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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 4.4

The Mitsubishi Mirage is an oddity in the automotive world – a vehicle with no upward aspirations. It's a small 4-door, 5-passenger hatchback that, aside from its vivid selection of exterior colors, isn't particularly interesting to look at or drive. Still, it does the job as basic transportation and a peak 44-mpg highway rating coupled with a $13,790 base price (destination included) make the 2014 Mirage one of the cheapest new cars you can buy and drive. Whether entry-level buyers will embrace the Mirage's elemental brand of frugality over the unmatched parkability of the Smart Fortwo and Scion iQ, or the comparatively daring style of the Chevrolet Spark or Ford Fiesta, remains to be seen.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Mitsubishi Mirage if you only care about saving money. The Mirage is cheap to buy, cheap to drive and features a confidence-boosting 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. As a bonus, the little hatchback actually drives better than its asking price might suggest.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you live on a budget but you crave a car with some measure of fun, there are better choices than the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage. In fact, for the same cash you could buy the much more interesting Chevy Spark, though the Spark is less fuel efficient and only seats four.

What's New for 2014

The Mirage is a new addition to Mitsubishi's lineup for 2014.

Driving the Mirage

Driving Impressions There is little joy to be had when driving a Mitsubishi Mirage, but in the hatchback's defense that's not what it's made for. It's a commuter car, and in that...

role it functions better than you'd expect. The suspension delivers an acceptable ride, and thanks to noise-reduction efforts applied to all U.S.-spec cars, interior noise is largely kept in check. The Mirage's diminutive footprint allows it to fit in tight parking spots while a tight 15.1-foot turning circle enables easy U-turns. If this all sounds surprisingly positive, hold on. Powering the Mitsubishi Mirage is a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine paired with either a 5-speed manual or a continuously-variable transmission. The engine is both underpowered and sounds bad, emitting noises reminiscent of gravel in a paper shredder. There is enough power to reach freeway speeds and for passing, just reserve ample time for each.

STANDARD 60/40-SPLIT FOLDING REAR SEATS
I know, usually this is the spot where we'd describe some sweet high-tech feature but given how little the Mitsubishi Mirage costs we're more excited than usual that split-folding rear seats come standard.

NAVIGATION WITH BACKUP CAMERA
Given their likely frugal natures, Mirage buyers will probably just use their phones for navigation duties. Still, it is kind of cool that for $900 you can add navigation and a backup camera, again, on a car that's so dang cheap.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Details
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage photo Interior

The interior of the Mitsubishi Mirage is utterly simplistic, which can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, the dash layout is so simple an 18th-century fur trapper could figure out the heating and audio controls. On the other hand, 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, maybe even three if things get desperate.

Exterior
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage photo

With the rounded silhouette of a jellybean, the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback is not what we'd call "cool," though a $695 exterior body kit and a palette of bold paint choices, including Kiwi Green and Plasma Purple, do add a bit of style. Otherwise the Mirage's shape is dictated by pragmatism. Tiny 14-inch wheels reduce rotational mass and are cheap to produce while the body itself benefits from targeted use of high-strength steel. Those efforts along with the car's tiny size result in a feathery, fuel-saving curb weight of less than 2,000 pounds in lightest form.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Given its small size, safety is an obvious concern and one to which the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage responds with standard stability and traction controls and seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag. Along with those safety features, 14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, power windows, mirrors and door locks, an audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs and, strangely, automatic climate control all come standard on the base DE trim.

Optional Equipment

Buyers who splurge for the $1,200-pricier SE trim will enjoy 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.

Under the Hood

The front-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a positively tiny 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual featuring long throws and possibly the lightest clutch pedal we've ever experienced, but for maximum fuel economy you'll need to spend another $1,000 for the wide-ratio continuously-variable transmission, or CVT for short. Acceleration is lackadaisical and the sounds that accompany it are an assault on the senses. 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)

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 46 Ratings for the 2014 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.9/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

best for the money

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,333

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price...high mileage and a green car"

Cons: "not many...maybe update style a bit"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

my mitsubishi next to 30's truck

"I have owned this car for more than 2 years..never a thing wrong...does great on interstate...and I give it a very high rating for overall performance...I use it about 120 miles a week....I think the a/c works better than other larger cars I have owned....I chuckle because nobody rates it high except the owners...I would suggest to upgrade style..money wise I choose it over the Honda Fit..."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

my mitsubishi next to 30's truck

Great commuter or high school/college car

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "MPG, warranties, practical packaging"

Cons: "soft suspension, body roll, OEM tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"IMHO the biggest issue with professional reviewers that they view sub-compacts as real cars. In US Mirage will never be a family/mainstream car, and applying the same set of criteria while reviewing it is like reviewing MB or Lexus side by side with Accord or Camry. Mirage is a cheap alternative to used car, good car for high school/college kid, city car, car for single young adult, a backup or purpose commuter for multi-car family. As such it is a) cheap, b) frugal, c) reliable, d) has adequate power and all basic necessities like A/C and radio. Car enthusiast would wanna see it better handling and prettier, but it is good enough as is for what it is. Single women would appreciate Mitsubishi warranties, and if you drive 10k a year or less and got full warranty it will last you 10 years. Cheaper insurance makes it a good candidate for teens/young adults. 2017 version has revised springs/shocks for less body roll, better fuel economy and radio with CarPlay and Android Auto, so it may be a better choice."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

overall very happy with it

By on Thursday, January 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, great gas mileage"

Cons: "small trunk, airbag light issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car about 10 months ago pretty fresh out of college, it only had about 3k miles at the time. I drive quite a lot so I wanted something with good mileage. My hour commute to work I usually can expect between 42 - 50 mpg, which is excellent. I love how spacious it is inside for such a small car, and it's really fun to drive. Definitely not a muscle car though. When you have 5 people in the car, you can feel it slightly weighed down, and there's not a ton of extra trunk room, but you should be able to realize that just by looking at the car. The only problem I've had so far is the airbag light coming on, which has since been resolved. Great car for a great price!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great little car, does a good in winter

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "easy to drive, great gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this car this summer because I was graduated from college a year ago and had gotten a decent job in my field. I had owned a '05 chevy malibu and enjoyed it throughout college but i needed something with better mileage. I thoroughly researched car before deciding on a Mirage. I was stuck between a Mirage or Civic. After driving the mirage, my immediately wanted it. The dealer gave a good offer on the car and added a few perks (free oil changes for 2years) on top of Mitsubishi standard warranty. I drive about 60 miles for my job and i get around 35-38 miles. I fill up just as much as i did with my chevy but instead of $25+ at the pump I'm paying around $15, now even less with gas prices. The interior is nice and comfy. I love the blu-tooth and hands free system! It handles well in MN winter so far. I have nothing but praise for this car."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

so far - so good!

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "better than expected power/speed, great mpg's"

Cons: "no driver armrest, stereo could go louder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car used from a Mitsu dealer with a fully transferrable 5 year/60k warranty. Discounted down to $8000 due to sitting for over 6 months with a starting price of 11,800 that nobody wanted. Being an ES with CVT loaded with everything I could every want I decided to take a chance. This car is awesome and the complete opposite to what the professional reviewers claim it is. So far my only concern is long term reliability. The car is built much better than what I expected, so I have a gut feeling it will prove to be as reliable as Toyota or Honda."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Commuter

By on Sunday, December 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent Value, Great Mileage, Warranty"

Cons: "Slow, Not Very Comfy Seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Not sure why "reviewers" have give this cool car so much bad rap. Yes, it is slow and it won't win any races. But that's not what the car was intended for. Maintenance and insurance are both very affordable. Also,very often I get 50+ MPG average during my 60 miles daily commute. Great mileage without any of the expensive hybrid components."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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