REVIEW: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage – Affordable, Fuel-Efficient Hatchback

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is an affordable hatchback with great fuel-efficiency for the budget-minded buyer. This year, it boasts updated standard equipment to enhance the interior and improve infotainment offerings.

There’s a new 7-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming standard on the base ES trim. A driver’s armrest is now standard on the SE and GT trims and there’s a rearview camera standard throughout the lineup. Mitsubishi also added steering wheel audio and Bluetooth switches to all three trim levels.

The base ES starts at $13,595 making the Mirage a true bargain. It includes a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional and becomes standard on the SE and GT trims. Our test Mirage was the GT with a price of $17,585.

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If you’re looking for a powerful car, then the Mirage will disappoint. The engine has 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque so it takes time to get moving, which is disconcerting in high speed traffic. The CVT further detracts from the drive experience by being loud. Whether accelerating at high speeds or from a stop, there’s the typical CVT whine.

The interior is minimalist with fabric seats that are supportive without becoming too stiff. In the GT they are 6-way adjustable for the driver, 4-way adjustable for the driver, and heated. Rear seat passengers have less accommodating seating that isn’t comfortable for long rides. There’s room for five, but putting three people in the rear seats is a stretch.

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Keep the rear seats up and there’s 17.2 cubic feet of cargo room or fold them flat for 47.0 cubic feet. The hatchback has a wide opening and low load floor to make loading cargo easy.

On the tech front, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with AM/FM/CD/MP3 are standard on all but the base ES. There’s a 4-speaker audio system across the lineup along, with an optional Rockford Fosgate premium audio system available.

This is a small light car with a small engine so fuel economy is fantastic. With the automatic transmission, the Mirage achieves an EPA-estimated 37 MPG city/43 MPG highway, which makes it a great commuter car.

The Mirage isn’t a performance car, so if that’s your focus or if you simply enjoy a responsive ride, then you won’t like the Mirage. If, however, you’re in search of an affordable hatchback with good cargo capacity, fantastic fuel economy, and a compact size to easily manage narrow streets, then the Mirage fits the bill.

Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin