2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

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.

Vehicle Overview

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).

You’ll Like

  • 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

Key Competitors

  • Nissan Versa
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Honda Fit
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Toyota Yaris


2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Front End
There won’t be a 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage, as the Japanese automaker is holding off for a year in preparation for an updated 2017 version. Following the last update to the 2015 model, which largely addressed the subcompact’s interior, the Mitsubishi Mirage will return as an early 2017 model with chassis and powertrain updates.
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San Francisco, California -- As Mitsubishi Motors North America announced its 15th consecutive month of increased sales yesterday, company executive vice president Don Swearingen emphasized that one key to that growth is a dramatic reduction in the number of new Mitsubishis that go to fleet sales (generally rental car companies). Cutting down on rental-car sales will help Mitsubishi grow sales even further, he said, by keeping the residual values of used Mitsubishis higher.
Mitsubishi G4 Concept Left Front1
Mitsubishi wants everyone to stop questioning its future in the U.S. market. At the company’s press conference at the Chicago auto show, Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen assured the crowd that Mitsubishi is “here to stay” and detailed plans for a refreshed lineup and new models over the next 16 months.
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The Mitsubishi Mirage provides good evidence that there’s no such thing as bad press. Despite myriad negative reviews of this cheap subcompact hatchback, sales have far exceeded expectations in the U.S., leading Mitsubishi to show a new sedan version called the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 at the 2014 Mitsubishi Owners Day in California this Saturday, July 12.

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Specifications

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1.2L I3Engine
Fuel economy City:
34 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
42 MPG
74 hp @ 6000rpm
74 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
100,000 miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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