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Little Car, Big City

One would think that Mitsubishi’s little car would get swallowed up in a big city like New York. But similar to the plasma purple coat, the Mirage shined bright during my adventure for the week. My time with the car would take me around 2 of the 5 Boroughs, Queens and Manhattan. If I’m being honest, I was a bit worried about driving round the big city. I even thought about doing a defensive driving course to help me gain a bit more confidence driving around a busy place. I even looked up a company called my improv, but I think I’ll be fine, just got to wait and see what happens I guess.
Little Car Big City 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ©2015 HollyDayz

When I first received the car I smirked at the bright purple. It was shining in the sun and I thought it was cute. As soon as I could, I took it for a test drive around Queens. Now don’t judge me, but I was excited to have a push to start car! My car doesn’t have that feature, nor have any cars I have rented. It was nice not having to fumble around with keys, I could just keep the transmitter in my pocket and start the car.
It was a warm day and I immediately turned on the A/C. The car cooled down quickly. The ride was smooth as I drove it. One area of the road was waiting to be re-paved and the car still offered a smooth ride. I drove to my friend’s house who was surprised to see the car, but she loved the color.

Her nails match the car! ©2015 HollyDayz
Her nails match the car! ©2015 HollyDayz

She too thought the car was cute and realized that it matched her nail polish. We both took turns sitting in the backseat which was very spacious for such a tiny car. For giggles I opened the trunk and she got in to see if she could fit in there. She almost did for the most part. It is a hatchback so the trunk isn’t the biggest.
Radio and A/C ©2015 HollyDayz
Radio and A/C ©2015 HollyDayz

The radio was basic. I found it odd that you didn’t have to put the volume too far down before you could no longer hear it. Around 17 the radio was at a whisper. Turning it up to 27 or 30 gave enough sound to be background music. I also wish there was a middle console to store items in like a GPS since the car didn’t have one.
That evening a few of us took a ride into Manhattan. It was such a smooth ride. In such a big city with a ton of cars it was nice to be able to zip around with ease. Parking was also the best! Finding parking in Manhattan can be a nightmare, but with the Mirage being a smaller car it was a dream.
Purple Plasma ©2015 HollyDayz
Purple Plasma ©2015 HollyDayz

The next day I met back up with my friend for the 5 Borough Instameet. Different teams in the 5 boroughs of NYC were meeting up to do an Instagram challenge to showcase whichever borough you were in. We met up with our team in Flushing and was able to park with ease. While everyone took the train to the next location we hopped in the cute purple plasma Mitsubishi and met our team there.
Having fun during the 5 Borough Instameet ©2015 HollyDayz
Having fun during the 5 Borough Instameet ©2015 HollyDayz

Once again we found a great spot for the car and walked over to meet everyone. We then continued to ride around Queens taking pictures for the challenge. I enjoyed driving the car. One thing I wanted to do was test the car over the cobblestone streets in Long Island City. It was still just as smooth. The color turned heads everywhere I drove.
Cobblestone streets of Long Island City, Queens! ©2015 HollyDayz
Cobblestone streets of Long Island City, Queens! ©2015 HollyDayz

All the driving around and it still had a lot of gas. I never had to fill the car up once in the week that I had it. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage offers 37 mpg driving around the city. I think it would make a great starter car for a high school student or someone entering college as it is priced at $12,995. It would also be cool for a road trip. The car gets 44 mpg on the highway so you wouldn’t have to stop as often.
I missed the car once it was gone. It was a lot of fun to drive. I had fun exploring my hometown with it for the challenge. I also enjoyed being able to park in so many spots that I wouldn’t have been able to fit in with a bigger car. I got a kick out of turning heads in the purple.
Would you ride around in the 2015 Purple Plasma Mitsubishi Mirage?
Disclaimer: While receiving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage to review. All opinions and views are my own.

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  • The Wild Explorer

    You definitely would not lose that car in a car park. Great article as always x

    • Holly Dayz

      No, I really didn’t. It was very easy to find.

  • Kristina Cameron

    Loved this post! You have the cutest car, LOVE the pink so fun!

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks! It was such a cute car.

  • amused0bserver

    The color is lovely and the matching nail polish – funny! 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      It was so ironic that it matched, but very cool.

  • Elaine J. Masters

    I wouldn’t have thought that driving around the boroughs would be easy, or parking simple. It’s true with a small car you have more options and it sure is adorable.

    • Holly Dayz

      The car made it easier. Especially with bumpy pot hole filled roads and people’s selfish parking!

  • galanda23

    I think this is the perfect size car for a big city. It may not be the most comfortable one, but parking it would be a pleasure. Looks great!

    • Holly Dayz

      The car was actually pretty comfortable. Great size for a big city without being too small.


    I’m a londoner and I think more of us drive small cars. I love them and freak when I get given anything too big! So much easier to park!

    • Holly Dayz

      America has this bigger is better mentality. Small cars can work out in the US too though.


    Ummm I need a pink car! Reminds me of fat guy little coat:) haha

    • Holly Dayz

      You have to get one then! 🙂

  • Melody Pittman

    Won’t have any trouble finding a parking place for that little car or losing it with the color. LOL Sometimes a good thing in the city!

  • Holly Dayz

    I am not a fan of huge SUV type cars. I feel I am too small for them lol so I can understand! Much easier to park.

  • Holly Dayz

    Nope, perfect car for both. Parking in NYC is rough..this made is a bit more bearable.

  • ryazanduraytristram

    I love the colour of that car! <3 great review for this cute car, looks like its very convenient for city driving.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. I think it is a cute car. I dubbed it the purple people eater.

  • Andrea Leblang

    What a fun way to explore! Love that colorful, cute car. Looks like you guys had a blast 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      We had a great time.

  • Ana

    I had to get used to not having to use the keys for ignition too but I love it now. This looks greta for NY, ut I would feel like tiny insect in Texas, where everybody drives big trucks! LOL!

    • Holly Dayz

      It is great to not have to worry about them, although it makes me think it is also easy to leave them somewhere lol. I could understand that since everything is big in Texas

  • Mia

    I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure I’m down with the purple madness! However, I love the idea of a tiny car. In Europe, these cars are almost standard. It would be nice to bring the “bigger is not always better” attitude to the U.S.!

    • Holly Dayz

      It is a loud color, but it grew on me. It is true, bigger is not always better.

  • Tyra

    Sounds like it had great gas mileage, which is clutch. The purple is cute… not sure I could own a purple car, but it is kind of cute.

    • Holly Dayz

      It had great gas mileage. I wouldn’t personally own a purple care either, but it is cute.

  • Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    This car is adorable and the color is so fun. Street parking is so hard to find in the city, with a car this size I wouldn’t have any issues parking. Glad you had a chance to zip around, even better that it has great mileage.

    • Holly Dayz

      It was a fun color. I loved being able to park with ease.

  • Nancy Laws (@chicmompreneur)

    The color is really gorgeous! I love it too

    • Holly Dayz

      I am glad you like it

  • Tanay

    Ahhhh yes I drove the mirage too! It was great being in NYC and not worrying about people’s selfish parking because I could fit anywhere!!!! Lol

    • Holly Dayz

      I am glad I am not the only person who thinks people parking so selfishly. The mirage made it easier to endure that.

  • Jonna

    I would totally drive this. Just saving on gas is a plus. I think I rented a similar car recently when in Charleston SC and it was fun zipping around town in.

    • Holly Dayz

      Saving on gas is always a plus!

  • Valerie Robinson

    That is just the cutest car; would totally whip it around the city :). Plus, it makes for easy parallel parking LOL!

    • Holly Dayz

      It is so cute. Looks small, but it is pretty spacious.

  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    I have a pretty big SUV so parking in DC can usually be a challenge (although I’ve masted parallel parking). So I can imagine how this car would make driving in the city a breeze! And I love all things purple, so this color is cute.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it can be difficult to park in DC especially with a bigger car. This car would certainly be up your alley then if you love purple.

  • aidahjohnson

    What a cute car! think it is perfect for a big city like NYC especially because of the parking 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      I really liked it, it was nice.

  • Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    I actually love the color. I think this is definitely really convenient for parking in NYC.

    • Holly Dayz

      The color grew on me.

  • Shawana

    Wow! what a cute car! I love the color and it’s the perfect car for NY. I drove to NY once in a Suburban and it was not easy getting around or parking in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Looks like you had a great time driving around.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea parking in the NYC area can be a challenge. So smaller cars make that challenge much easier.

  • everydayeyecandy

    This is such a cute car! I love the color and it looks so convenient for the big city!

    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, very convenient.

  • Sasha-Shae

    That car is cute!! Love the colour and I’m not even a pinkish fan like that.

    • Holly Dayz

      What about a purple fan? Lucky for you it isn’t pink.

  • glamstyledivas

    The car is cute and the color is lovely but I don’t know if I would be able to stand the size lol. The inside doesn’t look updated either. I would agree with you and say it may be something good for a college student or even a high school student. But seems like it was very convenient for you, especially with parking.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea I think it is a great starter car.

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