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2020 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the lowest-rated vehicles in the subcompact car class, or any class really. Its very few attributes are outweighed by its many cons, which include a poor predicted reliability rating, a bouncy ride, and low-quality interior materials.

Pros & Cons

  • Below-average base price
  • Great gas mileage figures
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Minimal safety tech
  • Low-rate interior materials
  • Abysmal predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage's #8 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Mitsubishi Mirage has a score of 4.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 31 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 2.9
Performance: 4.7
Interior: 5.0
Safety: 8.2
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 Is the Mitsubishi Mirage a Good Car?

No, the Mirage is not a good car. It has a low starting price, good fuel economy, a long warranty, and an easy-to-use infotainment system, but that’s where the positives end. This car is severely underpowered with just 78 horsepower, plus it has a low-rent cabin, hardly any standard or available active safety features, and a tight rear seat.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Mirage?

No, you should not buy the Mitsubishi Mirage. It doesn't cost as much as most of the competition, but that's evident in its build quality, features list, and lack of engine power. Several subcompact cars, like the Honda Fit and Kia Rio, have nicer cabin materials, better predicted reliability ratings, and more enjoyable rides.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Mirage?

The 2020 Mirage is part of a generation that began with the 2014 model year, and there have been several notable changes since then.

For 2017, Mitsubishi updated the exterior styling, introduced a sedan body style, and made Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available. A 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera became standard for 2018. The Mirage gained standard cruise control for the 2019 model year and standard automatic climate control for 2020.

We don’t recommend purchasing the Mirage, but if you do plan on buying one, the 2018 model is the best choice. It comes with nearly the same number of features as a new Mirage and will likely cost less money.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Mirage, 2018 Mirage, and 2019 Mirage reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 29 Mitsubishi Mirage reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2020 Mirage review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2014 model year.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Mirage Cost?

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback has a starting price of $13,995, which is one of the lowest in the class. The G4 sedan starts at $14,995. The top hatchback GT trim costs $17,295, while the top Mirage sedan goes for $17,745. That's close to or less than the base prices of several class rivals.

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Mitsubishi Mirage Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Mirage or Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit is one of the most well-rounded vehicles in the subcompact car class. In fact, we named it our 2020 Best Subcompact Car for the Money because of its combination of quality and value. It packs a four-cylinder engine that's stronger than the Mirage's three-cylinder, yet it gets similarly good gas mileage estimates. Additionally, the Fit has a much nicer cabin than the Mirage, as well as more passenger and cargo space. The Honda is also available with many more safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Mirage or Kia Rio?

The Kia Rio has sportier handling and a more stable ride than the Mirage. Additionally, it comes with a peppier engine, strong fuel economy estimates, and a much better predicted reliability rating. Add in a more attractive cabin, and it’s easy to see why the Rio is the winner here.

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Mirage Interior

How Many People Does the Mirage Seat?

The Mirage can seat up to five people in two rows. The front seats are roomy for a subcompact car, but their lack of support makes them uncomfortable on longer drives. There's a decent amount of head- and shoulder room in the back, but legroom is tight. Also, you have to move up from the base trim to get an armrest for the driver's seat.

Mirage and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The system is easy to use.

Mirage Interior Quality

You get what you pay for in the Mirage, which isn’t much. The budget-friendly Mirage is filled with low-rent materials and hard plastics throughout its cabin.

Mirage Cargo Space

There's 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space in the Mirage G4 sedan. Hatchback models have 17.1 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 47 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. These numbers are respectable for the class.

Mirage Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard infotainment system features user-friendly touch and physical controls. The Mirage also has a solid number of features for its price point. It comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The upgraded infotainment system features a slightly smaller touch screen (6.5 inches), but it gains Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system.

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

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Mirage Performance

Mirage Engine: Disappointing

The Mirage features a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces just 78 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. This Mitsubishi barely has enough power to keep up with other vehicles on the road, and acceleration on the highway is frustratingly slow. Also, the Mirage makes a lot of noise when it's pushed hard, especially when it’s paired with the CVT. The only good thing about this setup is that it helps the Mirage return excellent fuel economy estimates.

Mirage Gas Mileage: Among the Best

The Mirage G4 sedan with the CVT delivers an EPA-estimated 35 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Hatchback models get 1 additional mpg in the city and 2 additional mpg on the highway. These figures are great for the subcompact car class.

Mirage Ride and Handling: Maneuverable City Car

The front-wheel-drive Mirage's tight turning radius and small size make it easy to navigate busy city streets and fit into tight parking spots. However, you'll notice quite a bit of body lean when taking corners, especially in hatchback models. And while its ride is compliant over smooth pavement, it gets rather bumpy over uneven roads.

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Mirage Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Mirage Reliable?

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage has a bad predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

Mitsubishi Mirage Warranty

The Mirage is covered with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Mirage Safety

Mirage Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Mirage hatchback an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 G4 sedan the highest rating of Good in three crash tests, the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the side crash test, and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front driver-side crash test.

Mirage Safety Features

The Mirage does not offer much in the way of active safety tech. It comes standard with a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are available. Front parking sensors are optional in hatchback models. Most rivals have more standard and available safety features.

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Mirage Dimensions and Weight

The Mirage is roughly 12.4 to 14.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,029 to 2,194 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage Built?

Mitsubishi builds the 2020 Mirage in Thailand.

Which Mitsubishi Mirage Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Both variants come in ES, LE, and SE trims, and there's also a hatchback-only GT trim.

The LE trim has the best combination of features and price, as it adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as an armrest for the driver's seat.

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

The entry-level ES hatchback starts at $13,995, while the ES sedan starts at $14,995. Both ES models feature a five-speed manual transmission and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A rearview camera, remote keyless entry, and automatic climate control are also standard. The G4 sedan also has a rear-seat pass-through and center armrest.

In both models, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) costs $1,200.

Mitsubishi Mirage LE

The LE hatchback has a starting price of $16,195, while the LE sedan starts at $17,195. Both models gain a CVT, heated front seats, a driver's seat armrest, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and alloy wheels. The LE also comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Mitsubishi Mirage SE

The SE hatchback has a base price of $16,745, and the SE sedan starts at $17,745. Both come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and fog lights.

Mitsubishi Mirage GT

The hatchback-only GT trim retails for $17,295. It gains two-tone alloy wheels and automatic high-beam headlights.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage has a below-average base price and superb fuel economy estimates, but that's not enough to overcome its many negatives. The Mirage has an underpowered engine, excessive body lean around corners, and a terrible predicted reliability rating. There are better options in the subcompact car class.

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

  • "The Mirage impresses with its low price and strong fuel economy, but rival models offer a much more refined package." -- Car and Driver
  • "If you’re not worried about tepid acceleration and passing power, advanced safety equipment or the sedan’s fixed rear seatback, the ... Mitsubishi Mirage offers efficient, affordable transportation at a really good price." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2019) 


Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 9, 2020

Sinking Sales: Sales of the Mitsubishi Mirage have placed in the middle of the subcompact car segment this year, with dealerships moving 34.5 percent fewer models to begin the year in 2020 relative to the same span in 2019. Segment sales leaders like the Honda Fit and the Chevrolet Spark are each outselling the Mirage by 64 percent and 73 percent this year, respectively.

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