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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.

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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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New myQ technology turns your vehicles infotainment system into a garage door opener.

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The My Mitsubishi Connect platform has a new component that removes the garage door opener from your car's visor, cup holder, or anywhere else you may have it stashed in your car. The new myQ Connected Garage dynamic technology platform was developed by Chamberlain Group. It allows access to garage door functionality from within an infotainment screen.

The technology will debut on the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which was recently refreshed for the new model year. Users will be able to access myQ via the car's 8-inch infotainment touch screen, located at the center of the dashboard. The technology will also be available to 2018-2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross owners, through the My Mitsubishi Connect app.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with myQ

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"Today, drivers are limited by the ability to only open and close the garage door when they are within line of sight of the door," said James Trainor, Vice President General Manager of Automotive for Chamberlain Group. Chamberlain Group is the parent company of the Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door opener brands and myQ connected technology.

"We are thrilled to partner with Mitsubishi Motors to help enhance the driver experience when it comes to garage control. myQ Smart Vehicle Access allows Mitsubishi to integrate smart garage control capabilities within the car's in-dash touchscreen, allowing drivers to safely control, secure and monitor their garage door from wherever they are on their journey. With myQ Connected Garage, they can stay connected to home and know that their garage is secure."

According to Bryan Arnett, Director of Digital Product Strategy for Mitsubishi Motors Research and Development Americas, customers have indicated that controlling their garage door through the infotainment system is one of the most highly desired in-dash features.

To get in-dash garage control, go to your My Mitsubishi Connect app and on the "Services" page, select "myQ Connected Garage." Here you will be able to see if you have a myQ smart garage door opener. If you do not have one, you can select "Add a Hub" within the app to purchase a myQ Smart Garage™ Hub, a quick and easy way to add myQ to an existing garage door opener.

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The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the least expensive cars you can buy.

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If you think really hard o it, you're probably able to name some of the least expensive vehicles sold in the U.S. Spoiler alert: they're all cars. While SUVs start around $18,000 in the U.S., the cheapest car, the 2021 Chevrolet Spark has a starting MSRP of $13,400 and an additional $995 delivery charge. And, while it may be the cheapest, it's nowhere near the most fuel efficient.

That honor sits with the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage. The Mirage is powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can get that engine paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable (CVT) transmission. Either way, the Mirage's powertrain gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway, and 39 mpg combined.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4

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Those numbers are far better than the Spark's 33 mpg combined. To its credit, the Spark has a slightly larger engine (a 1.4-liter) and offers 20 more horsepower.

The Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 (the hatchback version) were both given a refresh for the 2021 model year. Mitsubishi will sell each model in four trim levels: ES, LE, Carbonite Edition (CE), and SE.

Up front, both models got Mitsubishi's latest Dynamic Shield grille design and a revised front bumper that's meant to give it a sense of sportiness. Out back, the Mirage's bumper and valance increased in size while the standard L-shaped horizontal taillights now stretch across the backside of the car. The overall aesthetic is in keeping with the newest designs in Mitsubishi's SUV lineup.

Mitsubishi will offer the Mirage and Mirage G4 in two new exterior paint colors for the new model year, White Diamond. A Sand Yellow finish is newly available just for the hatchback.

The car comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPla and Android Auto compatibility. Buyers who opt for the Mirage ES get redesigned front arm rests, new soft-touch cloth in high-touch areas, and a carbon fiber effect on the vehicle's power window switch trim.

Every Mirage now comes with forward collision mitigation technnology with pedestrians detection. Lane departure warning and automatic high beams are available on the top-tier SE trim level.

The new 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Carbonite Edition features a revised front grille and air dam, side air dam, b-pillar decal and rear airdam with carbon-pattern surfaces and contrasting red accents. It's available in either a sedan or hatchback body style. The model is slotted just below the top SE grade.

Every Mirage comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty; and 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.

Pricing for the 2021 Mirage tops out at $17,445. The Mirage G4 starts at $15,295 and goes up to $18,195.

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