2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback

MSRP $14,645 - $17,895

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2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Mitsubishi Mirage received its long-due update in 2021, the first time after its launch in 2014. The 2022 Mirage is likely to be a very slightly refreshed version of the 2021 model. A few changes would be made to the front and rear fascia along with updated headlamps and taillights. Most of the other aspects of the car will be left untouched. All in all, it will basically be a carryover model with little to no changes.

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Pros

Automatic climate control is offered as standard

Excellent maneuverability within urban limits

Excellent fuel economy ratings

Cons

Underpowered motor

Barebones cabin

What's New?

Minor design tweaks (chrome accents)

More standard interior features

Will remain mostly unchanged for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16295

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

engine type

transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

ES$14,645 onwards

LE$16,595 onwards

Black Edition$17,195 onwards

SE$17,895 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback in Infrared Metallic color
Infrared Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Mirage is a dramatic hatchback that runs out of steam as soon as you cross a few hundred feet. The engine on offer is meant for economy rather than performance. With the optional CVT equipped, it becomes the most fuel-efficient car in the segment. The fuel efficiency crown is retained for the 2022 model year as well. It competes with the Chevrolet Spark and Kia Rio.

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback Features

The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback is expected to be carried over to 2022 with the same four trims available, which are ES, LE, the Carbonite Edition, and the top-of-the-line SE. The base trim is pretty well equipped and comes with plenty of standard features, while the LE trim only adds alloy wheels over the base trim. This is a pretty useless option as alloy wheels could be provided as an option with the base trim itself. The Carbonite Edition comes with some cosmetic changes on the exterior as well as the interior with no major additions to the feature set. The SE trim, however, adds automatic climate control and some major updates over the other trims. The detailed feature list of the trims is provided in the table below -

Trim

ES

LE

Carbonite Edition

SE

MSRP

$15,295 (Man)

$16,295 (Auto)

$17,220

$17,995

$18,445

Features

14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers

14-inch alloy wheels

Carbonite Edition front airdam

15-inch alloy wheels

 

6-way adjustable driver seat

 

Carbonite Edition side airdam

Combination (fabric and synthetic leather) with a stitch seating surface

 

4-way adjustable passenger seat

 

Carbonite Edition rear airdam

Heated front seats

 

Chrome climate control panel accents

 

B-pillar carbon decal

Chrome climate control panel accents

 

7.0" Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA)

 

Carbon pattern front under grille with red stripe

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

4 speakers

 

Carbonite Edition badge

Leather-wrapped shift knob

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

   

Carbon Pattern Print window switch panels

 

Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM) with pedestrian detection

   

Automatic climate control

 

Hill Start Assist (HSA)

   

LED Headlights and DRLs 

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The base ES trim with the CVT transmission option is plenty enough, but then the lack of alloy wheels can be a letdown. So overall the LE trim can be opted as it gets all the basic features along with 15-inch alloy wheels at an affordable price. The Carbonite Edition is not worth the extra price paid, while the SE trim can be opted for those who want a more premium experience as it adds some major updates into the base trim.

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback Engine and Performance

The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage comes equipped with an underpowered 1.2L Inline 3-cylinder engine which produces just 76 hp and 74 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission in the base trim along with an optional CVT. The CVT comes as standard in the higher trims. The sub-par power and torque figures mean that the Mirage is miserable in the acceleration department. 

The Mirage comes with a single powertrain combination, and it is clearly underpowered. In the freeway, you will need to really floor the throttle for overtaking maneuvers. Nonetheless, the car runs out of steam quickly and overtaking other cars next to impossible. The car is overall unrefined, with the engine being coarse, and as a result, it gets quite noisy at higher RPMs. For a zippy and actively performing sub-compact hatchback, one need not consider the Mirage.

Models

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage ES (Expected)

2021 Chevrolet Spark LS

2021 Kia Rio S IVT

Base MSRP

$16,295

$14,500

$16,990

Engine

1.2 L MPI I3

1.4L Inline-4

1.6 L GDI I4

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

Horsepower

76 hp @ 6000 rpm

98hp @ 6,200rpm

120 hp @ 6,300 rpm

Torque

74 lb.ft.@ 4000 rpm

94lb-ft @ 4,400rpm

112 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

0-60 (Sec)

12

10.7

8.2

Quarter Mile (Sec)

NA

18

16.9

The Mirage is underpowered by a huge margin, and it also shows in the 0-60 mph figures. The CVT transmission of the Kia Rio feels far more superior to use than the CVT in the Mirage. TheNissan Versa Note andToyota Yaris hatchback have been discontinued already. There is not much competition left in the segment. Mirage doesn't even offer decent performance because it is meant to be the most economical daily driver. With plug-in hybrids and EVs set to conquer the market, Mirage will likely be discontinued.

How does the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage handle?

Handling on the 2021 Mirage is okayish, with the underpowered engine not stressing the chassis too much. Since the vehicle will be carried forward for the 2022 model year, handling and dynamics are expected to be the same. The vehicle gets McPherson struts at the front with a coupled torsion beam at the rear. Braking duties are to be handled by Ventilated Discs at the front and Drum brakes at the rear. 

All variants are expected to come with all-season tires for better road grip. The 14-inch wheels on the lower three trims offer a similar type of handling, while the 15-inch alloys on the top-end SE trim offer better handling and stability. Overall the 2022 Mirage is not the best handler or the best performing hatchback in the segment. In fact, it is not even adequately powerful.

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback Fuel Economy

The fuel efficiency is the only sole strength of Mirage. It delivers more MPG than all of its rivals, thanks to the underpowered 3-cylinder engine. The vehicle achieves fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway with the optional CVT, while the standard manual transmission gives a fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Since the engine is expected to remain the same, the fuel efficiency will be no different for the 2022 model year.

Model

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage ES (Expected)

2021 Chevrolet Spark LS

2021 Kia Rio S IVT

MPG (city)

36

29

33

MPG (highway)

43

38

41

MPG (combined)

39

33

36

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

9.2

9.0

11.9

Range (City/Highway) (miles)

331/395/358

261/342/297

393/488/428

The 2022 Mirage is the most economical hatchback in the segment. Kia Rio comes a close second, offering 36 mpg combined. However, it comes with an 11.9-gallon fuel tank, thus increasing its combined range to 428 miles, while other cars in the competition, including the Mirage, offer a sub-400-mile range. TheChevrolet Spark has the lowest mpg figures as well as the lowest range, making it the least efficient hatchback in the competition.

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback Interior

Since the 2022 Mirage will be a carry-over model, you cannot expect many changes in the interior. Maybe the company will throw in a few more standard features or options but that’s about it. Talking about the interior, the dashboard looks dated with a large speedometer. The quality of the materials is below average, with hard plastics all around. Soft-touch plastics haven’t been used anywhere. Steering mounted audio and phone controls are given in all the models. 

The vehicle can seat 5 people and cloth upholstery comes as standard. As you go higher up the trim ladder, you get heated front seats wrapped in fabric and synthetic leather. Remote keyless entry is provided in all models, while only the top-end SE model gets the Fast-key entry system with the Push-button start. All models come equipped with power windows and rear heater floor ducts. Micron air filtration and rear-view camera also come as standard.

Models

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage ES (Expected)

2021 Chevrolet Spark LS

2021 Kia Rio S IVT

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.0/51.7/41.7

39.0/50.8/41.7

38.9/54.1/42.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.2/51.0/34.2

37.0/49.8/33.0

38.0/53.3/33.5

Cargo Capacity (ft cu)

17.1

11.1

17.4

The Mirage has the least space among all its competitors. When combined with sub-par interior quality and low-quality materials, the interior comes out to be the weakest amongst its competition. TheKia Rio provides far better interior quality with considerable use of soft-touch materials and up-market fit and finish. The look and feel are far more premium, and the space on offer is also more by a considerable amount. The Kia Rio has the most cargo area, followed by the Mirage, while theChevrolet Spark seriously lacks cargo capacity. Standout interior features include-

  • Combination (fabric and synthetic leather) with a stitch seating surface
  • Heated front seats
  • Chrome climate control panel accents
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Automatic Climate Control

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage: Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system on the Mirage is pretty dated. In the age of 10-inch screens, it only gets a smaller 7-inch one. It supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A big thumbs up to Mitsubishi for including that.

A premium Rockford Fosgate sound system is available as an option. That pretty much concludes the infotainment aspect. One thing worth mentioning is that the unit is neither very fluid nor intuitive to use. The standout infotainment features include -

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • 4-speaker sound system
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate sound system
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback Final Verdict

The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage, with its underpowered engine and unrefined ride quality, is not recommended at all unless you want a compact car for your city commutes. Because with a little more money you will get better cars with a 4-cylinder engine along with better acceleration, better ride quality, and more premium upmarket interior. The Kia Rio makes a strong case for itself in this segment, and it also gets the 10-years powertrain warranty like the Mitsubishi. If getting a better MPG is the only criteria you are looking for, then the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage is decent. Otherwise, the Mirage is not the best option in the segment.

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