A Quick Buyers Guide to Mitsubishi

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Mitsubishi is well known for their cars like the Lancer, Eclipse, and many other awesome performance oriented cars.

In more modern times, Mitsubishi has began to be known more for crossovers, and compact cars.

Lets take a quick look at what you can expect from Mitsubishi if you were to go to one of their dealerships.

Terms you will see while shopping

CUV – Another term for a Crossover. Crossovers are SUV-like vehicles that are unibody. This means their frame is built into the vehicle, instead of the frame and body being separate components. This generally allows for better on-road, but takes away rigidity.

Coupe – A coupe has historically meant a 2 door vehicle. However has more recently expanded into the crossover and sedan market. It now more refers to a slanted rear end, to give a coupe feel. It is used to be sporty.

CVT – This term stands for Continuously Variable Transmission. Unlike a standard automatic transmission, these transmissions don’t have gears. This tends to help with economy, however can be a little less reliable.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander in Blue
The Outlander is Mitsubishi’s largest vehicle in it’s selection [Image courtesy of Mitsubishi]

The Outlander is Mitsubishi’s current largest vehicle. With a unibody design it makes the vehicle a CUV Crossover. With a starting price of $24,695, it can be a great value with quite a few features, depending on what level of trim you purchase.

The standard Outlander ES offers a standard 7 passenger configuration, however all rear seats can lay down to offer more room for transporting stuff. It also offers a 7″ front touch screen, rearview camera, and 18″ wheels. All levels of the Outlander come with a CVT transmission.

Upgraded trims of this vehicle can introduce AWD systems, Blind Spot Monitoring, Sunroofs, upgraded wheels and more. Also, of course it features plastic trim as well.

The Outlander can also be purchased as a PHEV, which is a plug in hybrid model. This allows for some electric assist.

This car competes with vehicles like the LX570.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Eclipse Cross in red
The Eclipse cross in red is a great looking vehicle [Image courtesy of Mitsubishi]

The Eclipse Cross’s starting price is $22,845 and is a smaller vehicle than the Outlander. Competitors to this vehicle would be the Chevrolet Equinox and Terrain.

The Eclipse nameplate may have used to stand for a sports car, true coupe. However recently it was re-introduced as a CUV.

This crossover has a 5 seat layout, and comes standard with a 1.5 liter engine and a CVT. The base model comes with the 7″ display, LED combination running and tail lights, and 16″ wheels.

Upgraded models like the LE, SE, and SEL can offer SeriusXM, Push Button Start, Lane Departure Warning, paddle shifters, and many other features.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback
The Mitsubishi Mirage fits squarely in the compact hatchback market [Image courtesy of Mitsubishi]

The Mirage is known as one of the most budget minded vehicles in the US market.

With a starting price of $13,795 it definitely has your wallet in mind. It is offered in the hatchback standard Mirage as well as the standard sedan style G4.

All trims of the Mirage come with a 1.2 Liter engine with either a manual transmission, or a CVT.

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