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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $14,047 - $14,354.

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MSRP $14,910

Fair Purchase Price $14,201
Fair Market Range ($14,047 - $14,354)

Invoice $14,603
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KBB Expert Rating 4.3 / 10
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Vehicle Details Interior  Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo

On one hand, the dash layout is so simple an 18th-century fur trapper could figure out the heating and audio controls. That's good. Unfortunately, it also comes with a heaping serving of chintzy. The armrests are brutally hard, the glove compartment opens with a shin-whacking "thunk," and the cargo cover connects to the rear hatch with just one lonely string. Despite such thrifty touches, the front occupants enjoy decent space and nicely contoured seats. In back, head space is tighter, but there's enough space for two adults or three kids, maybe even three if things get desperate.

Exterior   photo

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage has the rounded silhouette of a jellybean, not exactly what we'd call "cool," but not ugly, either. The $695 exterior body kit and a palette of bold paint choices, including Kiwi Green and Plasma Purple, do add a bit of style. Mostly though, the shape is pure form over function. The 14-inch wheels reduce rotational mass and are cheap to produce while the body itself benefits from targeted use of high-strength steel. The weight-saving measures, plus the car's tiny size, results in a fuel-saving weight of as little as 2,000 pounds.

Notable Standard Equipment

Small cars are perceived as unsafe, so Mitsubishi has equipped the 2015 Mirage with seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag, and standard stability and traction control. On top of that, base models get electric power steering with a tilt steering wheel, power windows, mirrors and door locks, an audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs and, the previously mentioned automatic climate control.

Notable Optional Equipment

If you want more equipment, the $1,200-pricier ES model adds steering wheel audio and cruise controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 14-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and keyless access with an engine-start button, strangely located to the left of the steering column. A navigation system with a backup camera is also available, as are parking sensors and an exterior appearance package.

Under the Hood

The front-wheel drive 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a little 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, and it features long throws and possibly the lightest clutch pedal we've ever experienced. However, for maximum fuel economy you'll need to spend another $1,000 for the wide-ratio continuously variable automatic transmission. Whatever you choose, prepare yourself for leisurely acceleration accompanied by more noise, vibration and harshness than you'll get by putting bolts in a blender. The silver lining to all this slow, loud movement is found in the Mirage's fuel economy numbers, which rival the efficiency of many hybrids.

1.2-liter inline-3
74 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
74 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 34/42 mpg (manual), 37/44 mpg (automatic)

Pricing Notes

For a little less than $14,000, you can buy a base 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE model with a manual transmission. That's pretty cheap, to be sure, handily undercutting many competitors. However, if you want Bluetooth or cruise control, you have to step up to the ES model. Opt for the ES model and add on the continuously variable transmission and $900 navigation system, and you'll be paying more than $17,000. That puts the little Mirage up against cars like the Mazda2 and low-end versions of the Honda Fit, both of which we'd recommend over the Mirage, even if they lack navigation. On the lower end though, the Mirage commands prices similar to the Chevy Spark. Kelley Blue Book hasn't posted resale figures for the 2015 Mirage yet, but if the Mitsubishi brand as a whole is any indicator the Mirage's residual numbers will likely lag those of its competitors.


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