Mitsubishi will sell you a brand new 2021 Mirage hatchback for the same price as a decent used car. It comes with a 10-year warranty. Although this may seem appealing at first glance, you will actually be purchasing a small car with an unrefined interior and a tiny three-cylinder engine. The standard features include automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as automatic climate control. The Mirage offers a remarkable fuel economy and surprising cargo space. We recommend looking at the competitors if you have the budget. But for those who only care about the dollar, the Mitsubishi is the best choice. Are you not into hatchbacks, but? We also review the Mirage G4 sedan model from Mitsubishi.
What’s new for 2021?
For 2021, the Mirage hatchback gets a slight styling update, including a larger grille and restyled front- and rear bumpers. Also, new headlight and taillight designs are available. The Carbonite Edition model, which is also new this year, features a more racier-looking bodykit. Mitsubishi now offers automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard equipment. The same applies to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
We assume you are considering the Mirage because you want to buy a car that won’t break your budget. We recommend that you stick with the base ES model, as the Mirage is in direct competition with a number of other better options.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
All Mitsubishi Mirage hatchbacks are equipped with a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine. It produces a modest 78 horsepower as well as 74 lb-ft torque. This engine is less powerful than the Chevrolet Spark (98 horsepower). The base Mirage model has a 5-speed manual transmission. All other trims have a CVT. The front wheels receive the power. The Mirage’s acceleration is poor when driven on highways and city streets. For passing maneuvers on the highway, the Mirage requires heavy throttle inputs. The engine also gets loud when pushed. There is a lot vibration in the cabin.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA claims that the Mitsubishi Mirage has a fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway when equipped with an optional CVT. These figures are impressive and make the Mirage more fuel-efficient than the Spark (upto 30/38 MPG). The Mirage’s fuel efficiency drops to 33/41 MPG when it has a manual transmission.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
While there are a lot of subcompacts with reasonably high-end cabins at a budget price, the Mirage is not one of them. The interior of the car is comfortable for its price, despite the fact that it has a basic design and lots of hard plastics. Although the front row provides comfortable accommodation, rear-seat legroom can be a problem. The Mirage has a lot of cargo space. The Mirage has 17 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all the seats in place. The Mirage’s cargo space can be expanded to 47 cubic feet by lowering the standard 60/40-split rear seats. These figures make Mirage a more spacious choice than Spark which has 11 cubic feet less cargo space behind its second row, and 27 cubic feet behind it.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Mirage has Bluetooth connectivity, which allows hands-free calls. The standard features include a four-speaker stereo system, a touchscreen of 7.0 inches, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Rockford Fosgate sound systems are available as an upgrade for those who want a premium setup.