For 2014, Mitsubishi welcomes the Mirage back to American shores and redesigns the seven-seat Outlander.
The Mirage is a subcompact, sliding in beneath the compact Lancer sedan. Not sold in the US since 2002, the Mirage is now the entry level model in Mitsubishi’s lineup and offers 40 combined mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car for sale today.
The Lancer compact is offered in two different ways: Lancer (sedan) and Lancer Sportback (hatchback).
The Lancer added the all-wheel drive SE model in 2012. It is a very flexible car with three different four-cylinder engine options, including a powerful 237-hp turbocharged I-4 that comes in the Ralliart trim.
For those looking for extra practicality, the Lancer Sportback is a hatchback alternative to the sedan, keeping the same styling upfront but adding a sharply sloped hatch to the rear which improves cargo room.
Rounding things out are a pair of crossovers. The Outlander Sport is the smaller of the two and seats five. For 2013, it was the only Mitsubishi model to get real changes that includes new styling front and back, a recalibrated CVT, and more standard features. All-wheel drive is optional.
The Outlander is more traditionally sized and seats seven passengers standard. It gets a complete redesign this year, which brings with it a flowing, rounded design and an upgraded interior with more standard features and tech options. Engine choices include a four-cylinder mated to a CVT or a 224-hp V-6 that comes with a six-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive.