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Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks 42 out of 42 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.

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A mundane interior, sloppy handling and a loud, weak engine overshadow the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage's outstanding fuel economy, test drivers say.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage has a three-cylinder engine that reviewers say is both short on highway passing power and loud. An automatic transmission is available, but a five-speed manual transmission comes standard. The 2015 Mirage's fuel economy is outstanding for the class, getting an EPA-estimated 37/44 mpg city/highway. Auto writers report that the Mirage’s small turning circle makes it easy to maneuver in tight places, but they say that the Mirage has sloppy handling while cornering. Some also note that it feels shaky at highway speeds and requires continuous steering corrections to maintain a straight line.

Critics remark that even for a subcompact car the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage's cabin materials are poor quality and its styling bland. A few add that the front seats are minimally adjustable and the armrests uncomfortable, but others say the seats are supportive and point out the rear seat is sufficiently spacious for two adults. For the class the Mirage has good cargo space. Standard features in the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage include a USB port, automatic climate control and keyless entry. Available features include Bluetooth, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, push-button start and navigation. Test drivers think the Mirage offers a lot of standard features for its price, and they note that the controls for the audio and climate systems are easy to use.

  • "Entry-level prices make Mirage an interesting proposition from a value standpoint, but its acceleration, cabin appointments, and overall dynamic refinement trail most subcompact competitors." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Mirage's low price and good fuel economy fulfill its promises of being inexpensive to own and operate, and it's surprisingly well equipped, with standard features like automatic climate control. But make no mistake, making it in America is harder than ever, and even at this price point there are cars offering a more refinement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The subcompact economy car segment, once comprising mostly rolling penalty boxes, has matured into one with a number of pleasant, inexpensive transportation choices. Sadly, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, despite being one of the newest entries here, seems to be a holdout." -- 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." -- MSN Autos (2014)

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Reviewers are quite impressed with the Ford Fiesta’s agile handling and controlled highway ride. They also appreciate its well-built cabin and spacious, comfortable front seats.

Auto writers say the Chevrolet Sonic has a comfortable ride and sharp handling. The Sonic’s spacious rear seats and appealing interior design also appeal to critics.

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Details: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage                                                            

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a five-seat hatchback that’s available in DE and ES trims. A 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. The Mirage hasn’t changed much since its debut for the 2014 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/9/15

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