By on March 3, 2017

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage blue front quarter, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback

1.2-liter inline-3, DOHC (78 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, 74 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)

Continuously variable transmission, front-wheel drive

37 city / 43 highway / 39 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

36.3 (Observed, MPG)

Base Price: $13,830

As Tested (GT): $17,330

Prices include $835 destination charge.

It’s been the butt of jokes from journalists for years. It’s too small. It’s underpowered. It’s noisy. It’s funny looking. It’s cheap.

I’m not going to disagree.

Yet I don’t hate the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT. Granted, I wouldn’t look forward to taking a cross-country journey in it with the family, but it’s not a bad choice for the right combination of driver and road.

The GT trim level name, however, must be a joke. There is nothing grand about touring in any city car. Reviewers seem to forget exactly for what and whom the Mirage is meant. This is an inexpensive car meant for commuting at minimal upfront cost, and with similarly low costs to run.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage blue profile, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

The Mirage is refreshed for 2017 with mature, sharper lines that make the car look more stately. Without knowing anything about the car or spying badges, the new Mirage looks vaguely like some sort of European Ford. My tester wore 15-inch alloy wheels in place of the 14-inch units fitted to lesser trims, and they fill out the wheel wells nicely.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage blue front, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

Out back, though, is an unsightly appendage: a tacked-on housing for the rearview camera. To my slightly OCD eye, it looks turned just a hair off vertical, which seriously bugged me. It could be better integrated into the hatch somehow, but as the Thailand-built Mirage is offered in many markets without the costly feature — indeed, the base ES trim doesn’t have a camera — I’m sure stamping two distinct hatch panels is much more costly than fitting this camera with a couple screws.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage blue rear, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

I’m not willing to say the Mirage is the best-looking car in the class, however. Toyota’s Yaris is probably the winner of the lot, though the Nissan Versa Note looks decent when fitted with the factory alloys. There’s only so much styling that can be done with a tiny hatchback, and the competition has simply done a better job than Mitsubishi.

The low-cost nature of the Mirage shines through in the interior. Its GPS antenna is glued to the dashboard in front of the passenger seat and the microphone for the Bluetooth phone is similarly glued atop the steering column. Both accessories have exposed cables leading behind their respective panels. Furthermore, the USB input for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is a female port on the end of another generic black cable in the glove compartment. Nearly every other car on the market with these now-essential features have integrated the ports into the interior seamlessly. I understand the cheap-yet-functional nature of these bits. I can also recall myself as a kid being left alone in my mother’s car: if I had a little black blob sticking to the dashboard, I’m certain I’d have fiddled with it, eventually breaking the glue loose.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage interior, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

Otherwise, the interior was perfectly functional, and surprisingly roomy. I had plenty of room front and rear, with legroom to spare in the rear seat after adjusting the front seat to my liking. The seats themselves were not the most comfortable — I found them flat, offering little bolstering or lumbar support — but at least this GT’s heated front seats had perhaps the most powerful heaters I’ve encountered in any car, which loosened the tightness I found in my lower back after a long drive.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage interior, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

Cargo space isn’t cavernous, though I had no problems carrying a half-dozen cases of Thin Mints.

(To be clear, I was delivering the cookies with my kids. I’m not that much of a glutton. Not anymore, at least.)

With the seats up, Mitsubishi quotes 17.2 cubic feet of cargo area, and 47 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. There is plenty of space for a weeks’ worth of groceries or a carry-on bag. This compares nicely to the competition: only the Versa Note has more seat-up storage with 18.8 cubic feet, versus 11.2 cubes for the Chevrolet Spark and 15.6 for the Yaris hatch.

The passenger compartment is quite narrow as expected, so I did miss a center armrest. Three kids fit side-by-side in the rear without eye gouging, so that’s a plus. However, there’s a dearth of cupholder space throughout; two portals mounted forward of the shift lever, requiring some contortions to fit larger drinks beneath the protruding dash, and a single center-mounted holder between the front seats, causing arguments among the kids over who got to bring along their sugarwater.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage infotainment, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

The audio system fitted to this Mirage is surprising — a 6.5-inch display for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. No satellite radio is offered, though I’m sure this cost savings for Mitsubishi won’t be missed by most buyers, who will likely stream audio via Bluetooth or the aforementioned smartphone cable in the glove box. The four-speaker audio system sounded genuinely good for what it was. I did notice a bit of distortion with bass-heavy tunes, though I never noticed any rattling of interior panels with the sound turned way up – something I can’t say about other cars I’ve tested.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage gauges, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

The Mirage was a perfectly capable commuter for much of my test. My suburban commute varies between 20 and 50 mph depending on the timing of the various school buses and garbage trucks, and I had little trouble keeping up with the flow of traffic. Even when I ventured onto the interstate, I found the Mirage maintained a somewhat extralegal cruising speed. Oops.

78 horsepower out of a 1.2-liter three-cylinder doesn’t sound like much, but consider sports cars from a couple of generations ago. The beloved Triumph Spitfire, at best, managed roughly 75 hp without the fuel economy expected of a modern car. Generations of enthusiasts lusted over sports cars with significantly less power than this Mitsubishi.

The transmission does let the engine down. The top-trim GT package I tested is only available with a CVT, and it seems to be an older generation that has so many of the drivability issues found in CVT-equipped cars of 10 years ago. Mashing the throttle from a stop or a low-speed roll yields nothing but noise from the thrashy three-cylinder for several beats until the engine is turning closer to 4,000 rpm. Steady cruising is uneventful on flat ground, but engine speed and noise varies the moment the road begins to undulate as the transmission hunts for an ideal ratio to maintain forward motion. The Mirage deserves a better option — a five-speed manual must certainly be an improvement, or a traditional torque-converter automatic could improve drive quality at a minimal cost to fuel economy.

As the Mirage is nearly 200-pounds lighter than any other car in the class while employing a smaller, less powerful engine, the fuel economy is commensurately better. The Mirage is rated at 39 mpg combined, where the Versa Note, Yaris, and Spark are in the 33-34 mpg range. Those 20 to 30 fewer horsepower may make for less frequent visits to the pump, but the tradeoff is a more nerve-wracking driving experience in the Mirage.

The ride is quite acceptable over most surfaces, though the short 96.5-inch wheelbase doesn’t overcome expansion joints and potholes on the typical Ohio interstate. As compact as the Mirage is, one can typically avoid such pavement imperfections on surface roads. I did note significant body roll during spirited cornering, though.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage blue rear quarter, Image © 2017 Chris Tonn

Would I buy one? In a word, no. With two kids approaching their teen years, I need more room for hauling the kids and all their stuff to the various games, practices, and other events, and no subcompact can offer what I need out of a car.

At the price of the car I tested ($17,330), I’d have to believe there are plenty of options. The Nissan Versa Note can be had in the midrange SL trim with more power and comfort for $17,540, and the Toyota Yaris LE, again similarly equipped, can be had for $18,170. Both are slightly less fuel efficient than the Mirage, offering shorter warranties, but I’d argue the gains in performance and comfort are worth the minimal extra cost.

That’s not to say the Mirage isn’t a good car – but like I said, it’s a good car for the right person. If one can forego the smartphone integration, rear-view camera, and cruise control, a five-speed equipped Mirage ES can be had for $13,830 after destination charges — or less with frequent incentives. For someone needing a reliable, efficient commuter on a budget, with the assurance of a 10-year powertrain warranty, the base Mirage is hard to beat, yet I can’t fathom dropping seventeen large on this GT trim. There are better options across the automotive spectrum for that kind of money.

Still, it’s also worth recalling that inexpensive, reliable cars are what sealed the fortunes of Japanese automakers here in the U.S. Cheap and cheerful is a heritage to which Mitsubishi can subscribe. And while that heritage is being misappropriated by YET ANOTHER CUV, the Mirage can rightfully claim a place as another good car from a storied marque.

[Images © 2017 Chris Tonn]

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

Recommended

78 Comments on “2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT Review – Frugal Meets Frivolous...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    So the GT doesn’t come with any extra power? That stinks.

    I’m amazed the base model wears 14 in rims. I didn’t think any new cars sold in the USA had tires that small.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      My father would be happy, if only because the worn-out 14″ tires would fit some of his antique flarebox and barge wagons.

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      I expected the same power, I just would be expecting a 6 or at least 5 speed manual to go with a GT trim on any car. No option but a CVT? Mitsubishi is laughing at us.

      I know later in its life, you could get an automatic Escort GT, but how many ended up that way?

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        @John, probably more than you think.

        A few weeks ago I was traveling for business and dropped into a restaurant. The place was already busy and I ended up parked out where the employee cars generally are. I noticed a white Scion FR-S with tinted windows, a giant pair of lips as a sticker in the back window and another sticker that said “You Just Got Passed By A Girl.” To my delight it was a stick shift.

        I never did figure out which one of the waitresses it belonged to but it is good to know that in the college crowd there are still some who prefer to do their own shifting.

      • 0 avatar
        Cobrajet25

        Completely agree. I am not saying Mitsubishi should build a bunch of manual GTs only to have them sit on the lots and be blown out at a steep discount at the end of the year, but I should at least be able to ORDER one with a manual. Hell, they already have the transmission!

        The car is quite a different beast with the stick.

        Seems that Mitsubishi believes the only people who want a stick anymore are those too poor to afford the CVT. Regrettably, they may be right.

    • 0 avatar
      Oberkanone

      14″ are size appropriate for Mirage. It’s a small vehicle.

      More rubber less rim delivers a better ride, decreased chance of damaged wheels or tires due to pot holes, lower cost of ownership.

  • avatar
    kkop

    ” I had plenty of room front and rear, with legroom to spare in the rear seat after adjusting the front seat to my liking.”

    Interesting, but not very helpful since we don’t know how tall you are and what your inseam is.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    For cars where everybody knows they are going to ALWAYS be sold with cash on the hood, why not drop the MSRP to something nearer to reality? It’d make it look cheaper than the competition, and cheaper’s definitely something Mitsubishi needs, since they don’t really have anything else to offer that’s compelling vs. the other choices. Mitsubishi’s precarious position in the US market isn’t exactly a big secret…

    On that note, how on earth does a Mitsubishi dealership manage to recruit sales staff, or is that some sort of hazing ritual / punishment for new guys signing on with a large chain? “Make three sales in a week at our forlorn Mitsubishi outlet or your dreams of selling Toyotas by the bucketful are at an end.” And how on earth do they EVER unload any i-MiEV’s? (Though it will not surprise you to learn there is a website for enthusiasts of the model… it’s a big world out there, I guess.)

    • 0 avatar

      Locally, I’ve seen a number of high-quality, established salesmen and managers moving /to/ Mitsubishi stores. Maybe they know something we don’t.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      I wonder if the 200 would have lived had Chrysler not priced it like a Camry, and then played the cash-back game to the tune of thousands of dollars. At $35K for a V6 200, people just turn away. At $25K, they might pay attention and show up at the dealership.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        More likely, they couldn’t sell a new 2016 $35,000 200 at $35,000 or $25,000 when 200 feet away in the used car department, there was a gaggle of 200s fresh from Hertz for $15,995. Heck, a dealer in my area still has brand-new 2015s on the lot.

        Chrysler destroyed this car’s brand the moment they decided to sell an ungodly percentage of them to fleets.

      • 0 avatar
        30-mile fetch

        I was curious about the AWD 200 a few years ago and wanted to give ‘er a try. The salesman at my local dealership wouldn’t let me because I wasn’t serious enough to sit down and do the numbers game. Treated it like a high-demand limited allocation sports car rather than a Camry competitor.

        If I were more vindictive I would have emailed that salesman the day the 200’s demise was announced and gleefully ask him why the nearly continuous advertised $8000 discounts still weren’t enough to move that metal.

    • 0 avatar
      cgjeep

      sirwired, Having cash on the hood helps credit challenged people purchase cars. Most programs require a percentage down for the purchase. SO a 20k car with a 2k rebate would be 10% down without the buyer having to pay out of pocket. Most people buying a car like this don’t have lots of cash. So it helps Mitsubishi sell cars. The cash on hood can also help people get out from under an upside down trade in.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I used to work as a web developer at a Mitsubishi dealership. It was a former Cadillac dealership that seemed to be purchased because of the giant holding lots on either side of it, and the big garage, which allowed that dealership to store / recondition the used cars for the entire dealer group.

      The dealership itself dealt mostly in pre-owned cars; the new Mitsubishis rotted where they sat. And turnover was high on the sales side.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    When viewed in the grand scheme, we as a species should be so lucky as to have such a contraption haul us to our destinations with such speed and so little physical effort, seated upon padded surfaces with music and electric windows at our disposal, spared from exposure to the rain and the snow and the wind. The settlers of my state crossed the plains on wagons and pulling handcarts and leaving their dead behind them. What would they think of this wonderful new world?

    But we have to judge this miracle machine against its competitive set and for $17,500 I don’t care what the long-suffering overland migrants of 150 years ago would say. No f*cking way is this appealing at $17500 or even decontented to $13500. Not when Sonics and Fiestas can be had for $14-15.5K before discount.

    You begin to realize there is a fixed basement cost required to offer a new automobile for sale in this market, and this one has just about hit it. At least that basement isn’t something like the Reliant Robin.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    The sound this car makes when the pedal is floored from a dead stop is truly awful. And it doesn’t have much to do with forward acceleration, either.

    That being said, my friend really likes his Mirage. He lives in the inner city part of Baltimore, where parking is at a premium, and anything nice doesn’t stay that way for long. He bought it with gas mileage as a number one concern, and reports that it regularly beats 50mpg with the CVT on his daily commute out of the city.

    He was over a few weeks ago, and we drove the thing into DC. Weaving through narrow alleys and parking it were easy, and we didn’t have to worry about leaving a nice car somewhere. The seats were comfortable enough for a 6-footer. For those who miss the ability to fit aftermarket radios in a car, he installed an aftermarket touchscreen in his car.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Yeah, Scion and VW were among the last to cross over from the double-DIN radio world. The RCD-510 factory radio in my 2014 Jetta SportWagen was a double-DIN unit. For 2015, VW had its first non-double-DIN radio in a modern car, in the Golf…and for 2016, all of the Volkswagen models save for the Touareg got the MIB II radio, which is, like most newer systems, a face-plate with an integrated “silverbox” somewhere in the dashboard.

      That said, you can still fit aftermarket head units to modern cars; it’s just a lot more involved and those units tend to be of dubious quality.

    • 0 avatar
      Cobrajet25

      The sound most CVT-equipped cars make from a dead stop is awful.

      I drove a ’15 Corolla S with a CVT, and it sounded like a vacuum cleaner when taking off from a light as well.

  • avatar
    bluegoose

    This car should be $9999 for the Manual and $10999 for the CVT. I guess if you can’t get a loan anywhere else, you have very little cash to put down, and you have to have a new car this is your ride.

    There are better used cars out there for 16-18K.

    • 0 avatar
      Cobrajet25

      With the constant rebates on them, base model Mirages ARE about this much.

      There is a dealership near me advertising brand spankin’ new manual base cars for $10,900 and CVT base cars for $11,900.

      • 0 avatar
        Paragon

        I think we all are aware that the average transaction price for a new vehicle has been at around $34K for several years. So, when you can get a brand-new car with a warranty for one third of the average transaction price, what’s there not to like? Get one with a manual and you’ll get gas mileage even better than a hybrid. If your car is mostly used as a commuter car and rarely carries passengers, you should do just fine. Of course, I do get that based on it’s size and how people drive, it could make you a little leery. But if you don’t want or need a big car, you could probably make it work.

        May have mentioned this before but considering these Mirages are often sold in those Easter egg colors that kinda stand out from the crowd, I generally notice these little cars. Every time I’m in Indianapolis, I see at least a couple of them. Likewise, I often see one or more in Columbus or central Ohio. Seems like people have not entirely forgotten about Mitsubishi, as I regularly see new or late-model Mitsubishi SUVs on the road in both Columbus and Indy. Every day.

  • avatar
    FormerFF

    @Chris, You wouldn’t buy it for yourself, but when one of your children gets his or her license, would you buy one for their use?

    • 0 avatar
      Chris Tonn

      I have five years to answer that question..but I’m not certain that I would. Speaking as someone who has never owned a brand new car – I’d likely be looking at an off-lease Civic, Corolla, or Mazda 3.

      • 0 avatar
        Cobrajet25

        These things are $10,900 in base trim at every Mitsu dealership all day long.

        I’d say $170 a month for a car you know will get them there safely, know they won’t race, and know you won’t have to fix is a pretty good deal for any dad.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I’d rather my future progeny got something pre-owned and considerably more substantial for the same money…like something in the compact class (Cruze, Focus, Golf, Jetta, Elantra, Corolla, etc.) Those cars depreciate like rocks, such that well-equipped one or two-year-old examples with reasonable miles can be had for *less* than this thing stickers at. About the only compact that doesn’t depreciate so steeply is the Civic, probably because Honda does not flood rental fleets with its cars, so there are fewer used examples to go around.

      • 0 avatar
        tmport

        Less than the sticker price? Sure. Less than the real-world sale price? I challenge you to find a 1- or 2-year old mainstream compact car with reasonable miles for less than what a Mirage GT actually sells for. According to Truecar, that’s about $14,000. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but it’s not easy. Used car prices are overinflated. And if you really want to do it right, find one that has the same features as the Mirage (power everything, alloy wheels, touchscreen, heated seats, etc.)

        • 0 avatar
          Cobrajet25

          Very true. With rebates…which are CONSTANT on these cars…the GT is about $15,000. For that, you get every option you need and many which were considered luxuries just a few years ago.

          Base cars are $11,000.

          Try to find a CPO 2015-2016 Corolla for that money.

          If you do it will have 50k on the clock, and won’t have a 10-year warranty. The Mirage sells pretty well for a reason.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    So instead of a piece of crap, a sporty piece of crap.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Best bet in the hairshirt class is the Spark (assuming you can stomach the styling, of course).

    I will say I’m somewhat surprised by how well this car did in crash testing, though. I’d consider it for a teenage driver – it’s cheap, it won’t go fast, and it has plenty of safety equipment. Not a bad choice.

    But seventeen grand? That’s comedic, even with all the equipment.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      Chevy at least toned down the looks on the Spark. The headlights no longer go all the way back to the A-pillar.

      Why they decided to make the refreshed Sonic look more like the old Aveo though, that’s anybody’s guess.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      I kinda like the styling of the new Spark. I don’t like the HVAC shelf banging into my kneecap.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      Don’t think I could put my kids behind the wheel of this. The front impact tests are mass dependent and at 2100 lbs everything on the road is far heavier. Even a Corolla has nearly 50% more mass and would probably crumple this Mirage in a real world 35mph wreck.

    • 0 avatar
      Cobrajet25

      Nobody pays $17,000. With rebates they are about $15,000.

      And nobody really buys the GT anyway, just like nobody buys $18,000 Versa SLs or $22,000 Fit EX-Ls. You see the cheap ones EVERYWHERE.

      Mitsubishi could help themselves by just pricing the cars right in the first place, but as has been mentioned at lot of people shopping this end of the market use the rebate as a down payment.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Does the automatic temperature control(!) really have an amber-backlit LCD? What, is it 1992 again?

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      The old Corolla, which was fairly dated when it deuted, had an amber-backlit radio as recently as 2013. And I’m just surprised the Mirage has automatic climate controls at all.

      https://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/gallery/TOYOTACorolla-4285_24.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      legacygt

      That LCD is positively modern compared to the one in the gauge cluster which looks like it came from 1985.

  • avatar
    PRNDLOL

    Despite the styling update the Mirage still has a face only an IIHS crash barrier could love.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    This is the modern replacement for people who loved the Geo Metro in the early ’90s.

  • avatar
    slap

    Often a good used car is better than a bad new car.

  • avatar
    npaladin2000

    “the competition has simply done a better job than Mitsubishi.”

    That’s Mitsu’s entire eulogy, right there.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Hard currency earner for a Thai military junta that overthrew an elected woman. No grocery-go-getter points there.

    For the money there are many better choices new & used.

    Rearview camera appendage – Nissan does a similar thing with Micra.

  • avatar
    ajla

    The 140 mph speedo is a nice touch.

  • avatar
    John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

    For $13k, a manual ES is an option considering its a new car with new car financing.

    At $17k for a GT with a required CVT, its laughable.

    Some college girls are gonna love it because its cute and they would buy the automatic anyway if it was optional. The rest of the North American market…well, I don’t expect the Mirage GT to sell in any decent numbers.

    Base and ES make sense because Economy car. Unless you’re 19 and working your way through school and are given this as a gift from your parents, this GT trim doesn’t. Even then, I’d ask mom and dad for a used Fusion or an even older Accord for the same money.

  • avatar

    “As Tested (GT): $17,330”

    Checking at Cars.com, there is more than a page of brand new 2016 Honda Fits, some of them mid level EX models, for less than $17,000.

    You won’t get heated seats or a 10 year powertrain warranty but you will get a much more sophisticated car, one segment higher and larger than the Mirage, with about 60% more horsepower.

    There is a woman with a Mirage GT that shops at the same grocery store where I shop and we’ve parked side by side more than once. The Mirage isn’t a terrible car but next to the Fit there’s really no comparison.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I’d take a Toyota Yaris iA over a Fit – the Fit was too loud for me. Loved the space utilization, though.

      Did you ever replace yours?

      • 0 avatar

        Yes, with another new ’15 Fit that cost even less than the first, though I did have to fly to Dallas to pick it up from a dealer in a small town in Oklahoma.

        The Fit could be quieter, particularly because 6th gear is fairly low and the engine is pushing 4,000 RPM at 80 MPH.

        In general I’m pretty happy with it. The space utilization is indeed very good, it’s a 5/8ths scale Odyssey. It’s got enough power to be fun to drive in traffic and I’m happy with ~35 mpg overall. It handles well enough to put a grin on my face. The audio system may not be quite as good as some of the better high-end branded stuff in luxury cars, but it’s still very good.

  • avatar
    mshenzi

    Somehow, 1970s Genesis seems like just the right thing to be playing while driving this– the look and description of it remind me of the cheap econobox that I used to drive in those days. It was a pretty crummy thing with lots of bits screwed on, yet likable both in spite of and because of its limitations.

  • avatar
    quaquaqua

    I’m not gonna rag on the article or the writer (directly), but I’m really getting sick of every article on the internet now being basically of the format, “Hey, ya know how there’s this well known fact? Well, maybe the reverse is true!!”

    The Mirage isn’t a terrible car in comparison to, well, a Tata Nano. But it’s still a terrible car compared to its US competition. It’s no cheaper than a Versa Note, and it SHOULD be. It looks like a Ford Aspire. Despite being tiny, it handles worse than an Impala. Terrible cars can still be useful, sure. But “I can park it easily” is not a reason to try and pass off this car as anything but the worst car in its class. Look at what you get in a Yaris iA in comparison! Eager engine, forward collision warning, backup camera, all standard.

  • avatar
    ranny

    I own a 2015 Mirage ES 5 speed. Would not have considered it without the huge cash back incentive. For 2015, ES was ‘top of the line’ and I only paid 10.5K March 2016 (they skipped 2016 model year). For that kind of money, it was worth it. Haven’t had any serious mechanical issues and it’s been super cheap to own. Would I buy another? Maybe not. It’s a little too flimsy feeling and under powered. 4K more would buy a nice Toyota iA and 6K or so, an iM.

  • avatar
    Cobrajet25

    A practical and dispassionate review of a practical and dispassionate car. Finally! Well done.

    High-option economy cars seldom make much financial sense. For the same money you can step up to an entirely better class of car. This is true not only with the Mirage but also with the Rio, Fit, Versa, etc.

    At $17,000 it is hard to make a case for the Mirage. But, as this reviewer suggests, at a base $12,000 it is hard to make a case AGAINST it. And it is the base car that sells, just like with every other econobox.

    I have a ’15 Mirage, and it now has around 60,000 miles on it. It has averaged about 48 mpg and has only needed oil changes, a few bulbs, a set of front brake pads, and a set of tires. Does it have it’s limitations? Sure it does…I wasn’t expecting a Maserati for my $14,000. But it was only about 1/3 the cost of the AVERAGE new car.

    I don’t regret buying it for a second.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Tiny wheel wells; I’d sure rather have 13″ wheels and more fat.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I would not have any problem with having the stripped version of this vehicle for a commuter vehicle except there are no Mitsubishi dealers near me. Many of used compact cars that would compete with this in price would have many more miles and most likely would be out of warranty. It is not just the purchase price you should consider when buying any vehicle but the cost of repairs which can add a couple of grand then eliminating any cost savings from buying a used vehicle. Unless you know the history of a used vehicle you don’t know how it was taken care of. I would probably get a Chevy Sonic or Spark before I would buy this but my experience has been for a little more I can buy new with a warranty and not have the headaches and cost of repairs especially since I tend to keep my vehicles for many years. I have done the used thing on vehicles, lawn equipment, and appliances and have learned that you don’t always save buying used in the long run. I have had a few used vehicles that have been just as good as new but for the most part I will buy new especially if it is withing a couple of thousand dollars–just not worth my time and money.

  • avatar

    I bought one of these for nothing at the sale and sold it two weeks later. After driving it, I can say without a doubt this car is poentially dangerous on the open road if you aren’t concious of how much power you DON’T have.

  • avatar

    The mirage beats the awful GM competition, and that is about it.

    GM stinks.

  • avatar
    shepd

    I wish reviewers would consider reviewing the Canadian version of the Mirage. It’s a couple of bucks below $10,000 ($7,500 US) and has absolutely zero options. But, for that price, this is an absolutely amazing car.

    I managed to buy one of the last brand new 2015 models this year for the discounted price of $8995 ($6700 US) with zero PDI charge, just Canadian taxes. And 3 years of free oil changes, too.

    Yes, it has no features. Sure, it leaves several things to be desired. But, frankly, it’s comfortable for a big guy, starts every time I turn the key, the few features it came with all work, and I drive it 200 km round trip daily with no problems to report. Those 200 kms are all on the 401, the busiest highway in the world. And it has enough power for that. If you can’t figure out how to drive it elsewhere, you need to figure out how to drive. Managed to get 4.3l / 100km the other day. That’s 55 mpg on the highway. Prius owners look despondent when I tell them that figure.

    What would TTAC have to say about that car? There’s some TTAC reviewers that hate the Mirage at any price. But I think they’re not being honest. I think at $6k they would change their mind and drive it.

    Mitsubishi needs to re-think the market for this car. They have a vehicle that can be sold, for a profit, at a price nobody else is going to beat. Just do that in the US and you’ve got a winner.

  • avatar
    djkenny

    These are $10,150 in base trim at a dealership a few hrs from our place.

    I drove one at a more local dealer (unwilling to go below $10,800 base, $12,500 SE before title & license… but that’s still over $3000 below MSRP)

    It felt well built, I liked the styling, the SE was particularly nicely equipped (one in the middle below the GT) and with a 5 speed perfectly adequate.

    The major stand outs? Turning radius, I love cars you can turn in tight spots. The seats were surprisingly comfortable for me (I am looking to add the heated seats to an SE 5 speed,dealer says that’ll cost about $200 a seat), and what “Sold” me on it?

    I got 51.9 MPG spending 20 minutes on the freeway under 60 mph.

    For $10,150 base? Damn thing is a STEAL.

    I am waiting for bigger discounts on a mid level one. Can’t buy a car without cruise control.

    So when an 11 grand SE is available end of year.. cash will be in Hand.


Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • TwoBelugas: Oddly enough, 10 years ago the diesel 3/4 tons would actually have gotten better MPG before the extremely...
  • Lou_BC: An acquaintance was telling me that all of his staff have F150’s. The boss, just to prove that he was...
  • Scoutdude: There are lots of people who use their 3/4 and 1 ton pickups as commuters, if not exclusively the vast...
  • Lou_BC: Fleets are starting to pay attention to fuel economy. The company my brother works for has been looking at...
  • Lou_BC: The Titan XD is an odd duck. When it gets compared to 3/4 ton diesel pickups, it gets slaughtered. I doubt it...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributors

  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States
  • Mark Baruth, United States
  • Moderators

  • Adam Tonge, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States