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2023 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Mirage
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Expert Rating
1.9 (Poor)

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2023 ES 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $16,245
2023 LE 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $16,845
2023 G4 ES 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $17,245
2023 Black Edition 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $17,445
2023 G4 LE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $17,845
2023 Ralliart 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $18,145
2023 SE 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $18,145
2023 G4 Black Edition 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,445
2023 G4 SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,945

Overview

What's New

The 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage drops its manual transmission in favor of a standard automatic and a higher base MSRP. The current Mirage debuted in 2014 and received its last refresh in 2021.

Choosing Your Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mirage hatchback comes in four trim levels: ES, LE, BE, and SE. Pricing starts at $17,290 and goes to $19,190 for the SE. The sedan version, known as the Mirage G4, is offered in the same trims, priced from $18,290 to $19,990.

Engine Choices

The Mirage carries a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 76 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. The newly standard continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) delivers power to the front wheels.

The payoff for low power is exemplary efficiency for a gas-powered vehicle. The Mirage hatchback is EPA-rated at 36 miles per gallon city, 43 mpg highway, and 39 combined. The G4 sedan is slightly less efficient, delivering 37 mpg combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Mirage is a subcompact capable of seating five, although the rear seat is a tight fit for adults. The sedan's trunk holds 12.4 cubic feet, which isn't bad for a vehicle this size. The hatchback can handle 17.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat and an impressive 47 cubic feet with it folded.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Safety Features

Every Mirage carries automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, but that's the only standard driver assistance item. The SE also provides lane departure warnings and automatic high beams. Front and rear parking sensors are available for $635 on all trims as a dealer-installed accessory. Popular features like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control aren't offered on the Mirage.

Connectivity

All Mirage trims come with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, four speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a front USB port. This minimalist system is the only one available from the factory.

Mitsubishi Mirage

2023 Mitsubishi Mirage ES — MSRP From $17,290

The ES offers automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The exterior gets body-color trim, chrome grille accents, LED taillights, and 14-inch steel wheels with full covers.

2023 Mitsubishi Mirage LE — MSRP From $17,890

The LE picks up fog lights, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and 14-inch alloy wheels (15-inch for the sedan).

2023 Mitsubishi Mirage BE — MSRP From $18,490

The Mirage BE (Black Edition) gets black body trim, red grille accents, and black 15-inch alloy wheels. The interior gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and two-tone gray and red seats. Functional upgrades include automatic wipers and headlights.

2023 Mitsubishi Mirage SE — MSRP From $19,190

Along with its extra safety features, the SE adds heated front seats, LED headlights and running lights, push-button start, and proximity access.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage is cheap and efficient no matter how it's equipped. We prefer the hatchback for its lower price and surprising versatility. The base ES carries enough equipment to satisfy most shoppers in this class.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Hatchback practicality
  • Under $20k
Cons
  • Dismal powertrain
  • Cheap interior
  • Okay-ish safety
  • Dated
Expert Rating
1.9 (Poor)

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

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No More Manual. The most notable change for the Mirage going into the 2023 model year is the omission of its manual transmission option. Although three-pedal enthusiasts probably won’t be mourning Mitsubishi’s uninspiring five-speed with its slushy flexible linkage cables, this change does present another issue. Buyers are now stuck with the anemic CVT, which is not only even drearier to drive, but also trickier to maintain. Perhaps more importantly, dropping the stick shift option ups the starting price by almost $2,000.

Dated Interior. The 2023 Mirage’s interior feels cheap and dated, because frankly, it is. Mitsubishi has been peddling the current generation of the Mirage since 2012, and its interior was far from a showstopper back then. To be fair, the interior has not gone unchanged during the Mirage’s production run, with modern touches such as the addition of a touchscreen (which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard), but it is still not a place you’ll want to spend a lot of time.

In addition to the paltry materials, the Mirage’s cabin feels cramped, especially in the rear. Mitsubishi cut corners in the interior. That’s to be expected as this is an economy car, but the cost of those frugal measures is an interior nearly devoid of comfort. Road and wind noise perforate the cabin more than in most modern cars, and the seats and suspension do not offer the kind of support you’d want for a long road trip.

Slightly Less Dated Exterior. As previously mentioned, the Mirage has gone without a redesign for over a decade now. However, Mitsubishi has given it two substantial exterior facelifts in an attempt to at least give the allusion of modernity. The Mirage has sported its current look since 2019, and although improved over the previous iteration, its exterior styling does not cover up the fact this is a cheap and outdated design.

Unfortunate Powertrain. The Mirage is still powered by a 1.2 L three-cylinder engine, rated at 78 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque. The three-pot provides enough oomph for everything you’d need around town, but its low final-drive ratio means it’ll be screaming away at higher revs on the freeway than an engine with higher displacement would.

Solid Economy. Although the Mirage’s power output is pretty dismal by modern standards, it does offer competitive fuel economy. The Mirage hatchback is rated at 39 mpg combined, while the slightly less aerodynamic Mirage G4 sedan checks in at 37 mpg. One might expect slightly higher fuel economy figures given the Mirage’s minuscule powerplant and curb weight barely exceeding a ton, but its thriftiness at the pump is certainly one of its strong suits.

So-So Safety. Being a subcompact economy car, one might not expect safety to be one of the Mirage’s strengths. You would be correct. Although the NHTSA has yet to test the most recent version, the Mirage scored only “marginal” in the IIHS’ front small overlap test. To Mitsubishi’s credit, they now offer automatic emergency braking as standard equipment.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Hatchback Practicality. Although not particularly roomy for passengers, the Mirage does offer good practicality in hatchback form. Its 17 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up is nothing out of the ordinary, especially with its relatively high load floor, but fold the seats down and the Mirage’s usable cargo room expands to a healthy 47 cubic feet. For comparison, the Kia Rio is the only other economy subcompact to be offered as a hatch, and it only has room for 32.8 cubic feet.

The Mirage Sedan, called the G4, offers just 12.4 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk. Add that in with its slightly worse fuel economy and $1,000 premium over the hatchback, and the G4 is really a puzzling buy.

Final Thoughts. The Mitsubishi Mirage was not a good car when it first arrived in 2012. It was slow, spartan, and uncomfortable even a decade ago. However, it was a good deal. A brand-new Mirage at a dealer lot for under $10,000 was not an uncommon occurrence earlier in its production run. For what it lacked in performance and features, Mitsubishi’s subcompact offering made sense to buyers looking to get into a new car as affordably as possible.

Unfortunately for the Mirage, it no longer possesses the price advantage that once made it stand out among its peers. Losing the manual transmission actually pushes its starting $16,245 MSRP above that of the Nissan Versa, which actually drives, looks, and feels like a vehicle from this decade. If you need a hatchback, the Kia Rio offers much more refinement and a far more viable powertrain for $17,490. Both the Mirage and the Rio come with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty as well, so the Mitsubishi has no advantage there either.

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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
2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
36 / 43 / 39 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
36 / 43 / 39 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
151.4 "
Exterior Width
65.6 "
Exterior Height
59.4 "
Front Headroom
39.0 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
41.7 "
Rear Legroom
34.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
51.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
51.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,095 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 Accents
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
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
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
Forward Collision Mitigation (fcm) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
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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