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 comes as a tiny hatchback or sedan, built in Thailand and powered by a small three-cylinder engine. To make it somewhat palatable, 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 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.