By on November 19, 2015

2017 Mirage GT

Seriously, they did! Look at it! Instead of being some anonymous South Asian egg, the Mitsubishi Mirage now looks like an anonymous European egg.

Okay, okay. It isn’t going to set your heart alight with desire, but Mitsubishi has done a stellar job upgrading the Mirage with the few resources it has at its disposal. This little subcompact hatchback will be the first Mitsubishi ever to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its 1.2-liter MIVEC three-cylinder engine gets an ever-so slight bump to 78 horsepower (+4 over the current Mirage). The Japanese automaker even gave the exterior and interior a fairly thorough re-work considering this is a mid-cycle refresh. And considering this is Mitsubishi we’re talking about here.

Those of you who were totally sold on the Rockford Fosgate special edition, fear not! You can still get that in the new Mirage, too, though minus the badging that tells thieves which car to hit in the Kroger parking lot.

2017 Mirage GT

The big news, even though the new 2017 Mirage now sports a design worthy of being on a dealer lot in the 21st century, is the new infotainment system available as standard in SE and GT models.

2017 Mirage GT

As before, the Mirage will be available with a five-speed manual transmission as standard throughout the trim range, while a continuously variable transmission is available for those people who want all the miles per gallon. Mitsubishi said the new Mirage will achieve better fuel economy than its predecessors thanks to a newly improved 0.27 Cd, but didn’t release actual numbers. Don’t be surprised if the improvement is a mere 1 mpg on the combined cycle.

2017 Mirage GT

The new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will arrive at dealers sometime in 2016, we guess, since Mitsubishi didn’t actually tell us in the press pack.

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59 Comments on “LA 2015: Mitsubishi Actually Fixed The 2017 Mirage, You Guys...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Mitsubishi Actually Fixed The 2017 Mirage”

    Oh good, it’s cancelled. Get a Versa Note or something used.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Early spring, since they skipped the ’16 MY. Sedan version is supposed to debut in New York. No 4B11 for the Mirage, apparently :(

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Oh no, a sedan? Geeze. The only subcompact sedan that Id like to see wont be coming here (its a Honda, and it strongly reminds me of the 88-91 Civic sedan, which is a very good thing).

      Mitsu Mirage Sedan: Soon to be the darling of rental lots across the land.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

    I was waiting for this article yesterday.

    Anyway, the car is much improved looks wise. I cant go so far as to call it pretty or handsome, but at least it isnt quite so ugly. This shouldve been the launch model.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Kroger parking lot.”

    You no have this in Canada!

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    I think Mitsu may be well positioning itself for the long game of offering retired Boomers of modest means decent, basic transportation ’cause we’re all too scared to care about buying frilly last vehicles.

    But the Mirage had better be significantly cheaper than the Asian competition and of course it won’t with the CVT.

  • avatar
    Acd

    Oh yes that’s much better! (Previous sentence dripping with sarcasm)

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Well, if you want to sell an underpowered Penalty Box to millennials, including Apple Auto/Android Play was a smart move. Gives them a real reason to buy a new car instead of the much better late-model used car they should be buying for the same money.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Warranty and the non-wrenching.

      Re: Mirage… that top photo starkly shows what a better world it would be if beltlines stayed the same height from A-pillar on back.

      • 0 avatar
        matador

        You shouldn’t have to wrench on a five year old Civic or Accord anyways.

        The problem is that Millennials do not want to go into debt. Buying a new car doesn’t cross many minds. Being the cheap option may attract some, but most Millenials that I know would rather have the 5 year old Civic.

        If those were my only two options, I would too…

        • 0 avatar
          RideHeight

          I think it’s tiresome disinformation from manufacturers that Millenials or even Ys have anywhere near as much importance to the success of any car as do Boomers and Xers.

          The Element/Xb/Soul template seems unyielding at the lower end of the market.

  • avatar

    Don’t you mean SAVE-A-LOT or FAMILY DOLLAR parking lot? This is a Mitsubishi after all.

  • avatar
    TW5

    Part of me loves the Mirage for offering only what people need and nothing more. 78hp, basic climate control, and a waterproof cabin to keep the weather out.

    However, you’d expect a car with such meager specifications to retail for less than $10,000……but it doesn’t………and the Nissan Versa does……..so………?

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      What price would you expect it to retail at, in a market where the average sale price is around $33k?

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        That it can give nearly all the mechanical safety and convenience features of cars at that average 33K for less than half the money is phenomenal. So are its price cohorts.

        But that 2000 lb. weight means it has to ride like a buckboard on bad roads. Plus it’s not at all lifted.

        I’m cheap, but I ain’t this cheap.

    • 0 avatar
      Sigivald

      Hey, it only weighs 2,000 pounds.

      I didn’t think you could actually BUY a new car that light anymore.

      Plus it has power mirrors and windows!

      It’s pretty competitive in the “tiny $12k car” space, sort of.

      (The internet tells me nobody needs to pay MSRP on that thing, either.)

  • avatar
    kmars2009

    Kroger…AKA: Fry’s in the Southwest. The Mirage looks great…finally. I can only see this as a daily commuter car. Daily living? Not so sure. Especially on a long trip. Otherwise…good job Mitsubishi!

  • avatar
    wmba

    The real test of this car is how it drives. Is it an eyes down apologetic little piece of cr*p that trudges unwillingly through its daily routine? Or is a spritely cheery little box that accomodates your mood?

  • avatar
    Funky

    This is reminiscent, I think, of the mid 1970s through early 1980s Volkswagon Rabbit and Dasher. Except, since this has modern safety features, this won’t kill the occupants in a minor crash (at less than 25 MPH…which was likely in the VWs). And, this is surely much more reliable (if it isn’t it at least comes with a long warranty). It has, I think, more horsepower than the old VWs. And, it is relatively, cheaper than the old VWs after adjusting for inflation. I see quite a few of them on the road (and in parking lots); probably because these are decent, reasonably priced vehicles. I plan to take one for a test drive to see for myself whether there is any fun to be had behind the wheel.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Foley

      The Mirage’s growly little 3-cyl and light curb weight are fun, but too much body roll and terminal understeer to be a good choice for an enthusiast.

      The Mirage isn’t nearly as bad as the “too cool for school” crowd lets on, but if you’re after a simple, fun-to-drive little hatchback for this kind of money, you’re going to want a pre-owned Mazda2.

  • avatar

    That slant fools a shocking amount of people into thinking a car is “sporty”. Unfortunately a lot of people think cars without it look dorky. I don’t agree with them. Give me a “stodgy” 2002 any day!

  • avatar
    Joss

    Better effort than yesterdays Sentra. Heck 4 more hp.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    My problem in comparing the Mirage with the Versa is that the only cheap Versa is a sedan. You want a hatch? The price goes up $2200.

    Never mind that Versa makes you crank your own windows. I could put up with that in a $12k hatch, even though Mitsubishi gives you p/w at that price.

    I wish I could buy a Versa hatch at $12k. I like the versatility of a hatch, and I’m not willing to give that up.

    Also, the Nissan dealers here are such douchnozzles that they put a $2000 ADM sticker on a $12k Versa.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

    I had to come back and say this: what the car really needs is a better name. It wont happen, but it should. Consider the following statements:

    I thought I saw a lake in the desert….but it was just a mirage and I was dissapointed.

    I thought Id get a nice rental car….but it was just a Mirage and I was dissapointed.

    I mean, youd still be dissapointed no matter its name, but Ive never understood why anyone would think mirage is a good name for a car. Ranks up there with Crossfire as an idiotic name for a car.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      Oh my God, it’s a Mirage,
      I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage

      Unfortunately, this lacks the sheer hood expanse to properly slide across it.

    • 0 avatar

      Aspire has to be the worst name for a cheap car.

      “I Aspire to drive something better than this when I rent a car from Avis next week in Florida.”

      • 0 avatar
        Funky

        I very nearly forgot about the “aspire to be a real car” car. I agree, “aspire” has to be one of the worst-ever names for a car (especially a very small car). And, I heard many, many people refer to the Ford Aspire in this manner (especially those who rented one while traveling for business purposes and those who liked to poke fun at the smallness of the car). But, never from anybody who owned one (I only recall a couple people, both retired older men, who owned one, both of whom seemed to appreciate it for what it was…an affordable car).

      • 0 avatar
        shaker

        I always chuckled at the Plymouth “Acclaim”, as in “A Claim on my warranty”, or “A Claim on my insurance”.

  • avatar
    badreligion702

    I would rather drive this than a Smart, so it has that going for it.

    • 0 avatar

      I would rather drive a 2007 Pacifica with 137k miles of towing a 22-ft bay boat on the orginal transmission than a smart because there is at least a clearly reason WHY it shifts that way.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      The only redeeming quality of the Smart Fortwo was that it had 3-lug wheels. When my uncle drove his mobile billboard to our farm to help with harvest in 2012, we would have on our property:
      A car with 3-lug wheels (Smart)
      A car with 4-lug wheels (my sister’s Focus)
      A car with 5-lug wheels (my mother’s Sportage)
      A car with 6-lug wheels (the ’04 F-150)
      A car with 7-lug wheels (the ’98 F-250)
      A car with 8-lug wheels (the ’08 F-350)

  • avatar
    Maymar

    Unfortunately, in the promotional photograph trim like this, it’s, well, it’s still clearly a small cheap car, but they’re trying to sell it as something it can’t ever be. What positive reviews of the Mirage there are seem to focus on its honest lack of pretension, that it’s simple economical transportation. Slapping nicer wheels and chrome on that suggests an attempt at a level of refinement it won’t achieve.

  • avatar

    I like it. I really do. There’s something about a no-nonsense piece of practical transportation that’s really appealing. Especially considering it manages to incorporate current technology in a low cost package.

    When I pay off and hand off the Sonic to my son on his 16th birthday, I may start paying down one of these to drive in the non snowy months and give to my daughter on hers.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    http://www.mitsubishicars.com/mirage/upcoming?cid=crm_em_html_invitation_email_recap_postreveal_engagement_002

    Mitsu has a gem of a designer that fixed this Mirage. Not only is the styling no longer embarrassing, the coefficient of drag is lower.
    Outlander Sport, Mirage, and Lancer now all look respectable and have a cohesive design language.
    Mitsu is offering value, dependability and function.
    Too bad they no longer sell anything that would appeal to an enthusiast.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    quote-
    The 2017 Mirage will be available in three trims: ES, SE and GT. The ES and SE come with a five-speed manual transmission standard, while the GT features the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is optional on the other trims. The GT also comes standard with 15 inch wheels, gloss-black shift panel, bi-xenon HID headlights and a GT badge.-end quote

    That is a lot of kit on the GT. More than any other vehicle in this class.

  • avatar
    daviel

    5 year/60,000 m. ; 10 year/100.000 drivetrain warranty. Barebones+ transportation. good mileage. If the AC blows cold it looks like a bargain.

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