2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

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2017 MODEL
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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Minato, Japan. The company has its presence in top fifteen global automotive manufacturers. Mitsubishi Mirage was introduced in the US automotive market in 2014. Mirageis a front-engine, front wheel drive compact car in the entry-level hatchback segment. The company has recently launched a refreshed new version of its popular budget hatchback.

With its new Mirage, the company is luring the low budgeted and new buyers. The design of the 2017 Mirage is inline with its predecessor. The major changes in the new model include updated interiors, new bumpers, headlight and taillights. The company is offering some tempting features which includes large boot space, mileage, enhanced warranty and finance benefits.

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Pros

Fuel-economy

Safety

Braking

Ground clearance

Cargo Capacity

Cons

Low-powered engine

Rear seats lack space

Bad quality plastics used in interiors

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$12995

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

100 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

73 cu. in.

horsepower

78 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

74 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

7 in. ventilated front disc/9 in. drum brakes

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

17.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

33/36/41 mpg

highway range

377.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No


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Styles

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine

4.9

Fuel Economy

9.3

Interior

5.5

Exterior

5.0

Safety

5.5

6.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

ES

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

$12,995 - $14,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) Starting at $12,995 MSRP (33 mpg/36 mpg/41 mpg) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm1.2I3regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive N/A
ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $14,195 MSRP (37 mpg/39 mpg/43 mpg) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm1.2I3regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive N/A

 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE

SE

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

$14,795 - $15,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) Starting at $14,795 MSRP (33 mpg/36 mpg/41 mpg) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm1.2I3regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive N/A
SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $15,995 MSRP (37 mpg/39 mpg/43 mpg) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm1.2I3regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive N/A

 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT

GT

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

$16,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $16,495 MSRP (37 mpg/39 mpg/43 mpg) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm1.2I3regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive N/A

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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
6.9/10

Engine: 78 hp @ 6000 rpm1.2I3

MPG: 39 mpg combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

6.1

Overall Rating


Starting at a price of $12,995.The Mirage has three different variants named as Mitsubishi Mirage ES, Mitsubishi Mirage SE and Mitsubishi Mirage GT. The Mirage ES is the cheapest while Mirage GT is the costliest. The major competitors of the entry-level hatchback are Chevrolet Spark LS, Honda Fit LX, and Hyundai Accent SE. 


6.5/10
Features

 

4.9/10
Engine

 

9.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.5/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

5.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Features

6.5/10

The new Mirage features three trims named as ES, SE, and GT, priced at $12,995, $14795, and $15,295 respectively. The front-engine hatchback offers both manual and CVT transmission options through the CVT option costs an additional amount of $1,200. The main highlights of the base (ES) trim include 14-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, Rear combination LED tail lights, Color-keyed folding side-view mirrors, Speedometer/ tachometer gauge cluster, 4-way adjustable driver's and front passenger seat, Manual air conditioning climate control, and Keyless entry with panic alarm on the board.

Trim ES SE GT
MSRP(manual) $12,995 $14,795 $15,295
MSRP(CVT) $14,195 $15,995 $16,495
Key Features Rear combination LED tail lights Rear combination LED tail lights Bi-xenon HID headlights with a light tube
  Color-keyed folding side-view mirrors Color-keyed folding side-view mirrors with turn signals Rear combination LED tail lights
  Speedometer/ tachometer gauge cluster Semi-high contrast meter cluster with chrome accent Fog lights
  4-way adjustable driver's and front passenger seat 6-way adjustable driver's seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat Semi-high contrast meter cluster with chrome accent
  Manual air conditioning climate control Automatic air conditioning climate control Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 4 speakers 6.5" Display Audio with Smartphone Link, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 6.5" Display Audio with Smartphone Link, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  Keyless entry with panic alarm feature Bluetooth hands-free phone system with steering wheel mounted controls FAST-Key passive entry system with panic alarm feature
  USB Port   Bluetooth hands-free phone system with steering wheel mounted controls

The upper SE trim offers upgraded features including 14-inch alloy wheels alloy, foglights, an advanced rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry,-adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The uppermost GT trim adds 15-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and Bi-xenon HID headlights on the board.

There is also a park assist package available for all trims of Mitsubishi Mirage at additional costs.

We recommend

We recommend users to consider the mid (SE) trim as it well-equipped and offers better value for money than other trims.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Engine

4.9/10

"The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is slow; it has very little power in reserve, and it wanders, wobbles, and floats at speed like no other car we've driven."- thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

Equipped with a noisy 1.2L 3-valve I3 engine, the hatchback is not impressive at all when it comes to performance and power counts. The engine offers below average power and torque counts in the segment, measuring at just 78 hp which is enough to run the Mirage on city roads smoothly but rugged roads and highways demand your attention. The competitors including Chevrolet Spark LS, Honda Fit LX, and Hyundai Accent SE offer better powertrain.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage ES Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Hyundai Accent SE
MSRP $12,995 $13,000 $15,990 $14,995
Engine 1.2L I3 1.4L I4 1.5L I-4 1.6L I4
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 5-speed Manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Horsepower 78 hp 98 hp 130 hp 137 hp
Torque 74 lb-ft 94 lb-ft 114 lb-ft 123 lb-ft

Torque count of 74 lb-ft on the Mirage is again below average in the segment as the rivals are offering significantly powerful torque counts. The 1.2L engine is loaded with 5-speed manual transmission though the CVT option is also available at an additional cost of $1,200.

Acceleration

With a 78 hp engine, accepting brisk acceleration is a utopia. The acceleration on the Mitsubishi is below average in the entry-level hatchback segment. It takes 12 seconds in attaining a speed of 60 MPH from still which is slowest among the entry-level hatchbacks, struggling to match the competitors in our acceleration test. All the rivals take comparatively less time than the hatchback

Models Mitsubishi Mirage ES Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Hyundai Accent SE
0-60 MPH 12.0 sec 10.7 9.1 sec 8.6 sec
Quarter mile 17.5 sec 18.0 sec 16.8 sec 16.7 sec
Engine 1.2L 1.4L 1.5L 1.6L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 4.9 5.3 5.7 5.7

In measuring a quarter-mile distance, the car takes 17.5s, which is average in the segment. Mirage is one of the lowest CO2 emission cars, just 4.9 tons/ 15k miles, as it is equipped with a low powered engine.

Handling and Braking

The 4-door hatch handles city roads decently but you have to pay more attention on highways and rugged conditions. It offers small braking pads of 9.0 and 7.0 inches for the front and rear braking pads respectively. The deceleration test results are impressive as it takes just 118 feet in 60-0 mph deceleration test which is above average in the segment. The steering is decent with acceptable riding and handling confidence in the segment. The overall riding experience is noisy, and driving a Mirage demands more attention than competitors.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage ES Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Hyundai Accent SE
Brake Front (in.) 9.0 9.3 9.1 sec 10.1
Brake Rear (in.) 7.0 7.9 7.9 N/A
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2,018 2,246 2,513 2,489
60-0 MPH (ft.) 118 120 N/A 116

Hyundai Accent marginally excels the Mirage in Barking performance. At last, Mirage is equipped with a competent barking system, and low curb weight and advanced braking features add more stars to its braking performance.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Fuel Economy

9.3/10

This segment is the most important segment for most of the entry-level hatchback buyers. For the sake of luring the budget buyers with a low fuel budget, Mitsubishi has made its 2017 Mirage fuel-efficient. Low curb weight and low-powered engine add stars to the fuel-efficiency in the Mirage. The entry-level hatchback offers best-in-class fuel economy of 33 and 41 mpg on city roads and highways respectively.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage ES Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Hyundai Accent SE
MPG (city) 33 29 29 27
MPG (highway) 41 39 36 37
MPG (combined) 36 34 32 31

The combined fuel economy for the hatch counts at 36 mpg which is impressive in the segment. At last, the Mitsubishi excels its rivals with its best-in-class fuel economy.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Interior

5.5/10

Most surfaces are hard plastic and not particularly pleasant to touch or look at. -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The compact hatchback offers the seating capacity of five passengers which is standard in the segment. Plastic materials used in interiors are chunky and far away from the segment's standards.The front passenger seats are acceptable though the rear seat dimensions and plastic material quality is below the standards of the segment.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage ES Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Hyundai Accent SE
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.1/51.7/41.7 39/50.8/43.9 39.5/54.8/41.4 39.9/53.7/41.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.3/51.0/34.0 37.0/49.8/33.0 37.5/52.6/39.3 37.8/53.4/33.3

Interior Features

  • 4-way adjustable driver's and front passenger seat
  • Manual air conditioning climate control
  • Foldable rear seats
  • Keyless entry with panic alarm on the board

Infotainment System

On board sits a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with a standard 4-speaker audio system. The infotainment system is intuitive and convenient as it offers an easy to use UI and large icons. The sound clarity is decent for the segment though additional sound package offers a powerful sound system. Its connectivity features include Bluetooth hands-free phone system with steering wheel mounted controls, Aux, USB, AM/FM/CD/MP3, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the board.

Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity is a deciding segment while considering an entry-level hatchback. Mitsubishi has taken care of the cargo aspect well in its latest Mirage. The front-engine hatchback features a cargo capacity of massive 17.2 ft.cube which is impressive in the segment but not the best as Hyundai Accent SE leads the competitors with a huge 21.2 ft.cube of boot space.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage ES Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Hyundai Accent SE
Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3) 17.2 11.1 16.6 21.2
Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3) 47.0 27.2 52.7 47.5

Mirage has a well-managed and convenient boot which can easily handle cargo capacity of five passengers for a weekend trip which is convenient and commendable. As the Mirage features foldable rear seats, the cargo capacity rises to 47.0 ft.cube after packing the second row which is again impressive in the segment. At last, Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the leaders in the cargo segment as it has a convenient boot.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior

5.0/10

The little commut-a-pod is almost as subcompact as subcompact gets among four-door hatchbacks. caranddriver

Size and Dimensions

The exteriors haven't undergone a drastic makeover as the hatchback resembles its predecessor in looks. The major changes include updated new bumpers, headlight, 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. It measures 149.4, 65.6, and 59.4 inches for Length, Width, and Height respectively. It also offers decent ground clearance of 6.3 inches.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage ES Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Hyundai Accent SE
Curb weight (lbs.) 2,018 2,246 2,522 2,489
Length(in) 149.4 143.1 161.4 162.0
Width(in) 65.6 62.8 67.0 66.9
Height(in) 59.4 58.4 59.4 57.1
Ground clearance (in) 6.3 6.6 4.4 5.5
Wheelbase (in) 96.5 93.9 99.6 101.2
Track width (in) F/R 56.3/55.7 54.5/54.5 58.3/58.0 59.3/59.5

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Safety

5.5/10

Safety ratings and reliability:

The Mirage is loaded with safety features including Anti-lock Braking System with EBD, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Active Stability Control, and Hill Start Assist (HSA) as standard features. A rearview camera is still unavailable in the base trim though present in upper trims. There is an additional parking Assist package available for all trims at an additional cost.

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Active Stability Control (ASC)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Advanced dual-stage front airbags with occupant seat position sensor
  • LATCH child-restraint system
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer

 IIHS and NHTSA Ratings are decent for the latest 2017 Mirage, considering the low price of the hatchback.

IIHS Rating
Small overlap front driver side Marginal
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Not available
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Good

 

NHTSA Rating
Overall rating 4 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 star
Overall side crash rating 4 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 2 star
Combined side rating rear seat 4 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star
Combined side rating front seat 4 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 4 star

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Competition

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Chevrolet Spark LS

Chevrolet Spark LS hosts a powerful engine which offers better power counts and acceleration when compared with Mitsubishi Mirage. The Chevrolet Spark LS excels in segments like passenger volume, interior quality and ground clearance. On the other hand, Mirage outshines Spark in segments including cargo capacity, fuel-economy, and braking.

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Honda Fit LX

Honda Fit LX is equipped with a potent 1.5L I4 engine which produces better acceleration and performance than Mirage. Honda Fit LX excels in segments like interiors, infotainment, comfort, and Handling. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi outshines the Fit LX in segments including braking, cargo capacity, fuel-efficiency, and ground clearance.

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Hyundai Accent SE

Though the Mirage's 1.2L engine cannot compete in acceleration and performance segments with Hyundai Accent SE, the front-engine hatchback excels in segments like fuel-efficiency, ground clearance, infotainment, and safety. On the other hand, Hyundai Accent SE outshines Mirage in cargo capacity, braking, riding, and interiors.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Final Verdict

Though the 2017 Mirage resembles its predecessor in most of the aspects, recent exteriors changes and updates are welcome. The compact hatchback offers decent looks, best-in-class fuel economy, reasonable cargo capacity, and decent ground clearance. On the other hand, it lacks in performance, acceleration, and interior quality when compared to segment leaders. Mitsubishi is targeting first-time car buyers with low-fuel budgets through its Mirage as it comes with low-price tag and high fuel-efficiency.