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Its rock-bottom sticker price and thrifty fuel economy of 37 mpg overall conjure an inviting image of an economical runabout. But that mirage quickly dissipates when you drive this tiny, tinny car. Minor updates for 2017 bring a sedan body style, a hint more power, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with supposedly upgraded brakes. Yet those enhancements don't mask the weak, vibrating three-cylinder engine that delivers sluggish acceleration and a raspy chorus of lament or the car's clumsy handling. Though it's relatively roomy, the depressing cabin feels drab, cheap, and insubstantial. In the end, there is no compelling reason to buy a Mirage and, for the money, there are many much better used cars for the same price.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage recalls.

Road Test

The Mitsubishi Mirage lives up to its name. While its low $16,000 sticker price and good fuel economy of 37 mpg overall may conjure up an inviting image of a good, economical runabout, that illusion quickly dissipates into the haze when you drive thi...

Highs

  • Mitsubishi dealers typically provide financing for those with credit problems
  • Excellent fuel economy

Lows

  • The $16,000 you'll pay for a Mirage ES could buy a good used car or a decent new one
  • It's perhaps the worst-handling new car on sale

Best Version to Get

If you're set on buying a Mirage, keep it cheap. The base DE model has power locks and windows and a USB port; Bluetooth is available as an accessory. With the automatic transmission, a DE stickers for $14,790. The only feature you may miss is cruise control, which is unavailable on the DE.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/-1 miles
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.2-liter 3 (78 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience