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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks low in its class due to a poor reliability rating, a shortage of passing power, and unpleasant handling. 

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Great maneuverability
  • Low reliability rating
  • Meager highway power
  • Low cornering limits




Critics' Rating: 6.2
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.7
Safety: 8.2
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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

Is the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage a Good Used Car?

With so many better options, the Mirage is the last subcompact car you should buy. Although it boasts excellent fuel economy and is easy to maneuver in tight spaces, the Mirage has sloppy road manners and little power for overtaking other cars on the highway. Also, it earns one of the lowest reliability ratings in its class.

Used 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Performance and Interior

The Mirage’s 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine produces 74 horsepower. It gets the job done in city driving, but it struggles on the highway. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a continuously variable transmission – a type of automatic – is available. CVT-equipped models are more sluggish but offer better fuel economy than models with the manual transmission. The Mirage returns 33-36 mpg in the city and 41-42 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for a nonhybrid subcompact car. Maneuverability is excellent thanks to the Mirage’s tight turning radius and small proportions. Steering is predictable, but the front-wheel-drive Mirage lacks confidence around turns at speed.

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The Mirage is a five-seat, five-door hatchback. There’s a good amount of space throughout the cabin – even in the rear seats. For car seats, the Mirage has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor on the middle seat.

The interior is teeming with cheap-looking hard plastic. Some models come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob to spice things up. The Mirage offers 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space, expanding to an impressive 47 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats collapsed.

Every model features automatic climate control, keyless entry, and a four-speaker audio system with a USB port. Some used models feature push-button start, a proximity key, navigation, cruise control, and Bluetooth. That’s a good assortment of features for the price, but the Mirage lacks the innovative tech of its rivals. Still, the Mirage’s controls are simple and easy to use.

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Used 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Prices

The base price of a used Mirage is about $7,400. ES models cost a little more (around $8,700). These prices shift with demand and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage sits at the bottom of its class in terms of reliability, with a low rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Mirage?

The Mirage received mixed safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earned the highest score of Good in four out of five crash tests but the lowest rating of Poor in the fifth – the small overlap front test. This test measures the vehicle’s crashworthiness in the event of a collision with an object like a telephone pole or the front corner of another vehicle. Notable safety features include a rearview camera in navigation-equipped models.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mirage?

Mitsubishi brought the Mirage back from grave for the 2014 model year – its first year of production in the U.S. since 2002. The Mirage saw no major changes for 2015 and took a year off for 2016. If you’re considering a 2014 or 2015 Mirage, go with the 2014 model to save some money.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Mirage Is Right for Me?

The base Mirage trim offers some uncommon standard features for an entry-level car at its price point, including automatic climate control and a USB port. However, the Mitsubishi Mirage ES is a better value. It comes with Bluetooth, push-button start, a proximity key, cruise control, and steering-wheel-mounted controls for audio, climate, and Bluetooth functions.

For added peace of mind, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned Mirage. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2014 Toyota Yaris?

Although it can’t match the Mirage’s low price and fuel economy, the Toyota Yaris is a better buy. It has an outstanding reliability rating, decent handling, and spacious passenger and cargo dimensions similar to those of the Mirage. The Yaris comes as either a two- or four-door hatchback. Like the Mirage, the Yaris boasts easy maneuverability and adequate power around town. While the base Yaris doesn’t come with power windows, it does have a few standard features over the Mirage, like Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2014 Chevrolet Spark?

A great alternative to the Mirage is the Chevy Spark. Unlike the Mirage, the Spark has adequate passing power on the highway and zippier handling around town. The Spark is good on gas, but it can’t quite match the efficient Mirage’s fuel economy. However, the Spark is available as a plug-in electric vehicle, giving you freedom from the gas pump. Compared to the Mirage, the Spark has better safety ratings and a more stylish interior.

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