2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Mitsubishi Mirage ES include 1.2L I-3 78hp engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 14" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power mirrors.

2017 Mitsubishi
Mirage Hatchback

Starting at: $12,995

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  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Speakers - 4
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.2 L
  • Engine horsepower - 78hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 74 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 75.0mm x 90.0mm (2.95" x 3.54")
  • Compression ratio - 10.50 to 1
  • GVWR - 1,320kg (2,910lbs)
  • Exterior length - 3,795mm (149.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,666mm (65.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,509mm (59.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,451mm (96.5")
  • Turning radius - 4.6m (15.1')
  • Front legroom - 1,059mm (41.7")
  • Rear legroom - 864mm (34.0")
  • Front headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Rear headroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,242mm (48.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,245mm (49.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,313mm (51.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,295mm (51.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,441L (86.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 487 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,331 L (47 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.2
  • Cylinder configuration - I-3
  • Horsepower - 78hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 74 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 12
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 36mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 9.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 33mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 41mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 165/65SR14.0
  • Rear tires - 165/65SR14.0
  • Wheel size - 14"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
ES 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback ES Search New $12,995   78-hp 1.2L 3-cyl  5-spd man.  33 / 41  
SE 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback SE Search New $14,795   78-hp 1.2L 3-cyl  5-spd man.  33 / 41  
GT 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback GT Search New $16,495   78-hp 1.2L 3-cyl  continuously variable auto  37 / 43  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Impressively maneuverable in an urban landscape, the Mirage falters considerably at highway speeds. Ultra-compact dimensions and a tight turning circle make it easy to park. Ride quality is sufficiently comfortable, as long as the Mirage rolls down good pavement at modest speeds.

Acceleration, too, is satisfactory, even perky, at in-town speeds, but sags painfully on the highway. Passing and merging amplify the sluggishness, which is exacerbated by the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

With 78 horsepower, the Mirage’s engine has nearly no reserve energy to call upon when needed. Hilly terrain is likely to prove troublesome. Although a Mirage cannot necessarily be deemed unsafe, shockingly slow acceleration at speeds past 40 mph is undeniably a concern.

At highway velocities, the Mirage begins to misbehave, wandering and even wobbling, making it one of the least pleasant cars to drive. A sense of floatiness can make the experience even worse. On broken pavement, the wheels crash over every rut.

In addition to being light in weight, the Mirage is set up with soft springs, resulting in weak body control. Electric power steering suffers from a numb area when pointed straight ahead, compelling the driver to remain especially attentive, to avoid drifting. A sudden lane change is accompanied by considerable body roll and a sense of uncertainty.

Manual shift has its own drawbacks, starting with a first-gear ratio that makes it a challenge to move out from a stop. In fifth gear, the engine screams loudly when it should be cruising gently.

Gas mileage, as expected, is a highlight. In fact, the Mirage has earned the highest fuel-economy rating of any gas-engine non-hybrid car. With the CVT, the hatchback is EPA-rated at 37/43 mpg City/Highway, or 39 mpg Combined. The new G4 sedan is a bit less frugal, EPA-rated at 35/42 City/Highway, or 37 mpg Combined. With 5-speed manual gearbox, standard on lower trim levels, ratings dip to 33/41/36 mpg for the hatchback and 33/40/35 mpg for the sedan.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Short on style or charm, the Mirage isn’t likely to win any design awards. A new front end for 2017 elevates appearance somewhat, compared to the previous bland frontal look. Even so, the Mirage remains largely anonymous.

Like most rivals, the Mirage is relatively tall compared to its body length. Wheels tend to look even smaller than their 14- or 15-inch size suggests. Deep-set front wheels don’t help with appearance. Awkwardly-drawn body lines at the rear impair visual appeal of the new G4 sedan.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Hatchbacks provide surprising space for four adults, though adding a fifth would be quite a squeeze. Front cushions are somewhat short, but seats are quite comfortable. They’re also better bolstered than some competitors. Back-seat upholstery is rather thin, and leg space could be better.

Hard plastic dominates the straightforward cabin. As in many small economy cars, materials are simple and basic. Though details are better than before, just about every interior element still suggests cheap transportation.

The simple instrument cluster contains a big speedometer, gas gauge, and small tachometer. Upper trim levels benefit from higher-contrast gauges. Large audio and climate-control knobs are intuitive.

Cargo space is ample for a small hatchback: 17.2 cubic feet with back seatback upright, growing to 47 cubic feet with that seat folded. The cargo floor isn’t flat. Luggage space totals only 12.3 cubic feet in the G4 sedan’s trunk.


New Car Test Drive

The Mitsubishi Mirage delivers fuel-efficient transportation for a modest price, but it falls short when judged against competitors that cost only slightly more. Essentially, they reach back to the long-gone econocar era. A Mirage can make sense for city and suburban use, but is no pleasure on the open road. On the plus side, four average-size adults sit in reasonable comfort, and a Mirage rides smoothly until the pavement turns harsh. The deal may be an important part of the value story here.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Mirage ES ($12,995 with manual, $14,195 with CVT) includes air conditioning, keyless entry, steel wheels, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, 14-inch steel wheels, and a 4-speaker, 140-watt sound system. Bluetooth is optional. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $835 destination charge.)

Mirage SE ($14,795 with manual, $15,995 with CVT) includes alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, pushbutton start, and alloy wheels. Infotainment with a 6.5-inch touchscreen incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Mirage GT ($16,495) has standard CVT, heated front seats, bi-xenon HID headlights, two-tone 15-inch alloy wheels, and sportier body trim.

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