2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review: Car Reviews

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Mitsubishi Mirage

Dirt cheap, great on gas and more


1. A 3-cylinder engine makes 74 hp and 74 of torque.

2. Fuel economy is 37 MPG and 44 MPG highway with the CVT, we managed as high was 46 MPG.

3. A can be yours for $13,790 including the fee.

And yet point-by-point, the Mirage a passable attempt to address all of our

The Mirage’s body was designed for rather than style. The may be plain, but Mitsu has dressed it up bright paint colors by their Facebook fans: Purple, Kiwi Green, Blue and Infra-Red. (The can get their Mirage in black, gray or silver.) Tall, tires help mask the tiny size, which is by a set of 14-inch wheels. For reference, four-inches longer than a Spark but a foot shorter a Honda Fit.

Under the the Mirage makes extensive use of steel to provide good protection with light The front-end structure is bolted on, not which makes for cheaper after a minor collision subsequently, lower insurance


The interior is not nearly as dreadful as we the dash is well organized and the from which it is made are no than any of the Mirage’s competitors. The panels are pretty dire, with chintzy hard in the places we would have to rest our elbows, but the doors shut with a reassuring although you have to slam pretty hard to get them to

The front seats could use some improvement. We gave the a sporting chance by assigning our writer to review it, but even at he found the bottom cushion thigh support and the backrest too The back seat is a shapeless that provides little support, though legroom is decent.

The Mirage has three belts in the back, but anyone enough to occupy the middle could probably fit just as into the glovebox. Cargo is a grocery-bag-friendly 8.3 cubic feet; the split-fold rear seat room for suitcases.


the Mirage’s hood, search a bit, and you’ll eventually upon the engine, a 1.2-liter unit so small that almost completely hidden by the air box. Output is a mere 74 and 74 lb-ft of torque; instead of up the power, Mitsubishi has mercilessly the Mirage’s weight down to one ton — 300 lbs less than a Yaris and 500 lbs lighter than a Fit.

The Mirage can be had with a manual transmission, but for the best fuel economy you’ll the automatic, which is a continuously-variable Instead of conventional gears, the CVT a pair of variable-diameter pulleys by a belt to continuously vary the of engine speed to wheel hence the name. The Mirage’s CVT a two-speed gearset, which the ratio range and gives the a more positive kick-down when acceleration is demanded.

Unfortunately, there isn’t acceleration to demand. In-town is acceptable, but merging onto the is a foot-to-the-floor, heart-in-your-throat affair, the slow, steady beat of the engine making it feel slower. (The three-cylinder is actually quite pleasing, but we the Mirage didn’t play it at the of a Metallica concert.)

Once up to highway speed, the Mirage is to stay there. We didn’t much road noise, because it wasn’t loud to compete with the rushing of the and the roar of the engine.


Mitsubishi Mirage

The payoff for the Mirage’s acceleration is its outstanding fuel Mitsubishi says the Mirage is the fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-fueled car in with EPA ratings of 37 MPG city and 44 MPG with the CVT and 34/42 with the (Fuel economy is the first against the manual; the second is the shifter and the third is the tall gear, which makes it to get the Mirage moving on a hill. In its the stick-shift version is slightly — or perhaps we should say less slow — and vibrate quite so badly at as the automatic.)

During our first drive in a Mirage, which included city traffic, repeated acceleration (a term we use loosely in the of the Mirage), and one ill-conceived but miraculously attempt to pass a slow-moving on a two-lane road, we averaged 38 A later drive, which freeway, urban and suburban at a more normal pace or as close to a normal pace as the could muster — nearly 46 MPG.

And our short with the stick-shift in similar yielded 44 MPG. Stupendous!


Mitsubishi did not tune the Mirage’s or steering for the US market; instead, we get the setup engineered for the mean of Thailand.

The Thais apparently a preference for imprecise steering and an ride that crashes bumps, because that’s the Mirage delivers. Tug the steering even slightly and the Mirage like a schooner; it quickly and takes a confident set, you can enjoy for all of a fraction of a second the anorexically-skinny tires give up little grip on the pavement posses.


So why anyone buy a Mitsubishi Mirage? it is dirt-freaking-cheap. The Mirage DE costs ($12,995 plus a mandatory destination fee) and includes windows, mirrors and locks, a stereo with a USB port, airbags (including one for the driver’s piano-black trim, and — get — not just air conditioning, but climate control.

A total of gets you the ES model, with wheels, a height-adjustable driver’s Bluetooth, cruise control, keyless ignition, a leather-wrapped wheel and some extra to spruce up the cabin. The CVT adds to both trim levels, and you can add navigation and a backup camera to the ES for $900 more. That the price up to $16,890, which is less than a similarly-spec’d Versa.

And the whole shootin’ match is by a 5 year/60,000 bumper-to-bumper warranty 10 years/100,000 miles of powertrain


Though it is slow, and miserable to drive, the Mitsubishi delivers exactly what it Dirt-cheap motoring with amenities, new-car reliability and a warranty. We can’t say we love the but we do respect it. and we almost like it.

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