New for 2015
The Mitsubishi Mirage remains largely unchanged for the 2015 model year but adds new chrome interior trim accents and new rear-mounted antenna for all models. ES models gain new interior seat fabric as well as new side view mirrors with turn indicators.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is a subcompact four-door hatchback that boasts the rank of most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered non-hybrid vehicle in the U.S. The Mirage fits below the compact Lancer in the Mitsubishi lineup.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a 1.2-liter I-3 that makes 74 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque and is paired with either a five-speed manual or CVT that drives the front wheels. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 34/42 mpg (city/highway) with the manual and a class-leading 37/44 mpg with the CVT. Notable standard and available features include passive keyless entry, one-touch start/stop engine button, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 7-inch infotainment screen, USB connection, Bluetooth (with audio streaming), and seven airbags.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and in IIHS testing received four ratings of good and one of poor in the small overlap front category.
What We Think
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is an inexpensive subcompact hatchback that’s unpleasant to drive. In a Driven Review of a 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES, we said that the I-3 “drones like a coffee shop guitarist,” and “combines a conspicuous lack of power with lots of noise and vibration.” The short wheelbase makes the Mirage feel mildly unstable when trying to go straight down the road, and the suspension “doesn’t provide much body control in corners.” Styling is plain, and the car feels insubstantial, as door closures sound hollow.
Despite all this, the cloth seats are comfortable, and the little Mitsubishi boasts 47 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, making it livable and functional. Also in its favor, though no boon to handling, the small footprint means the Mirage is easy to maneuver and park, even on tight streets. The infotainment system is “simple and usable,” and the included niceties (such as Bluetooth and the rear-view camera) work well. Optioning up will bring the Mirage closer to $17,000, something we weren’t fond of, as we think the idea of a stripped-down budget car is more palatable for the level of quality delivered. Despite the lackluster reception from the automotive press, the Mirage has outperformed the sales estimates of Mitsubishi, selling just shy of 3,000 units in 2013 (when it was introduced) but a whopping 16,708 in 2014. We think the Nissan Versa Note or the Ford Fiesta would be a better car for the money when you start ticking option boxes (higher quality, and more fun in the Fiesta’s case), but the car’s unexpected success has been a boon for Mitsubishi as they try to firm up their position in the market. In the next few years we’re anticipating seeing a sedan version come to the U.S. market (the Mirage G4 Sedan).
- 44 mpg highway
- Comfortable cloth seats
- Gets keyless entry, Bluetooth, navigation, and a USB connection
You Won’t Like
- Poor quality
- Underpowered and noisy engine
- Nissan Versa sedan is cheaper
- Nissan Versa
- Ford Fiesta
- Honda Fit
- Chevrolet Sonic
- Toyota Yaris