2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

March 24, 2014
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Saving money and looking for a small car with great fuel economy? The Mitsubishi Mirage may satisfy your needs. But this subcompact does not do very well on the road compared with the other cars in the class. You may find a better-performing car in the market that costs just a little higher than the Mirage.

UNDER THE HOOD

The Mitsubishi Mirage runs with a front-wheel drive system and a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine that makes 74 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. The gearbox can be a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

Mitsubishi did quite a good job in giving the Mirage excellent fuel economy. It’s not a hybrid vehicle but EPA estimates show impressive figures. The Mirage can manage 34 city mpg, 42 highway mpg and 37 combined mpg with the manual transmission. The figures with the CVT are 37/44/40.

ON THE ROAD

Steering does not require too much effort for the Mirage to turn. But that’s only in the city. The small Mitsu feels quite jittery out on the highway, requiring more of your attention. It does not also handle bumps and road imperfections well, making the ride harsh every time. And unlike many of its rivals, the Mirage’s handling is not as confident and as secure.

Yet, the 3-cylinder engine wins in the fuel efficiency department. But don’t expect powerful acceleration with just 74 horsepower. It also creates too much noise under the hood which many reviewers complain about.

INSIDE THE MIRAGE

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The Mirage’s interior design is so simple. That’s a good thing because anyone can easily figure out the controls. But it’s not all-good because it looks bland. Many vehicles in the segment have more stylish cabins. No excuse for Mitsubishi.

But the space the Mirage offers is not disappointing. Roominess is where most subcompact cars usually struggle, but it’s good the Japanese automaker was able to thrive in this area with the Mirage. The cargo space is an impressive 17.2-cubic-foot. This can be expanded to 47 cubic feet by folding the rear seat down. In addition, the seats are nicely contoured, giving enough support and comfort. Adults would feel comfortable in the back.

KEY FEATURES

The all-new Mitsubishi Mirage is offered in either DE or ES trim level.

Some of the standard features that go with the Mirage DE are rear spoiler, 14-inch steel wheels, split folding rear seat, automatic climate control, air filtration, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, USB port, keyless entry, 4-way adjustable front seats, and 7 airbags.

The Mirage ES adds fog lights, 14-inch alloy wheels, 6-way adjustable driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, silver interior accents, Bluetooth, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and keyless entry with push-button start.

Other features that are available at a cost are hill start assist, navigation system, and rearview camera.

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