Mirage: Four-door Hatchback, Maximum Fuel-Economy

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Mitsubishi Mirage

When everyday stresses start taking their toll and you end up living in what is now a massive and unmanageable mess, you need to take a break and reset. The Mitsubishi Mirage has done the same.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is more muscular and modern than it used to be. That would be the perfect way to describe the small city buzzer and everything it has to offer. An attractive new steering wheel and grey cloth upholstery adorn the interior, coupled with an increased use of glossy black trim. On the outside, the front and rear bumpers visually make the Mirage look beefier and sturdier. Technology features also abound, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. For all intents and purposes, the Mirage is an interesting car that’s worthy of examining in greater detail.

Mechanically Sound and Reliable as Ever

One of the dominant features of all cars is their heart; the Mirage generates 78 horsepower, which is more than plenty to get you safely and respectfully from any urban point A to B. Manual transmission is smooth and requires some getting used to, though the car has a standard automatic transmission as well. On the plus side, the suspension tuning is great for city conditions. Other components worthy of mentioning on the Mirage include large brakes all around and hill start assist. If speed and horsepower aren’t your main concern and you happen to be on a tight budget, the Mitsubishi Mirage represents a good-enough choice that gets the job done beautifully.

Surprisingly Safe for a Car its Size

The Mirage is a car that offers remarkably good safety for its passengers, as evidenced by crash testing performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In their tests, the Mirage scored the highest possible rating of “Good” in the roof strength, side-impact, and moderate-overlap-frontal-offset tests. The seat/head restraint design was also rated “Good” for whiplash protection in rear impacts. In fact, the Mirage earned four-of-five possible stars for overall crash protection in the most recently available government tests. This is thanks to many safety features that come as standard on the Mirage, such as four-wheel antilock brakes (front discs and rear drums), front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and traction and stability control. Also, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors are optional depending on the trim level.

Cozy and Comfortable for All Purposes

The interior design, build quality and materials all provide a comfortable stay in the Mirage’s cabin. There are no noises that would suggest poor build quality, which has never been an issue with larger Mitsubishi vehicles. All the essential controls are very simple to use and easily accessible to the driver and front passenger. Even taller people will fit comfortably inside the cabin and still find ample head- and legroom. The same applies to the rear part of the cabin, with the rear bench being adequately engineered and providing good support and comfort. Overall, it would be wrong to expect premium comfort and features from a subcompact car, to begin with, though the Mirage is a reasonably comfortable and cozy automobile.

While you probably wouldn’t consider getting your hands on a Mitsubishi Mirage if the budget wasn’t an issue, it should still be said that it makes the ideal new car if money is tight and you need a responsive and confident city buzzer to get you where you need to go. Among the biggest advantages of this nifty little car are it's impressive fuel economy and similarly satisfying warranty. This means that the Mitsubishi Mirage is not only economical to drive but inexpensive to own altogether. You just can’t beat that sort of practicality when you’re looking to keep the bank intact.