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2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks near the bottom of the subcompact car class. Although it’s affordable, the Mirage's snooze-worthy acceleration, harsh ride quality, and subpar predicted reliability rating hurt its appeal. It also has a cheap-feeling cabin with uncomfortable seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordably priced
  • Dull engine
  • Harsh ride
  • Low-rent cabin materials
  • Few advanced safety features

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage's #11 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Mitsubishi Mirage has a score of 5.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 3.1
Performance: 4.3
Interior: 4.8
Safety: 8.3
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Is the Mitsubishi Mirage a Good Car?

The Mitsubishi Mirage is not a good subcompact car. It has a low starting price, delivers stellar fuel economy, and is available as a sedan or a hatchback, but those are about its only appealing traits. Its front seats are uncomfortable, and its rear seats provide little legroom. The engine feels underpowered and makes a lot of noise. Furthermore, jolts from rough roads sharply lower the ride quality, and this Mitsubishi earns a below-average predicted reliability rating. You’re better off averting your gaze from this Mirage.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Mirage?

The Mirage's affordable price makes it look appealing from a distance, but its flaws manifest as you get closer. Similarly priced rivals, like the Chevrolet Spark and Ford Fiesta, are much better choices.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Mirage?

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage belongs to a generation that launched for the 2014 model year. However, it took a hiatus for 2016 and returned with extensive updates for 2017, including a new sedan body style to supplement the hatchback. Some other updates included a slight bump in horsepower, new trims, and updated interior and exterior designs. For the 2018 model year, Mitsubishi gave its little vehicle more standard features, including a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. Cruise control became standard for 2019, but no other major changes were made for this model year, so you could get a virtually identical vehicle and save money with a 2018 Mirage.

Visit our reviews of the 2015, 2017, and 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage if you're interested in a used vehicle. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Mitsubishi Mirage in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 26 automotive sources. This Mitsubishi Mirage review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2014 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Mirage Cost?

The entry-level Mitsubishi Mirage ES hatchback has an MSRP of $13,795, making it one of the lowest-priced new vehicles you can buy. Its G4 sedan counterpart starts at $14,795. Retailing for $17,495, the top-level Mirage sedan has a higher price than the top trim of the hatchback, the GT, though it is less expensive than the base trims of rivals like the Toyota Prius c and Volkswagen Beetle.

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Mitsubishi Mirage Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Mirage or Hyundai Accent?

The Hyundai Accent may not be a leader in the subcompact car class, but it gets pretty close. In a side-by-side comparison with the Mirage, the Accent is a significantly better vehicle. Inside, the Accent's cabin feels nicer than the Mirage’s, even though it has some hard plastics. The Hyundai has more available safety features than the Mitsubishi, such as forward collision warning, and the Accent sedan has a bigger trunk than the Mirage G4. The Accent also provides a smoother ride and has a stronger engine. Go with the Hyundai.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Mirage or Nissan Versa?

The Nissan Versa is even more affordable than the Mirage. It’s not much better than the Mitsubishi, but if you have to pick one of these two, choose the Nissan. Compared to the Mirage, the Versa makes more horsepower, has more rear-seat legroom, and has a larger trunk with its sedan variant. While its cabin is subpar, it’s still a step up from the Mitsubishi’s, and the Nissan has a smoother ride as well. Additionally, the Versa's predicted reliability rating is much better than that of the Mirage. There's no contest here; the Versa is the better car.

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Mirage Interior

How Many People Does the Mirage Seat?

Regardless of body style, the four-door Mirage seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Heated front seats, a driver’s seat armrest, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. A rear-seat center armrest is standard in the sedan but unavailable in the hatchback.

The front seats are well-cushioned, but the awkward seat position and limited adjustments make it difficult to get comfortable. The rear seats are overly firm, and a lack of legroom makes them feel tight.

Mirage and Car Seats

The Mitsubishi Mirage has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a third tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the highest rating of Good for ease of use. 

Mirage Interior Quality

This Mitsubishi’s interior material quality is subpar. Hard plastics and low-rent surfaces litter the cabin.

Mirage Cargo Space

The Mirage G4 sedan has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk. The hatchback has 17.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a total of 47 cubic feet with them folded down. That’s good for a small hatchback, though the Honda Fit, by way of comparison, has a maximum 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Mirage Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the base Mitsubishi Mirage ES include a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, and remote keyless entry. Mitsubishi also offers proximity keyless entry, push-button start, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Rockford Fosgate sound system. Upper trims also feature a 6.5-inch touch screen, which is smaller than the one found in the base trim.

The infotainment system is straightforward, and the controls are well-placed for easy access. Smartphone users will appreciate available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Mirage Performance

Mirage Engine: All Bark With Little Bite

Every Mitsubishi Mirage has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 78 horsepower. The base model has a five-speed manual transmission, while a continuously variable automatic transmission, or CVT, is available in the ES and standard in other trims.

The engine struggles – audibly so – and feels significantly underpowered. Don’t expect to accelerate with any haste.

Mirage Gas Mileage: Outstanding

With the CVT, the Mirage G4 sedan earns an EPA-estimated 35 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Hatchbacks do even better, getting 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Those figures are some of the best in the class.

Mirage Ride and Handling: Smooth and Sleepy

Handling in this Mitsubishi varies with body type. Both body lean and road flaws are more pronounced with the hatchback. The G4 sedan feels smoother, but it’s neither as gentle nor as agile as rival vehicles.

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Mirage Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Mirage Reliable?

The 2019 Mirage has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mitsubishi Mirage Warranty

Mitsubishi covers the Mirage with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is one of the longest warranties among subcompact cars.

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Mirage Safety

Mirage Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the hatchback the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. The G4 sedan received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in side crash testing. Otherwise, it has the same scores as the hatchback. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the hatchback four out of five stars overall, with four stars in frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

Mirage Safety Features

Aside from a rearview camera, there are no standard driver assistance features in this Mitsubishi. Rear parking sensors are available, as are front parking sensors, but only in the hatchback.

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Mitsubishi Mirage Dimensions and Weight

The Mirage hatchback measures about 12.5 feet long, and the G4 sedan is about 14.1 feet long. The curb weight ranges from 2.018 to 2,194 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating is between 2,910 and 3,108 pounds. 

Where is the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Built?

Mitsubishi builds the Mirage in the Philippines. 

Which Mitsubishi Mirage Model Is Right for Me?

Mitsubishi offers the Mirage in two body types. The hatchback comes in five trim levels: ES, RF, LE, SE, and GT. The Mirage G4 sedan has three trims: ES, RF, and SE. Trims shared by both body styles correspond to each other in terms of features. Each sedan costs $1,000 more than its hatchback counterpart.

Most shoppers will want to skip the base trim and step up to the LE for its added smartphone connectivity features.

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

The Mitsubishi Mirage ES hatchback has a base MSRP of $13,795. The G4 sedan ES starts at $14,795. Both trims have a five-speed manual transmission, a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and remote keyless entry. The G4 also has a standard rear-seat center armrest and a pass-through connecting the trunk and rear seats. 

Rear parking sensors are available in the G4 for $395, while front and rear parking sensors can be added to the hatchback for $480. Both body types offer a Rockford Fosgate premium stereo for $595 and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for $1,200. 

Mitsubishi Mirage RF

The Mitsubishi Mirage RF hatchback starts at $15,490 ($16,490 for the sedan). It's equipped identically to the ES but adds the CVT and Rockford Fosgate stereo listed above.

Mitsubishi Mirage LE

The Mitsubishi LE starts at $15,845 and can only be had as a hatchback. It features the CVT, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a smaller 6.5-inch touch screen, heated front seats, a driver’s seat armrest, and alloy wheels.

Other than the CVT, the LE has the same options as the ES.

Mitsubishi Mirage SE

The Mitsubishi Mirage SE hatchback has an MSRP of $16,495, while the sedan retails for $17,495. Both build on the LE’s equipment list with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and fog lights.

Rear parking sensors and a Rockford Fosgate premium stereo are available in both body styles. You can opt for remote start for $545. Front parking sensors can only be added in the hatchback.

Mitsubishi Mirage GT

The top-of-the-line Mitsubishi Mirage GT has a base price of $16,995. It adds minor sporty tweaks, including automatic high beams, two-tone alloy wheels, and exterior restyling.

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The Final Call

Although a lengthy warranty and affordable price help the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage appear to be a good value, it isn't. Hard plastics in the cabin, uncomfortable seats, and a short list of standard and available advanced safety features all leave it feeling cheap. Additionally, acceleration is leisurely at best, and the hatchback version has a harsh ride. If this vehicle’s low starting price makes it an appealing option for you, look at the even cheaper Nissan Versa sedan or a used car instead. This Mitsubishi is just not worth considering.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is a car that, name notwithstanding, is just what it appears to be: an inexpensive hatchback suited for basic travel. Closer inspection and even brief seat time further reveal that the Mirage, in reality, lacks the power and refinement of any of its nearest competitors. The main reason to consider buying a Mirage is price. While the price may look right, just know that the Mirage is one of the least appealing new cars to drive. In a very real sense, you're getting what you pay for." -- Edmunds
  • "Among the many subcompact cars one can buy, the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan wouldn't be our first picks. Why? Because while perks like a frugal 3-cylinder engine and the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto impress, in just about every other category that matters the Mirage comes up short." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The base sedan starts at $14,830 – a number easy enough to swallow if that's all you're buying – but the G4 SE version that I drove stickered out at $17,830. … Even among small hatches turned into sedans, the Ford Fiesta and the Chevy Sonic offer far better road manners and more capable engines." -- Autoweek (2017)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: December 12, 2019

Rising Sales: Sales of the Mitsubishi Mirage rank in the upper third of the subcompact car segment, and dealerships have moved 11.7 percent more models so far in 2019 compared to the same period last year. Still, the segment sales-leading Nissan Versa is outselling the Mirage more than 2 to 1.

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