2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

Pros: Affordable pricing with decent number of features for the money; impressive fuel economy; reasonably absorbent ride for a subcompact car; close-quarters maneuverability

Cons: Extremely high noise levels, especially from engine; sluggish acceleration; touchy brake-pedal action; uninspired handling

CG Says: After its debut for 2014, Mitsubishi’s budget-grade subcompact 4-door hatchback gets a few minor updates for 2015. ES models get upgraded seat fabric and side view mirrors with turn indicators, and all Mirages now have a rear-mounted short-pole antenna and chrome accent trim on the dashboard. The Mirage has been on the market for a few years in several worldwide markets, mostly emerging ones such as Thailand. Incidentally, Mitsubishi exports U.S.-spec Mirages from that country. Mirage is larger than the Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ, but smaller than the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. It is the only mass-market 4-door vehicle that is powered by a normally aspirated (no turbo or supercharger) 3-cylinder engine. Entry-level prices make Mirage an interesting proposition from a value standpoint, but its acceleration, cabin appointments, and overall dynamic refinement trail most subcompact competitors.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Nation of Manufacturer Thailand
Base Prices DE, manual: $12,995
DE, CVT: $14,095
ES, manual: $14,295
ES, CVT: $15,395
ES, CVT and Navigation: $16,295

Base Engine
1.2-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
74
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
continuously variable transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
34-37
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
42-44

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage