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Mitsubishi Mirage gets modest trim upgrades for 2015

Starting price remains unchanged at $12,995.

Mitsubishi has introduced its 2015 Mirage for the US market, bringing several equipment upgrades for the model's "sophomore year."

The interior has been improved with new chrome accents around the audio system and HVAC panels, along with improved seat fabric. The exterior of the ES trim level has also been slightly tweaked with a new rear-mounted short pole antenna and new side mirrors with turn indicators.

When outfitted with a CVT gearbox, the subcompact maintains EPA ratings of 37 mpg city, 44 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined. The numbers are claimed to represent the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in the US market.

The company boasts that a driver in a March hypermiling event, traveling from Las Vegas to Cypress, California, was able to complete the run with an average consumption of just under 75 mpg.

The 2015 carryover is powered by a small three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can achieve slightly better acceleration with the five-speed manual rather than the CVT, but at the expense of a few miles per gallon.

Mitsubishi has maintained the Mirage's $13,805 (including $810 freight) entry price for 2015.

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