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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

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2017 ES 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $12,995
2017 Mirage G4 ES 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $13,995
2017 SE 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $14,795
2017 GT 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $16,495
2017 Mirage G4 SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $16,995

Overview

The value leader of the Mitsubishi line, the Mirage thrives on its low price and economical operation. You also get a surprising amount of cargo space and plenty of standard features for this class.

What's New for 2017

After sitting out the 2016 model year, the Mirage returns with upgraded interior trim and a new grille, hood, and bumper treatment. The braking and suspension systems have been revised for more confident performance.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Choosing Your Mitsubishi Mirage

Like most subcompacts, the Mirage is four-door hatchback with room for four passengers, or five in a pinch. A sedan model, dubbed G4, is expected later in the year. With the rear seat folded, the Mirage offers 48 cubic feet of cargo space, which is certainly above average for this class.

The 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine makes 78 horsepower, a few more than before. A five speed-manual transmission comes standard, and you can opt for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Efficiency is outstanding with the CVT: 37 mpg around town, 43 mpg on the highway, and 39 mpg in combined driving. You won't do any better than that without springing for a hybrid. Mileage ratings are about 3 mpg lower with the manual.

The Mirage is now available in three trim levels:

Mitsubishi Mirage

ES

Comes decently equipped with automatic climate control, a four-speaker sound system, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The ES rolls on 14-inch steel wheels.

Mitsubishi Mirage

SE

Adds a bunch of popular features, including an audio display with smartphone integration, Bluetooth phone, a rearview camera, cruise control, foglamps, alloy wheels, and keyless ignition.

Mitsubishi Mirage

GT

Gets the CVT as standard, plus heated front seats, bi-xenon headlamps, and unique 15-inch wheels.

There are no factory option packages for the MIrage, but you can select from a number of dealer-installed accessories, including a premium Rockford-Fosgate sound system and front and rear parking sensors.

CarsDirect Tip

You get the most car for your money by going straight to the GT, where the CVT (which we recommend) is standard, along with everything else most buyers want in a commuter.

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage doesn't have much in the way of features or power, but it can offer good value for the dollar with its low starting price and first-rate fuel economy figures, provided you avoid the pricier trims.

Pricing and Equipment

After skipping the 2016 model year, the Mirage is back with new styling and updated features. It's also offered in a second body style. In addition to the hatchback, a new four-door sedan variant known as the Mirage G4 is available (listed separately).

Pricing for the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage starts at $13,830 in the base ES trim (including an $835 destination and handling fee), making it one of the lowest-priced new cars on the market. The ES features:

  • Air conditioning
  • Keyless entry
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat back
  • Full power accessories
  • A four-speaker, 140-watt sound system

Next up in the lineup is the SE grade, which starts at $15,630. These mid-level models feature a new infotainment display with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless ignition, and a rearview camera system.

Last but not least is the Mirage GT. Starting at $17,330, GT models build on the SE and adds heated front seats, bi-xenon HID headlamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, and various trim upgrades.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is offered with just one engine. The 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine makes 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque, making the Mirage one of the least powerful cars sold in the U.S.

Owners can choose from either a five-speed manual transmission, or, for $1,200 more, an available continuously variable transmission. GT models are available exclusively with the CVT, and expect the majority of Mirages sold to use it too.

Performance Pros

Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Road manners in and around town are fine if you keep the Mirage around 30 mph.
  • The Mirage's CVT doesn't exhibit most of the usual CVT criticisms.

Performance Cons

  • Acceleration is sluggish, especially when getting up to highway speeds, because the Mirage simply doesn't have very much power.
  • The handling is dreadful. The Mirage rolls and wobbles and generally feels ungainly at anything above neighborhood speeds.
  • Accelerating brings a loud howl of engine noise that remains at full blast until you let off.

Interior Pros

  • The Mirage has enough room for four adults.
  • Control knobs for audio and climate control are large and easy to operate.
  • Front seats are reasonably comfortable and spacious.

Interior Cons

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  • The Mirage's hard plastic materials and surfaces, as well as the lack of standard and available features, scream "basic transport."
  • It's hard to believe that there's no bin or armrest to support the driver's right elbow.
  • Noise, vibration, and harshness are appalling. The engine's vibrations easily infiltrate the rattly cabin and even small road imperfections are heard and felt from the behind the wheel.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage has the highest fuel-economy ratings of any vehicle sold in the US that isn't a hybrid. With the manual gearbox, the hatchback achieves an EPA-estimated 33 city/41 highway/36 combined mpg. Upgrade to the CVT and those numbers climb to 37/43/39 mpg. While figures decline slightly with G4 sedan variants, those numbers are still impressive.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The Mirage's handling and driving dynamics at speed are borderline unacceptable. With its poor body control and the way it wanders, the Mirage requires constant driver attention and correction at speeds greater than 40 mph. Driving is especially unpleasant on the highways, where acceleration is painstakingly slow, which makes merging and passing more difficult, and far too noisy.

The Bottom Line

You get what you pay for with the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage. The very basic Mirage offers a low starting price and remarkable fuel economy, but that comes at the expense of engine power, bells and whistles, and driving dynamics. Ultimately, the drawbacks result in the Mirage coming up short against similarly-priced competitors.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 78 HP / 74 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
33 / 41 / 37 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 78 HP / 74 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
33 / 41 / 37 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
9.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$35
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
47.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
86 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
149.4 "
Exterior Width
65.6 "
Exterior Height
59.4 "
Front Headroom
39.1 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
41.7 "
Rear Legroom
34.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
51.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
51.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,018 Lbs. / 2,073 Lbs.
Wheel Base
97 "
Turning Radius
15.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
14.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4 / 4 Rockford Fosgate
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Driver
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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