Its rock-bottom sticker price and thrifty fuel economy of 37 mpg overall conjure an image of a practical and economical runabout.
But that mirage quickly dissipates when driving this tiny, tinny car.
Since its introduction in 2014, minor updates brought a sedan body style, a hint more power, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, 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.
New features for 2021 include standard forward collision warning and city speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
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 same price, there are many much better used cars available.