Mitsubishi Mirage

Base MSRP price range:
$12,995 - $15,395
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Ratings Category: Subcompact cars (Automatic transmission)
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Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

Mitsubishi's tiny, Thailand-built subcompact seems like an act of desperation, dressing a primitive Asia-market car with some upscale toys and calling it a day. Good points include a relatively absorbent ride, terrific 37-mpg fuel economy, and a decent rear seat. The uplevel ES also brings a fancy radio, an auto climate system, and Bluetooth. None of that can mask the weak, vibrating, and incredibly noisy three-cylinder engine that delivers sluggish acceleration. Handling is so clumsy that it's disconcerting, with pronounced body lean. The cabin is depressingly low-rent. Further lowering its standing is its Poor score in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

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