2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

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2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 7, 2019


Over the years, Mitsubishi Mirage has been one of the more affordable entry point to the new car market. Mirage has a two unique offering over the used cars - its price and factory warranty. Mirage hatchback is a bare-bones car that has an impressive fuel efficiency for a non-hybrid/non-electric vehicle. Mitsubishi Mirage competes with Chevy Sonic, Nissan Versa Note, and Kia Rio.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is a car that, name notwithstanding, is just what it appears to be: an inexpensive hatchback suited for basic travel. That said, the Mirage isn’t ugly; it’s just bland. At least the new-for-2019 LE trim’s black-painted exterior mirror caps and 15-inch wheels add a small bit of personality to this largely forgettable design.

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Pros

Affordable pricing

Long warranty 10 Years 100k Miles

Stellar fuel economy

Cons

Low quality interior

Harsh ride

Lethargic acceleration

What's New?

Improved Safety Features

New LF and RF trim levels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13795

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

73 cu.in.

horsepower

78 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

74 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

56.3/55.7

dimensions

wheelbase

96.5 in.

length

149.4 in.

width

65.6 in.

height

59.4 in.

curb weight

2018 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

86.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

47 cu ft.

payload capacity

892 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

33/36/41 mpg

highway range

377.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage in Infrared Metallic color  2019 Mitsubishi Mirage in Mercury Gray Metallic color  2019 Mitsubishi Mirage in Mystic Black color  2019 Mitsubishi Mirage in Pearl White color  2019 Mitsubishi Mirage in Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2019 Mitsubishi Mirage in Sunrise Orange Metallic color
Infrared Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.2

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

ES

power
78 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$13,795 - $14,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) Starting at $13,795 MSRP (33/36/41) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I-3, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5
ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $14,995 MSRP (36/39/43) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I-3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage RF

RF

power
78 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$15,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
RF 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $15,490 MSRP (36/39/43) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I-3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage LE

LE

power
78 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$15,845


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $15,845 MSRP (36/39/43) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I-3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage SE

SE

power
78 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$16,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $16,495 MSRP (36/39/43) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I-3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage GT

GT

power
78 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$16,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $16,995 MSRP (36/39/43) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I-3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.6

Overall Rating


Small hatchbacks are efficient workhorses that serve as affordable transportation for many of us. Designing a small and affordable car isn’t an easy job. It is very difficult to get it right. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a three cylinder engine which is designed to offer a great fuel economy. This hatchback offers a combined mpg of 39. If you are looking for a small car to majorly use in town, but aren’t willing to purchase a used one. Mirage offers a package that might surprise you.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage front view
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage ffrornt view
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage rear view
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage rear view

8.0/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.2/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Mirage hatchback is offered in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE and GT. All the trims are powered by a three cylinder engine that produces 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft. of torque. The interiors aren't that tempting but will remind you of the price you have paid. The base trim boasts of a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is something interesting and pleasing. The car offers remote keyless entry, and it also comes with a panic feature. The hatchback comes with door locks including power windows. Other standard features include Air conditioning, Hill Start Assist (HSA), and a rear spoiler.

Interestingly, there is a little smaller infotainment system in the upper models which includes a 6.5 Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) System. The Mirage SE and GT got all the standard feature of the base variant ES.

Trims

ES

LE

SE

GT

MSRP (Manual)

$13,795

N/A N/A N/A

MSRP

(Automatic)

$14,995

$14,995

$16,495

$16,995

Features

Traction Control

Adds or deletes features from ES:

Adds or deletes features from LE:

Adds or deletes features from SE:

 

6.5-inch Smartphone Link Display Audio system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Fog Lights

High Intensity Discharge headlights

15-inch two tone alloy wheels
 

LED rear combination taillights

15-inch alloy wheels

Hands-Free Entry

GT Badge
 

14-inch steel wheels

Interior red accents

14-inch alloy wheels

 
 

6-way adjustable driver's seat

Leather Steering Wheel

Keyless Ignition

 
 

4-way adjustable passenger's seat

Heated front seats

Climate Control

 
 

Split folding rear seats

 

Turn Signal In Mirrors

 
 

7.0-inch touch panel display

     
 

Interior Air Filtration

     
 

Stability Control

     

We Recommend

Mirage's greatest asset is its price. If you are shopping for a Mitsubishi Mirage then it would be best to stick to the ES trim. It has a touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear view camera. The higher trims make less sense as you can buy a better car with that money.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Engine and Performance

7.5/10

Not all cars should be judged on outright performance, but the Mirage almost fails to provide the driver with the bare minimum of performance necessary for modern travel. Most drivers might be unwilling to push the Mirage as far as it needs to go to keep up, let alone have any fun.-Edmunds

Mirage is equipped with a noisy 1.2L 3-valve I3 engine which is not impressive at all when it comes to performance and engine specifications. The engine offers below average power and torque counts in the segment. The three-cylinder engine barely produces 78 hp, this little engine is good enough for city driving but freeways are a different story.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Engine
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Engine

The transmission duties are taken care by a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), this ensures best in class fuel economy and in some cases puts hybrid vehicles to shame. You can opt for a 5-speed manual transmission in the base ES trim. All the other trims are offered with a CVT transmission.

Models

Mitsubishi Mirage

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

MSRP

$13,795

$18,020

$15,650

$16,400

$16,190

Engine

1.2L 3-cylinder

1.4L Turbocharged I4

1.6l I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT

6-speed automatic

CVT

Horsepower

78 hp @ 6000

138 hp @4900

109 hp @ 6000

130 hp @ 6300

130 hp @ 6600

Torque

74 lb-ft @ 4000

148 lb-ft @1850

107 lb-ft @ 4400

119 lb-ft @ 4850

114 lb-ft @ 4600

The Mirage hatchback is offered with a FWD layout and like its competitors, the power is channeled to the wheels via CVT. Chevy Sonic produces the best power output in the segment, it is followed by the Kia Rio and Honda Fit.

Acceleration

Speed isn't a forte of the Mitsubishi Mirage. The hatchback struggles with its 78 hp engine. So, passing and overtaking maneuvers will require some meticulous preparation. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage has below average 0-60 MPH time in the entry-level hatchback segment. The hatchback requires a very long 12 seconds to attain a speed of 60 MPH.

Models

Mitsubishi Mirage

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

0-60 MPH

12 seconds

8.2 seconds*

9.9 seconds*

8.5 seconds

8.2 seconds

Quarter mile

N/A

16.4*

17.6 seconds*

16.7 seconds

16.4 seconds

Engine

1.2L

1.4L I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A N/A

5.5

4.9

 If you want a fun to drive car within a budget then the Chevy Sonic with its torquey engine is the car for you. Going by the numbers, Chevy Sonic enjoys one of the best naught to sixty mph time in the segment - 8.2 seconds.

*Data from 2018 has been used

Ride and Handling

The Mitsubishi Mirage can handle the uptown traffic pretty well but things go south when you decide to use the freeway. The CVT transmission saps out the joy of driving but helps you to handle stop and go traffic without any hassles. Owning a small car has its merits, you can easily zip it across tight parking spots. Securing a parking spot wouldn't be difficult with this small car. The steering is featherweight at low speeds, and with a relatively short curb to curb turning radius the MIrage will a good car for a new driver.

The Mirage hatchback is built to accomplish basic driving duties and be a partner in your A to B commute. And truth be told, the Mirage hatchback will not satiate your driving thirst. If you want good economy numbers and don't want to buy a something used, then the Mitsubishi Mirage will make some great sense for you.

Braking

Mirage hatchback is offered with 9.0-inch brake rotors at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The small hatchback has an advanced braking system. The Mirage comes equipped with Antilock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), brake assist, and Active Stability Control. The brakes shed speed at a healthy rate. The hatchback covers 118 feet before coming to a halt from 60 MPH.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Wheel
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Wheel

 

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Fuel Economy

8.2/10

Mitsubishi Mirage lives up to its name as a frugal car. 2019 Mirage is powered by a frugal three-cylinder gasoline engine. Low curb weight also helps the cause - with lesser weight to haul, the engine can return good fuel efficiency. The entry-level hatchback offers best-in-class fuel economy of 36 and 43 mpg on city roads and freeway respectively.

Model

Mitsubishi Mirage

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

MPG (city)

36

26

31

28

33

MPG (highway)

43

34

39

37

40

MPG (combined)

39

29

34

32

36

 

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Interior

7.0/10

The front seats are well-cushioned, but the awkward seat position and limited adjustments make it difficult to get comfortable. The rear seats are overly firm, and a lack of legroom makes them feel tight.-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The compact hatchback offers a seating capacity of five passengers which is standard in the segment. The main highlights of Mirage's interiors include 4-way adjustable driver's and front passenger seat, Manual air conditioning climate control, foldable rear seats, and Keyless Entry with panic alarm on the board. Features like the Leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic climate control system are available on upper trim levels. The front passenger seats are acceptable though the rear seat dimensions and plastic material quality is below the standards of the segment.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Seating
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Models

Mitsubishi Mirage

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front Headroom

39.1

38.7

40.8

38.9

39.5

Front Shoulder room

51.7

53.4

51.7

54.1

54.8

Front Legroom

41.7

41.8

41.3

42.1

41.4

Rear Headroom

37.3

38.1

38.0

38.0

37.5

Rear Shoulder room

51.0

53.0

51.9

53.3

52.6

Rear Legroom

34.0

34.6

38.3

33.5

39.3

Space isn't an issue with this car. Whether you are driving or sitting behind, you would be content with the space on offer. If you plan to keep your car for a long time, then you might be a bit put off by the lower quality of interior fit and finish.

Interior Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Interior Air Filtration

Infotainment

The Mirage offers an easy-to-use infotainment system. One strange thing is that the updated infotainment system (that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) is offered with a smaller screen than the one offered with the base model.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage infotainment
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Infotainment Display

The base trim comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, a rearview camera, and power windows and door locks. The infotainment system is intuitive. The dials and buttons are well-positioned and the driver doesn't need to take his eyes off the road to change a setting. Some of the key features are :

  • Steering mounted Audio, Voice and Phone Control
  • 6.5" Touchscreen Infotainment System with AM/FM/CD
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
  • 4 Speaker Audio System
  • Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
  • USB and AUX Ports

Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity is high on the lists of budget shoppers. The Mirage hatchback scores high when it comes to utility and frugality. Many buyers consider these two factors while purchasing a car in this segment. Mitsubishi Mirage offers a cargo capacity of 17.2 cu-ft. The Mirage offers decent space but it is nowhere near the segment leaders. Chevy Sonic leads the competition with a huge 17.2 cu-ft. of boot space.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Cargo
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Cargo space

Model

Mitsubishi Mirage

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

17.2

19.0

18.8

17.4

16.6

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage front seat
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage front seat
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage rear seat
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage rear seat
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage steering
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage steering
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage center console
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage center console
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage navigation
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage navigation
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage rear seat folded
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage rear seat folded
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage steering
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage steering

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior

7.0/10

The 2019 Mirage received a new front end with an actual grille two years ago, so it looks less like a generic toy car than it did. All around, though, this car has styling cues at least a decade old, and its competitors are more exciting to look at, especially when it comes to the ungainly G4 sedan model. The hatchback's longer roof gives it better proportions than the three-box Mirage G4 sedan.-TheCarConnection

Dimensions and Weight

The exteriors aren't undergone a drastic makeover as the 2019 Mirage resembles its predecessor in looks. The major changes in the 2019 model include updated new bumpers, headlights, and taillights. The main exterior features include old compact design, 14-inch steel wheels, small bonnet grills, and sporty headlights; alloy wheels and bi-xenon HID headlights are available in the upper trims.

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage side view
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage side view

The hatchback and sedan feature a large chrome grille with a handsomely detailed lower bumper. The trunk gives the little car a more mature persona, and while it offers decent cargo space,  

Model

Mitsubishi Mirage

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Curb weight (lbs.)

2,018

2,819

2,474

2714

2568

Length(in)

149.4

159.8

163.7

160.0

161.4

Width(in)

65.6

68.3

66.7

67.9

67.0

Height(in)

59.4

59.7

60.5

57.1

60.0

Ground clearance (in)

6.3

-

-

5.5

4.4

Wheelbase (in)

96.5

99.4

102.4

101.6

99.6

Track width (in) F/R

56.3/55.7

59.4/ 59.4

58.3/ 58.5

59.8/60.0

58.3/58.0

The Mirage hatch doesn't score special points for maximum dimensions. It is a relatively smaller car than the competition. Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback has a short wheelbase (96.5-inch) which leads to a cramped seating position for the rear passengers.

Exterior Features :

  • Fog Lamps
  • Body-Colored Front and Rear Bumpers
  • Body-Colored Powered External Rear View Mirror
  • 15" Alloy Wheels
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Short Pole Antenna
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Front Variable Intermittent Wipers

 

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage front view
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage front view
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage emblem
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage emblem
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage headlight
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage headlight

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Safety

7.0/10

The Mirage hatchback hasn't gone through any major structural change. So, the federal testing agency is yet to give a safety score for the 2019 model year.

Safety Features

For 2019 though, Mitsubishi has standardized some of the features that were only available as optional equipment on the 2018 Mirage. The2019 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback is available with a long list of standard safety features:

  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

 

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Competition

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Nissan Versa Note

Nissan Versa Note is powered by a 109 hp inline-four engine. The Versa Note starts at a lower sticker price of $15,650. Versa is severely underpowered for its class so be prepared for lackluster acceleration. Only upside is Versa's excellent mpg numbers. The interior is roomy but lacks the fit and finish and standard equipment Versa's infotainment cannot match Chevy's advanced MyLink infotainment system. Chevy Sonic is a better equipped and more powerful option than the Versa Note.

2019 Nissan Versa Note
2019 Nissan Versa Note

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Kia Rio

Kia Rio is powered by a 130 hp inline-four engine. 2019 Kia Rio starts from a price of $16,400. Rio hatchback is available in a single well-appointed trim only. Kia Rio is a well-known nameplate in the subcompact segment. Rio has a well laid out cabin, a generous cargo space, good handling and a user-friendly infotainment system. Not everyone would be happy to be in a Rio but considering the things on offer, actually a lot on offer for the price. Kia Rio should be high on your list if you are looking for budget car with better fit and finish.
 

2019 Kia Rio Hatchback
2019 Kia Rio Hatchback

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Honda Fit

Honda Fit is powered by the iconic 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine. The pricing for the base trim of the Honda Pilot start at $16,190. Honda Fit scores high on utility. Honda offers better passenger room and cargo space. It is also offered with Honda's suite of safety features Honda Sensing at the higher trim levels. The Fit beats the Sonic with its better fuel economy, utilitarian magic seats and a better resale value.

2019 Honda Fit hatchback
2019 Honda Fit hatchback

 

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Final Verdict

Mitsubishi Mirage doesn't bring a ton of updates for the 2019 model year. The Mirage hatch still resembles its predecessor in a lot of ways, recent tweaks to the exterior bring in an air of freshness to the design. The compact hatchback offers a moderate design , although it won't turn any heads it will offer best-in-class fuel economy. What it lacks in performance,acceleration, and craftsmanship is duly made up by a low price tag, reasonable cargo capacity, optimal ground clearance and low cost of operation. If you want a new car with complete warranty cover within a limited budget then Mitsubishi Mirage should be high on your shopping list.

Frequently Asked Questions about 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

What is the price of base Mitsubishi Mirage?

The ES variant starts at $ 13, 795  which comes pretty well equipped. 

Do  Mitsubishi Mirage also comes as a sedan?

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan starts around $14, 795. It comes with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Does Mitsubishi Mirage come with a sunroof?

No, the Mitsubishi does not come with a sunroof.