2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Key specs

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149.4” x 59.4”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Cabin has plenty of headroom
  • Good cargo room behind the backseat
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard on higher trims
  • Standard touchscreen is a decent size
  • Fun handling
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

The bad:

  • Very noisy cabin
  • Acceleration slow, especially from a stop
  • No armrest for front passenger
  • Backseat has no visible air vents or charging points
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Lack of safety features

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • ES


  • SE


  • GT


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Our 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Adds new technology for 2018
  • 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission standard
  • CVT automatic optional
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Optional 6.5-inch touchscreen

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage review: Our expert's take

By Brian Wong

The Mitsubishi Mirage is not the lowest-priced new car you can buy in 2018. That title — and accompanying ignominy or praise (I’m not sure which one yet) — goes to the 2018 Nissan Versa, which starts at $12,995. That undercuts the Mirage’s starting price of $14,290 by more than $1,000 (all prices include destination charges). But that’s not to suggest the Mirage feels like anything more than a minimalist car.

In the price range inhabited by cars like the Mirage, Versa, Chevrolet Spark and Kia Rio (compare those here), what you don’t get is just as important as what you do. My week with the 2018 Mirage produced some surprising positives to go along with a few nagging negatives.

The 2018 Mirage is sold as a hatchback or sedan, called the Mirage G4 (which we cover as a separate model on this site). I tested a Mirage GT, the top hatchback trim level (above ES and SE trims), that cost $17,585 as equipped.

2018 Updates

For the new model year, the Mitsubishi Mirage adds some new technology and convenience into the mix. It starts with a new 7-inch touchscreen display that’s standard on the ES trim level. SE and GT trims get a smaller screen (6.5 inches), but it comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, so I’d say the smaller screen is worth it. A backup camera is now standard, as are Bluetooth connectivity and steering-wheel controls for audio and phone. Those piloting SE and GT models can now enjoy a driver’s seat armrest — if you’re in the ES, I guess you don’t deserve one.

Note that the Mirage G4 gets the same updates, as well as an added center pass-through for the trunk. Compare the 2018 Mirage with last year’s model here.

What You Get

The Mirage GT comes with a few surprising features for its price. As mentioned, the multimedia system includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity standard on the SE and GT, which gives you navigation on the touchscreen if you have a compatible smartphone. There’s also standard Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel controls, automatic single-zone climate control and keyless access via small buttons on the door handles that lock and unlock the car.

The Mirage can also be kind of fun to drive. Mitsubishi doesn’t provide a zero-to-60-mph time for the Mirage — possibly because those are usually listed in seconds, not minutes — but it’s not the acceleration that makes the car occasionally enjoyable, it’s the lack of weight. The Mirage GT weighs 2,128 pounds; for some perspective, that’s 200 pounds lighter than a Mazda Miata. So even though there isn’t much grip and steering feel is average, it feels pretty agile in curves. It’s not a bad little momentum driver; it might take a little while to build up some speed, but once you have it, finding a way to keep it is smile-inducing. Plus, with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine sending only 78 horsepower to the front wheels, you can spend a lot of time with the pedal buried firmly in the carpet without grossly exceeding posted speed limits.

Another bonus is fuel economy. The Mitsubishi Mirage’s 37/43/39 mpg city/highway/combined EPA-estimated ratings make it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid or electric vehicle in America for 2018. That’s quite a claim to fame for the budget-conscious shopper.

The Mirage’s shape also gives you pretty good headroom front and rear, plus decent cargo room, with 17.2 cubic feet behind the backseat (more than a 2018 Honda Fit hatchback), which expands to 47.0 cubic feet with the seats folded.

What You Don’t Get

You don’t get much sound-deadening material. The doors have a hollow ring when you close them, and there doesn’t seem to be much insulation between the engine compartment and cabin. The Mitsubishi Mirage was the loudest car I’ve tested that has doors and a fixed roof; at highway speeds, conversations between even front occupants are strained thanks to all the noise (engine, tire and wind) there is to compete with. I’ve driven other affordable cars in this class, and though they aren’t library-quiet inside, they do a better job of keeping the outside environment where it belongs — outside.

Those looking for the latest safety features will be left wanting, as well. There are airbags and a backup camera, but that’s about it.

The Mitsubishi Mirage also doesn’t offer much comfort for rear passengers. There are no visible air vents or charging ports, and though there’s space for your head, there isn’t much legroom to speak of. If you’re more than 6 feet tall, good luck back there unless you’re behind a short driver.

One other thing to watch out for in the Mirage is that the steering wheel only tilts, it doesn’t telescope. That, along with limited adjustment range for the driver’s seat, made it impossible for me to find a seating position I liked. I consistently adjusted something (the seat, the wheel, myself) each time I drove the Mirage, which grew tiresome.


The Mitsubishi Mirage is unfiltered, unashamed low-price transportation, and there’s a place for that in the market. The floor for quality in cars has gone up over the past few years; I recall Bluetooth and a touchscreen being found only on higher trim levels not long ago, and now those things are standard on one of the cheapest cars around.

Mitsubishi will also throw you pretty robust warranty coverage: five years/60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, and 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain. That matches what you’ll get from Hyundai and Kia.

Would I go for a GT if I were buying a Mirage? Probably not. I’d jump down to the SE to save $500 given the GT’s exterior additions (two-tone wheels and bi-xenon HID headlamps) aren’t necessities, and I’d still get the better multimedia system and a driver’s armrest (crucial for me).

Is the Mitsubishi Mirage good in the grand scheme of things? Not really — but it’s not meant to be. It’s no-frills, highly affordable transportation with a screaming cabin that won’t let you forget about it.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8
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It's ok.

It isn't really bad, but it also isn't really good. It's very small and light, which makes for an uncomfortable ride. You can feel every bump in the road. But because of it's size and weight the gas mileage is amazing.


Deceptively Incredible

I purchased this thing in full with 55,000 miles on it expecting it to be basic and something that could hold me over for a few years until I could build up to something better. Boy was I surprised. This tiny box let's pass EVERYONE. Love the fact that I'm spending maaybe $40 on gas a month, and it has an impressive amount of power for it's size and mileage! I've seen some weird reviews regarding comfort, but even being a taller guy I push my seat forward to feel more comfortable. Big enough still to fit all my friends and all of our xxxx. The speakers are phenomenal! Since I've had it for a while at an amount of miles not many seem to have, I'd like to give some tips on this vehicle! Yes, the AC is kinda crap, but the window is always an option, but the heat works very well. It's a small vehicle, so it doesn't put a whole lot of wear and tear on the brakes and tires, but the unique size of the tires can make them harder (aka more costly)to find in the event of a flat or a change. But the donut for this thing is xxxx near the size of the regular tires. In the winter, it, like every car, can have some problems with the battery, I ended up having to change it out at around 56,000, but the winter before it had died and a recharge made it last another year! With proper maintenance and good practices, this car seems like it can last forever. I know I'm going to be devastated to see it go when I eventually have to trade her in for a family car, but this reliable baby has treated me right so far.


My valuable car

I love my car would buy another new one. I think my car is very suitable for a small car. I Love the gas milage .

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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