The thought of that makes me cringe because I have two (soon to be three) new teen drivers. At the moment, our family only has two cars. A minivan and a small pick-up truck (Olivia has her own). When the teens drive, they usually drive the minivan. This year we have done a lot of talking about our next vehicle purchase (or should I say, purchases, plural) for our teen drivers. We’re trying to decide what type of car is most logical when it comes to price and safety. We’re also trying to decide on a new vehicle versus a used vehicle.
Did you know that teens are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe types of cars. Teens usually have small vehicles that are old and do not offer good crash protection. That is according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s very interesting to me because we’ve been thinking about older pick-up trucks for Austin. He likes trucks and the older one’s are very affordable. But are they safe?
Emma wants anything that will transport her and that she can afford.
I guess I should mention that we have a little family rule. I won’t outright purchase a car for my kids. I will split the cost of a used car or I will help them purchase a new vehicle providing they have a job and can afford half of the monthly car payment, I will then pay the other half. Does that make me a mean mom?
As we’ve come across potential cars for teens, I’ve began to realize how unsafe some older cars can be. Last week was a bit of a wake-up call. We got the chance to test drive a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for the week. The eye opener was due to the fact that the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a small car that really packs a punch in the safety department!
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Safety Features
When I see a small car, my very first thought is, “I’d hate to be in a crash in that tiny car!” – but the safety features of the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage took me by surprise!
The particular 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage we test drove wasn’t fully loaded and started at a really nice low price. It had all the basics but also comes with awesome safety features. Let me share a few of the standard safety features I really like about this vehicle:
- 7 airbags which includes the driver’s knee impact airbags.
- RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) meaning, the construction of the vehicle deflects and transfers the crash energy away from occupants.
- MacPherson Front Struts with Stabilizer bar and rear Torsion Beam. This is a bit of mumbo-jumbo to me – but the most important thing to me is the stabilizer bar, sometimes called anti-roll bar. This helps reduce the body roll of a car during fast cornering or road irregularities. The stabilizer bar is similar to what they use in race cars.
These are really amazing safety features and so important to me, especially when I think about my teens. The car is so small, it’s hard to believe there is 7 air bags! The RISE system and stabilizer bar are awesome in the case of an accident and makes me feel safe having my teens driving this vehicle.
Other Features of the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
- 4-door (plus hatch)
- 1.2L, 3-cylinder, 74 horsepower.
- 37 City/44 Highway with customer reported 50+ MPG
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and brake assist.
- Key FOB with Push to Start
- Power windows, mirrors, door locks
- AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio w/Bluetooth and USB input
- LATCH child-restraint system
- Rear seats fold flat
- 47 cubic feet of cargo space when seats are down
- Starting at $12,995
I should also mention that the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage was rated #1 in Cars.com’s “New Cars for Penny Pincers” and “Best All-Around Performance” and “Best Environmental Performance” in the mini-compact class by Automotive Science Group. It was also listed as one of the “Greenest Vehicles” by the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy. Pretty cool!
Of course, I’ve already mentioned the safety features above, being my favorites about the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage. Besides the awesome safety features, I thought the car drove smoothly. When inside driving, you would not even know you were driving such a tiny car. It’s comfortable inside, there’s enough room. A few days I ran errands with two of my teens and one of their friends. The cargo area was convenient for our groceries.
A few days Mike went out with Gracie. We put the car seat in the middle back seat and Gracie had plenty of room back there. On another day, one of my teens rode back there with Gracie in the middle. It was a little tight, but do-able.
Let Me Show You the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage!
Not a ton of room, but not cramped by any means!
Even with a car seat in the middle, there’s still space for a person on each side.
Plenty of room for groceries…
Visit Mitsubishi to learn more about the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage.
What do you think?
Wouldn’t the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage be a great car for teen drivers?