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Mitsubishi Mirage Performance

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage has slow acceleration and a noisy engine, according to critics. Test drivers also dislike its dreary handling and shaky highway ride.

  • "Underway, you can't help but notice the wheezy acceleration, bumpy ride and unsettled handling." -- Edmunds
  • "If you want a car that was engineered with some thought given to comfort, or quelling the noise, vibration and harshness that are inherent with driving the 2015 Mirage, you should look elsewhere." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Mirage is basic point A-to-point B transportation -- something Mitsubishi has never been anything but clear about." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "No one will buy this car for driving fun, but a fully loaded car with a manual transmission would be my choice if I settled on the Mirage." -- MSN Autos (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage comes standard with a 74-horsepower, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. The 2015 Mirage gets up to an EPA-estimated 37/44 mpg city/highway, which is one of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class.

Reviewers agree that the Mirage has very slow acceleration, so highway passing requires a lot of patience. They also warn buyers to expect a great deal of noise and vibration from the engine. Test drivers note that the CVT makes the Mirage’s acceleration even worse, so some recommend choosing the manual transmission instead.

  • "Whatever you choose, prepare yourself for leisurely acceleration accompanied by more noise, vibration and harshness than you'll get by putting bolts in a blender." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although the three-cylinder engine is certainly fuel-efficient, acceleration is quite slow and you'll need to plan well ahead for passing maneuvers on the highway." -- Edmunds
  • "In a car with this little power, the CVT makes the Mirage feel sluggish and unresponsive, with minimal sound deadening to mask the loud engine noise and a variety of burbles and burps that come with the CVT's fuel-saving magic." -- MSN Autos (2014)
  • "Slow acceleration means the hatchback is less at home merging onto busy highways, however." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers write that the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is easy to maneuver in the city thanks to its tight turning radius and low-effort steering. However, test drivers note that the Mirage feels jittery at highway speeds, and they say you have to adjust the steering wheel constantly to keep the car traveling in a straight line. According to auto writers, the Mirage has sloppy handling due to its soft suspension.

  • "Thanks to a small turning circle and light-effort steering, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is easy to maneuver in dense urban settings. On the highway, though, the little car becomes fidgety and demands more of the driver's attention." -- Edmunds
  • "The suspension is comfortable, but the little car leans heavily in corners, and the imprecise steering requires constant corrections just to stay in a straight line." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Suspension was soft, providing a tolerable ride over cobblestones but turning the sweeping, narrow corners of the Ile d'Orleans into a series of uncertain propositions when taken at speed." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "With an tight turning circle of 30.2 feet, nimble responses enabled by a curb weight of less than 2,000 pounds, and dimensions that lend themselves to easy parking, the Mirage is in its element in city environments." -- Left Lane News (2014)
Review Last Updated: 8/28/15

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