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Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Mirage
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Base MSRP price range:
$12,995 - $15,195
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Car Type: Subcompact cars (Automatic transmission)
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Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

People looking for a cheap, basic car with a decent list of standard features would do well to pass up the redesigned Mirage. It's a dreadful little hatchback built in Thailand with a tiny, weak, three-cylinder engine. Alluring features on the up-level ES include push-button start, cruise control, automatic climate system, 140-watt audio system, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system among other niceties. The ride is decent, the rear seats are accommodating, and fuel economy (37 mpg overall) is outstanding, but the good news ends there. Acceleration is very sluggish, and coarse engine noise and vibrations fill the tiny, drab cabin. Handling is so clumsy it's almost scary, and the Mirage performed poorly in one of the key IIHS crash tests.

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