family car, that's safe and good on mileage.
Clearly, I still need some convincing and thanks to Drive Shop USA we were given the chance to review the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES for a week to see how it would fit into our lifestyle. The timing was perfect because the hubby and I had an upcoming wedding to coordinate in Staten Island and for the first time in a while he had an entire weekend off, so we knew we'd be able to test drive.
This 5-door hatchback is perfect for our family of 4, it fit us really well and was a great choice for our love of taking day trips - where there's no need to pack away a ton of stuff to hit the road. What appealed most to me about the car is that you get a lot of bang for your buck, foremost because the car itself is affordable with a really low MSRP of only $12,995 and not to mention how good it is on gas. The hubby couldn't get over how far $10 went when it came time to fill the tank.
Along with its low price and high EPA-rated fuel economy, both the entry-level 2015 Mirage DE and the upscale Mirage ES boast an extraordinary level of features and accessories in their standard equipment packages.
For $1,300 more, the 2015 Mirage ES (starting MSRP of $14,295) has great technology we loved, like the Bluetooth® hands-free phone system; as safety is so important to any family and the feature helps drivers to be way more cautious while driving by alleviating the need to pick up a call, and not having to ignore it all together. The One-Touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch and FAST (Free-hand Advanced Security Transmitter)-key passive entry are great additions because essentially there's no need to go digging in your pockets or bags for the key to get in and drive. The hubby thought that the push to start was a really smart feature, especially when it's late and darker out.
Ok so when the hubby first found out we'd be reviewing this car he was so excited because it was one of the few ways I'm able to create content that he'd enjoy helping out with too! I'm not sure he realized how much attention he'd get driving around in this plasma purple Mirage ES but it was insane. From high schoolers leaving walking home, to the toll booth clerk, to other drivers who seem mesmerized while waiting in traffic and would mouth from their window -comments ranged from "Oooh look at that purple car" to " wow that's a great color, does it come that way".
Apparently I was channeling the cars style when the hubby brought it to my attention one morning, that my cigarette pants were the same color. I hadn't noticed until after I sat down that I was twinning with the car. Available fun exterior paint hues for the 2015 Mirage include Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infra Red, Plasma Purple, Cloud White, Mystic Black, Starlight Silver and Thunder Gray. The oh-so-cushy seats were beyond comfortable & made all the difference wile waiting in midtown traffic near Grand Central station, taking in views of the towering Chrysler building.
For quick runs to the grocery store there was ample space for $100 worth of groceries.
We had the pleasure of coordinating my girlfriend of over 25 year's wedding at Snug Harbor in Staten Island. Having a car to get us to and from was great and we realize would be of great benefit to us as we grow our business's.
On our last full day with the car we ended up kids free and realized we had to take advantage of a night on the town, especially after all the preparing and organizing for our friend's wedding. We welcomed jumping in the car without a concrete destination. We picked up my long time friend Sergio Uptown and decided on indulging in a bit of thrills at Six Flag's Great Adventures Fright Fest.
It turns out I was way more scared than I thought and got spooked out at the drop of a dime, or well at the sound of a chainsaw.
Overall we really enjoyed this car (the hubby may need a manlier color), it's a first-rate vehicle for smaller families like ours, by being affordable without skimping on great upscale features and fuel efficient. Finding parking wasn't as bad as I thought and luckily it's size was able to get us in spaces that may have been too tight for a larger vehicle. The only other little detail that bugged me was totally vain, but there was no vanity mirror for me to check my hair on the passenger side - on the sun visor, otherwise I really loved the car.
All in all The Mitsubishi Motors' 5-door subcompact makes the ideal new car for various types of automotive consumers – first-time drivers, retirees, short-hop urban dwellers who live/work in the city or those with marathon commutes. For more details on features, specs and price range stop by Mitsubishicars.com
Disclosure: We were provided this car as loan by Drive Shop for a week to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and no other compensation was received.