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2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

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$14,295 — $17,445 MSRP
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Hatchback
5 Seats
36-39 MPG
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2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Normile

If you’re looking for a new car and your chief goal is getting from point A to point B affordably, the new, restyled and updated 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage might be your ride. Its starting price of $15,290 (including destination) isn’t quite the cheapest — that title still belongs to the 2021 Chevrolet Spark — but it does offer a combination of safety, available convenience tech and affordability that may make it appealing to shoppers.

Related: Mitsubishi Outlander, Eclipse Cross, Mirage Get Redesigns in Model Lineup Overhaul

New Look

Both the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan get significantly updated exterior styling. That includes a new grille design and new bumpers front and rear, bringing the cars more in line with the current Mitsubishi design language while giving them a sportier look. New LED taillights complete the look across the lineup, while the top SE trim can also be equipped with LED headlights and daytime running lights.

A new Carbonite Edition special edition version is available with select exterior paint colors, too. It includes no overt “Star Wars” references but does revise the exterior appearance slightly with faux carbon-fiber and red accents.

Some Modern Tech

With a starting price just over $15,000 — just over $16,500 with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission — the Mirage doesn’t come with a lot of standard comfort or advanced safety features. There are some, however, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay ...

If you’re looking for a new car and your chief goal is getting from point A to point B affordably, the new, restyled and updated 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage might be your ride. Its starting price of $15,290 (including destination) isn’t quite the cheapest — that title still belongs to the 2021 Chevrolet Spark — but it does offer a combination of safety, available convenience tech and affordability that may make it appealing to shoppers.

Related: Mitsubishi Outlander, Eclipse Cross, Mirage Get Redesigns in Model Lineup Overhaul

New Look

Both the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan get significantly updated exterior styling. That includes a new grille design and new bumpers front and rear, bringing the cars more in line with the current Mitsubishi design language while giving them a sportier look. New LED taillights complete the look across the lineup, while the top SE trim can also be equipped with LED headlights and daytime running lights.

A new Carbonite Edition special edition version is available with select exterior paint colors, too. It includes no overt “Star Wars” references but does revise the exterior appearance slightly with faux carbon-fiber and red accents.

Some Modern Tech

With a starting price just over $15,000 — just over $16,500 with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission — the Mirage doesn’t come with a lot of standard comfort or advanced safety features. There are some, however, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility. Forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection is also standard on all trim levels. Buyers will have to upgrade to the top SE trim to get the aforementioned LED headlights, as well as lane departure warning and automatic high beams.

Engine and Transmission

All Mirage and Mirage G4 variants are powered by the same 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 78 horsepower and 74 pounds-feet of torque. The base ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, which can be swapped for a CVT for a $1,300 charge. All other trims come standard with the CVT.

Pricing and Release Date

Both the 2021 Mirage and Mirage G4 are on sale now. All prices include a $995 destination fee.

  • Mirage ES (manual): $15,290
  • Mirage ES: $16,590
  • Mirage LE: $17,215
  • Mirage Carbonite Edition: $17,990
  • Mirage SE: $18,440
  • Mirage G4 ES (manual): $16,290
  • Mirage G4 ES: $17,590
  • Mirage G4 LE: $18,215
  • Mirage G4 Carbonite Edition: $18,990
  • Mirage G4 SE: $19,190

 

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Recalls

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mitsubishi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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

  • Powertrain

    Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    123-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mirage received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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