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A Minnesota couple drove this Mitsubishi Mirage for 414,000+ miles (and gave it horns)

The Huots drove their 2014Mitsubishi Mirago for over 400,000 miles.

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Jerry and Janice Huot spent 414,000 miles driving the Purple Won, but it wasn't their first choice. When the Huots arrived at White Bear Mitsubishi in White Bear Lake, Minnesota to trade in a Cadillac, they wanted a vehicle with better fuel economy. They saw that a Mirage got 44 mpg and they ended up driving it home.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage survived six winter in rural Minnesota. The only reason it won't be surviving its seventh is because White Bear Mitsubishi dealer principal Richard Herod III offered to trade them the for a new 2020 Mirage earlier this year. When they arrived at the dealership that day, they didn't plan on trading it in.

2002 Mitsubishi Mirage The Huots purchased the Mirage from White Bear Lake Mitsubishi.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

"I had brought it into the dealership for regular service and was saying hello to all the people we've gotten to know there when Richard came by," said Jerry. "When he heard about how many miles we had on the car, he said he wanted to use it for advertising, so he worked with us to get great deal on a new 2020 Mirage."

The Purple Won arrived at the dealership for trade wearing a "Purple Won" custom license plate and a purple paint job. The couple conceived the vanity plate's message by combining the car's color with the nickname of Price, who hailed from and lived in Minnesota.

The Huots had a lot of fun over the course of those 414,000 miles. One year Jerry dressed up the Mirage with horns for Janice's birthday in honor of her favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings.

The Mirage lived a full life of many acts. It served as a commercial delivery vehicle, hauled rocks and mulch for a landscaping project and required nothing but standard maintenance.

2002 Mitsubishi Mirage The car had over 414,000 miles on the odometer when it was traded in.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

"Janice drove it mostly for the first 7,000 miles or so, but when winter came, she wanted all-wheel-drive, so she got a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport," Jerry shared. "But then I started using the Mirage for my business. I am a courier. I deliver samples from various doctors' offices to labs, so I drive up and down the state and around town in Minneapolis all the time. The Mirage never missed a beat. It got me up and out of our gravel driveway, even in the middle of winter, when others got stuck in the snow."

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage The Huots with their 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage, complete with custom vanity plate.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

The Huots never babied the Mirage. It was stored outside year-round. Naturally, it needed some repairs from time to time. "We had to replace the wheel bearings sometime after 150,000 miles, and the starter motor was replaced at somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 miles, but that was all covered under warranty," Jerry said. "Otherwise, regular oil changes seemed to do the trick."

The Huots haven't divulged if they have any mileage goals for their new Mirage.

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The new ClickShop interface allows customers to shop for and purchase a vehicle online.

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If you like a Mitsubishi but don't like your local Mitsubishi dealership, there's good news. Today Mitsubishi Motors North America has launched a 24-hour digital showroom on mitsubishicars.com that allows customers to start, pause, restart, and complete the car buying process from the comfort and convenience of their home.

Called ClickShop, the process is designed to make the buying process as click, click, car." It rolls together the ability to browse real-time inventory; build a custom deal, with pre-populated, applicable incentives, including payment, trade, and taxes; submit their credit application and book an in-person or virtual appointment. Customers are also not required to submit their contact information to unlock deals.

"Mitsubishi Motors has so much to be proud of in 2021," said Mark Chaffin, Mitsubishi Motors North America Chief Operating Officer. "We are delivering a bold, capable and stylish lineup of vehicles that will result in one of the freshest showrooms in the industry, and we are delivering a fast, fair and fun car-buying experience to our customers. Tools like ClickShop allow us to deliver on what really matters to the modern customer by using data in a thoughtful, strategic way."

Still wondering how it works? Mitsubishi has a handy video you can watch the explains the process.

Between now and the end of the second quarter of 2021, Mitsubishi Motors will launch three revised vehicles and one all-new, ground-up redesign.

"We want people to feel good about buying a car, after all it is one of the most expensive purchases people will make in their lifetime," said Richard Herod III, White Bear Mitsubishi (White Bear Lake, Minn.) Dealer Principal. "This means we have to meet them where they are, be respectful of their time and sensitive to their budget, and we must be transparent. ClickShop allows us to show up for and support our customers, even before they walk in the door."

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been enhanced for the 2021 model year.

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The plug-in electric vehicle world is getting more competitive. Ahead of its next-gen launch, Mitsubishi has announced the its 2021 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has been significantly upgraded to include a revised powertrain, enlarged battery pack, and better performance. There's a also a new trim level.

This comes as the company has revealed the redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will go on sale this spring.

Mitsubishi will sell the Outlander PHEV in three trim levels for 2021: SEL, Limited Edition (LE), and GT. The LE trim is new and adds a standard sunroof, Mitsubishi Power Sound System, black grille, dark chrome dual-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and black front and rear bumper design to the model.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV The Outlander PHEV can be charged to make use of all-electric range or run as a traditional hybrid.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2021 version of the Outlander PHEV now comes with a 2.4-liter engine with the ability to achieve 126 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 70-kilowatt electric motor, upgraded from a 60-kilowatt unit. The total system output has now increased to 221 horsepower, up 31 horsepower from the previous model.

For the new model year, the SUV's main battery drive capacity has grown from 12.0 kilowatts per hour to 13.8 kilowatts per hour, increasing the SUV's all-electric range from 22 to 24 miles. It's all-electric top-speed has increased from 79 mph to 83 mph.

Mitsubishi says that the Outlander PHEV has also received software updates that improve the synchronization between the SUV's battery and engine, which is meant to reduce overall noise, vibration, and harshness.

Every Outlander PHEV comes equipped with all-wheel drive. It now has Sport and Snow driving modes as well.

The Mitsubishi has increased range for the 2021 model year.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Efficiency upgrades, combined with the new powertrain, lead the Outlander PHEV to achieve 74 MPGe and 26 mpg. Those are respectable numbers for a three-row SUV.

Forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with assist, and automatic high beam headlights are standard on every Outlander PHEV model.

Mitsubishi backs every Outlander PHEV with a fully transferrable five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, as well as a fully transferable 10-year /100,000-mile limited warranty on PHEV components and the Main Drive Lithium-ion battery. These limited warranties are in addition to a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty to the original retail purchaser and a seven-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty. Every Outlander PHEV also comes standard with a 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $36,295. The Outlander PHEV LE is priced at $37,995 while the top-tier Outlander PHEV GT comes in at $41,995.

Outlander PHEV is now eligible for $6,587 in federal tax credits, an increase of $751 compared to the 2020 model year.

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