2014 Mitsubishi MirageChange Vehicle
of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Value for the money
- Fuel economy
- Many available tech features
- Rudimentary cabin materials
- No telescoping steering wheel
- Slow, loud powertrain
- Anonymous styling
- Complicated Bluetooth system
- Backseat passenger room
- New entry-level offering from Mitsubishi
- Five-seat hatchback
- Tiny three-cylinder engine
- Manual or automatic transmissions
- Standard automatic A/C, power accessories
- Available Bluetooth, parking sensors, navigation system
When the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage was introduced at the 2013 New York Auto Show, many of us Cars.com editors thought the microcar was a joke. While there's nothing funny about its excellent fuel economy, a more-thorough evaluation did indeed prove that gas mileage is the Mirage's only facet worth smiling about. Turns out, "Mirage" is an appropriate name: Once you drive it, you'll hope it disappears.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage takes the term "entry level" to a new low with its crude powertrain, cut-rate cabin and unpleasant road manners; not even bargain-basement pricing can redeem it.
Mitsubishi is resurrecting the Mirage name after a decade-plus hiatus. The car is available as a four-door hatchback and seats five … technically. It competes against other tiny entries like the Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ (compare them here). The Smart ForTwo is similarly sized, but has only two seats.
Exterior & Styling
The Mirage is probably the most unremarkable-looking car on the road today. Those familiar with the boxy Mitsubishi compact sedan from the late '90s and early 2000s will scratch their heads at the latest iteration of the nameplate and its unbecoming, blob-like silhouette.
Resurrecting a familiar name makes sense from a marketing and brand-recognition standpoint, but the only thing the two generations share is a name, and I doubt owners of the old one will want anything to do with the new shapeless econo-box. In fact, one of our editor's kids ... Read more
From the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage.
2014-2018 Mitsubishi Mirage: Recall Alert
CARS.COM Vehicles Affected: Approximately 83,500 model-year 2014-18 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchbacks The Problem: The internal acceleration sensor in the safety restraint system ... Read more
2014-2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Software Issue
CARS.COM The problem: Vehicles may stall at low speeds because of a software glitch in the engine management system. The glitch can cause a rich air-fuel mixture in the fuel ... Read more
2014-2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Engine Issue
CARS.COM The problem: During cold startup, the engine control unit may deliver inappropriate amounts of fuel into the engine. This can cause a knocking noise and, in extreme cases, ... Read more
Very economical and reliable car
Exactly as advertised, Most inexpensive car on the market with the highest MPG anywhere. Averaged over 45 MPG, sometimes got 50 per tankful. No frills, not the most exciting car on the road, but it's ... Read full review
Very practical car
I've purchased 3 of these cars. They're perfect for in town and rural driving. I have the stick shift model and my spouses' is the CVT. They're always reliable and get very impressive MPG. In the ... Read full review