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MSRP: $12,995 - $15,195
Invoice: $12,712 - $14,864
MPG: 34 City / 42 Hwy
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Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks 40 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mitsubishi Mirage, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is ranked:

Automotive journalists say the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has some practical appeal because of its low price and long warranty, but rivals have better handling, more power and a lot more style.

The 2014 Mirage has a three-cylinder engine, and while test drivers say the Mirage is capable of achieving highway speeds, they also write that accelerating and passing requires some forethought. A few reviewers mention that the engine is loud, which is a common complaint about subcompact cars. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional, though some test drivers note that the standard five-speed manual transmission makes better use of the engine’s power. Equipped with a CVT, the Mirage gets an EPA-estimated 37/44 mpg city/highway, which is superb for the class. Test drivers say the car’s small stature and tight turning radius make it easy to park. They also note that the Mirage adequately handles bumps, but is less composed around corners. None of the reviewers thinks the Mirage is particularly fun behind the wheel.

The Mitsubishi Mirage’s cabin is plain and mostly plastic, critics say, but audio and climate controls are intuitively placed and easy to operate. Test drivers say the front seats are comfortable and the cabin has adequate space for four adults, though, as in most subcompacts, rear passengers may be cramped. Standard features include a four-speaker CD audio system, a USB port, automatic climate control, power side mirrors and keyless entry. Optional features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, push-button start and a navigation system with a rearview camera. While reviewers say the cabin isn’t high-tech, it comes standard with features that are optional on some rivals, including a USB port and automatic climate control.

  • "In short, the Mirage is a car that doesn't over-promise and doesn't under-deliver. But it doesn't really over-deliver, either -- it's adequate, earnest transportation for the masses." -- AutoWeek
  • "With an impressive list of standard and optional features, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a practical and fuel-efficient subcompact. But it faces a tough sell against competitors offering better performance and refinement." -- Edmunds
  • "Realistically, however, one would have to settle to buy a Mirage, because there are larger, more practical, better driving and better-looking alternatives out there for similar money, especially with so many subcompact and compact cars offering thousands of dollars in sales incentives. Yes, they'll likely use slightly more fuel. But for those buyers looking at the 2014 Mirage, its low price, low fuel use and long powertrain warranty … sure looks mighty appealing on paper." -- MSN Autos
  • “Demanding excitement from basic transportation is like demanding nuanced subtext from Transformers 4. The folks at Mitsubishi have no illusions about the Mirage's place in the universe and neither should the buying public." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Flashy and powerful it isn't, but the diminutive, affordable hatchback does offer a surprising amount of passenger space, excellent maneuverability and combined fuel economy of 40 mpg - that's tops among non-hybrid cars in the United States." -- Left Lane News

Other Cars to Consider

Like the Mirage, the Chevrolet Spark is a small hatchback with a low price and good fuel economy. The Spark comes standard with an OnStar telematics system, which includes features like emergency assistance and turn-by-turn directions. Reviewers say that crisp graphics and simple menus make the Spark’s optional infotainment system a breeze to use.

The base Ford Fiesta costs about $1,000 more than the Mirage, but reviewers say it has snappy handling and is fun to drive. They also praise the Fiesta’s upscale interior. Available features include a moonroof, leather seats and Ford’s Sync system, which adds Bluetooth and voice recognition to control audio and smartphone functions.

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Details: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage                                                            

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is an all-new hatchback that’s available in two trims: DE and ES. A 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission are standard. A CVT is available on both trims.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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