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<snip>.... here's the list and a synopsis of what the magazine had to say about the models it chose:

• Lowest-rated subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage. Cheap to buy and good gas mileage, but it's "tiny, tinny" and the three-cylinder engine vibrates.

• Lowest-rated compact: Fiat 500L. Worst reliability of any new car and a "dismal" road-test score.

• Lowest-rated midsize sedan: Chrysler 200. "Mediocre," with clumsy handling and poor on the road.

• Lowest-rated compact luxury car: Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Stiff ride, noisy, cramped.

• Lowest-rated midsize luxury car: Lincoln MKS. -- Outdated and outclassed.

• Lowest-rated family SUV: Dodge Journey. V-6 engine had poor gas mileage.

• Lowest-rated luxury compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport. Too little or too much acceleration, and a balky transmission.

• Lowest-rated large luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade. Stiff ride, not that roomy and the Cue infotainment system is "confounding."

• Lowest-rated minivan: Chrysler Town & Country. Poor gas mileage and didn't fare well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap crash tests.

• Lowest-rated green car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV. A "half-step up from a golf cart," slow and clumsy.

'Consumer Reports' picks the 10 worst new cars by category
 

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The Mirage has the advantage of Mitsubishi being on the ropes. So you can apply an enormous amount of pressure on their sales staff, and almost certainly get it for less than even the Nissan Versa.

You'd still want the Versa over the Mirage, most likely. Mainly because four cylinders beats three cylinders. (109hp vs. 78hp).

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The Mirage has the advantage of Mitsubishi being on the ropes. So you can apply an enormous amount of pressure on their sales staff, and almost certainly get it for less than even the Nissan Versa.

You'd still want the Versa over the Mirage, most likely. Mainly because four cylinders beats three cylinders. (109hp vs. 78hp).

Chip H.
I'd take the Mirage over the Versa. Much higher fuel economy real world for the Mirage. Both are 4 star safety rating overall. Lower purchase cost for Mirage. Extreme advantage in warranty for the Mitsubishi at 5 years bumper to bumper and 10 years powertrain.
Subaru used to advertise "Inexpensive and built to stay that way". Would be appropriate for the Mirage.
 

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The danger with the Mitsu is that they might pull out of the US market, and you'd be left with no parts support (an orphan).

A friend has three Mitsubishis - two SUVs and a Galant. Previously he had a GS and a GSX Eclipse. They've been good cars for him, but he also maintains them well.

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