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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, minor updates, including a 2021 freshening, have brought a sedan body style, a hint more power, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with upgraded brakes. Yet those enhancements don't mask the weak, vibrating three-cylinder engine that delivers sluggish acceleration 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 same price, many much better used cars are available. AEB with pedestrian detection and FCW are standard.
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2014-2021
2014 Redesign Year
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 decent-enough ride, terrific 37-mpg fuel economy, and an accommodating rear seat.
The up-level ES also brings a fancy radio, push-button start, auto climate system and Bluetooth. However, the weak, vibrating, and incredibly noisy three-cylinder engine provides sluggish acceleration, handling is clumsy, and the cabin is depressingly low-rent. Further lowering its standing is its poor score in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
$17,175 - $19,075
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$14,575 - $17,125
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$12,875 - $15,325
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$10,200 - $13,275
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$9,300 - $11,025
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$7,125 - $7,700
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$6,075 - $6,375
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1987-2002
The Mirage began as a small car with a jumpy, uncomfortable ride. The 1997 redesign brought vast improvements, including a relatively comfortable and quiet ride.
The LS model's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine delivered better acceleration than the base model's 1.5-liter. The four-door Lancer replaced the Mirage in 2002.
$2,850
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$2,850
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$2,850
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