Three hot deals on affordable, basic transportation

first_imgManufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $18,498 Mitsubishi Canada Incentive*: $700Unhaggle Savings: $250 Total Savings: $950 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,590 Total Before Tax: $19,138 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe Mitsubishi Mirage G4 enters 2018 with a new name — the GT replaces the previous SEL. The cabin is spacious, with plenty of headroom in all spots and surprising rear seat room. The equipment list counts the usual power items, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, cruise control, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a back-up camera and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. It is pretty basic, but functional and easy to live with on a daily basis, although the lack of advanced safety aids is an issue. The trunk measures 348 however, however, and the sedan makes do with a ski pass-through in lieu of split/folding seats, which limits utility.The Mirage is powered by a diminutive 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that makes 78 horsepower and 74 lb.-ft. of torque. The numbers, as they appear on paper, are exactly as they perform on-road. The engine and continuously variable transmission combine to deliver stunted performance — it takes 13.7 seconds to get from rest to 100 km/h, and the CVT forces the engine to scream in the process. It is also less than melodic, which is a common complaint with all engines that have an odd number of cylinders.However, fuel economy is an upside. The Mirage G4 sips 5.7 L/100 kilometres on the highway. Given the cost of fuel today, that is a plus. The other plus is the 10‑year, 160,000-kilometre powertrain warranty. But the Mirage’s suspension is an anomaly — on the one side, there is a fair amount of initial body roll. On the other, the ride quality feels harsh over a rough road and it tends to get skittish when a rough section is encountered mid-corner. A driver’s car this is not, but it is easily wheeled around an urban environment at city speeds.The featured Mirage has sticker of $19,138, after the application of a combined Unhaggle discount of $950.Compare the Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Rio and Mitsubishi Mirage side-by-side right hereTransport Canada lists one recall, no. 2017532, for the Mitsubishi Mirage. It states on certain vehicles, “the internal self-diagnostic of the airbag control module may interpret vibrations caused by severe road conditions and/or driving on a flat tire as being a system fault. This would disable the airbag system.” Dealers will update vehicle software. There are no recalls for the Sonic or Rio.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does not rate the 2018 Sonic hatchback, although the 2017 Sonic sedan has Good ratings for all crash tests including the small front overlap test. The NHTSA does give the Sonic hatchback five stars (the best) for overall crash performance. The Mirage has Good ratings for the moderate front overlap crash, roof strength, headrest/seat tests and an Acceptable for the side impact test, but it gets a Marginal for the small front overlap crash test. Given the Rio has been completely redesigned, including the platform, it has not been tested by either agency as of this writing. The consensus is it will score well when tested thanks to the increase in ultra high-strength steel and impact-energy absorbing qualities it imparts.The projected resale value of these three affordable rides in 2022, after being driven an average of 20,000 kilometres per year, is $6,650 for the Sonic, $6,250 for the Rio and $3,900 for the Mirage. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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The Sonic hatch accommodates four adults comfortably, and offers 538 litres of space with he 60/40 split-folding seats upright and 1,351 when folded flat.The Premier arrives with a perky 1.4-litre Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 138 horsepower and, more importantly, 148 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,850 rpm when teamed with the six-speed automatic transmission. The combination delivers a run from zero to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds, and a highway fuel economy rating of 6.6 L/100 kilometres.  The Sonic is a spirited drive, with the sporty suspension delivering sorted handling and a fast response to steering input. The combination means the Premier is as happy prowling suburbia as it is running a twisty back road.The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic Premier five-door hatch arrives with a combined Unhaggle discount of $1,000 and a pre-tax sticker price of $23,106.RELATED Car Review: 2017 Chevrolet Sonic RS Premier Hatchback First Drive: 2018 Kia RioKia RioCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Kia Rio The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” See More Videos Cross the Mirage off your list — it has too many cons to counter the few pros it enjoys. The choice between the Sonic and Rio is a tough one, as both have strong arguments for picking one over the other. However, considering its lengthy list of standard amenities and the resulting value-for-money quotient the Rio is this week’s hot deal. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This week’s featured Unhaggle deals are the Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Mitsubishi Mirage. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $23,545 Kia Canada Incentive*: $750Unhaggle Savings: $250 Total Savings: $1,000 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,700 Total Before Tax: $24,245 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe all-new fourth-generation 2018 Kia Rio arrives with a new look and expanded dimensions. It is longer, wider and now rides on a 10-millimetre longer wheelbase, which brings more interior space for all. This and the use of 30 per cent more ultra-high strength steel in the body delivers a solid platform that’s a step up from its predecessor.The Rio’s cabin has also been completely reworked. It is a prime example of just how much the definition of entry-level has changed over the years. In this case, the Rio gets a good infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and full-on navigation, plus heated leather seats and steering wheel, a power moonroof, and the list goes on. The Rio is also one of the few entry-level rides to have autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment. If there is a nit it is the hard plastics — nothing new for an entry-level car, but a missed opportunity on Kia’s behalf. The back seat is roomy and has enough space to handle three adults should the need arise, along with a 387-litre trunk – generous for the segment.The Rio arrives with a 1.6-litre, direct-injected four-cylinder engine that pushes 130 horsepower and 119 lb.-ft. of torque through the front wheels. The engine works with a six-speed automatic that’s smooth running up through the gears and it bumps down a cog quickly when the gas is matted to pass a slower car. Rio runs from zero to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds and has a highway fuel economy of 6.4 L/100 km.With a balanced suspension, the Rio dials out unwanted body roll without feeling harsh over broken pavement. Likewise, the reaction to steering input is quick and precise. A plus is the vehicle stability management system. It not only uses the brakes to counter oversteer, it employs the electric power steering to turn the front wheels a few degrees into the skid, which brings a quicker, less flustered save should the worst happen.The Rio arrives with a combined Unhaggle discount of $1,000 and a sticker of $24,245.Mitsubishi Mirage G4Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Trending Videos Handout / Mitsubishi On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at affordable rides. The hot deals are on the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic Premier, Kia Rio EX Tech Navi and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GT.Chevrolet SonicCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Chevrolet Sonic RELATED TAGSChevroletKiaMirageMitsubishiRioSonicNew Car DealsNew Car DealsNew VehiclesAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive SafetyAutomotive TechnologyBluetooth SIG Inc.CanadaChevrolet SonicDriving.caGraeme FletcherHatchbacksInsurance Institute for Highway SafetyKia CanadaKia Motors CorporationKia RioManufacturer Suggested RetailMitsubishi CorporationMitsubishi MirageNational Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationOnStar CorporationScience and TechnologySedansTechnologyTransport CanadaUnhaggle.comVehicle Control Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $22,145 Chevrolet Canada Incentive*: $500Unhaggle Savings: $500 Total Savings: $1,000 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,961 Total Before Tax: $23,106 – click here for exclusive local pricingAfter last year’s refresh, the 2018 Sonic continues with one key upgrade — Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. It arrives with a seven-inch touchscreen and includes Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi capability that allows connection for up to seven devices at 15 metres away. The rest of the content list is comprehensive, including the usual power items along with a moonroof. The nits to pick are the hard plastics throughout, and the fact the chunky A-pillars eat into the visibility. advertisement ‹ Previous Next ›last_img

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