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 this tiny, regrettable car. The Mirage is a little hatchback that's built in Thailand and powered by a small three-cylinder engine.
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Mitsubishi Mirage 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 this tiny, regrettable car.

The Mirage is a little hatchback that's built in Thailand and powered by a small three-cylinder engine. To make it saleable, Mitsubishi primed the pump with a rather impressive list of standard features. But the car is way too slow and noisy, even for a cheap subcompact, to effectively compete in this competitive class.

Our high-trim ES might look OK on paper, with its keyless push-button ignition, cruise control, automatic climate system, 140-watt audio system, and Bluetooth capability. It also has a compliant ride and a surprisingly accommodating rear seat.

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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. Pay...
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