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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage’s engine makes more noise than power. The car has clumsy handling, a cheaply made cabin, and the lowest predicted reliability rating possible. As such, it places quite low in our subcompact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Terrific fuel economy
  • Humdrum, low-rent cabin
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Anemic engine
  • Sloppy handling




Critics' Rating: 5.6
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 8.4
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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage a Good Used Car?

With so many good alternatives, we cannot recommend the Mitsubishi Mirage. Although its gas mileage is impressive, others in the class are almost as efficient. The Mirage’s poor reliability is a major concern, especially for used car shoppers. A low-rent cabin and unrefined performance are constant reminders that you’re in an economy car. For a similar price, you can do much better.

Used 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Mirage comes standard with a 74-horsepower 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Mirage has noisy, poky acceleration with either transmission, but CVT-equipped models are noticeably slower. The car’s small size and light power steering enable it to maneuver tight spots with ease. The Mirage has a stable ride but too much body lean around turns. Its fuel economy is excellent for a nonhybrid subcompact car: 33-36 mpg in the city and 41-42 mpg on the highway.

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The four-door, five-seat Mirage hatchback has a cheaply made cabin with boring econobox styling, but its comfortable seats are roomy enough to accommodate normal-sized adults in both rows. The tilt steering wheel lacks a telescoping function, which makes it hard for some folks to find the best driving position. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat. The Mirage has 17.2 cubic feet of storage space that expands to an impressive 47 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats.

The base Mitsubishi Mirage DE trim comes equipped with several features, including automatic climate control – rarely standard in subcompact cars – and a USB port. Upgrades include a navigation system and Bluetooth Audio, and the climate controls are easy to use.

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Used 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Prices

Pricing ranges from about $8,500 for a used Mitsubishi Mirage DE with a manual transmission to around $9,800 for the RF trim with a CVT. A model’s price depends on its demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 17 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 17 Mirage reviews alongside hard data like fuel economy estimates and safety scores to help you make the decision that’s right for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage has the lowest predicted reliability rating possible from J.D. Power & Associates.

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How Safe Is the Mirage?

The Mirage has mostly good safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest score of Good in all tests except the small overlap front test, in which the car earned the lowest score of Poor. This test records how the car responds in a collision with an object like a tree or the front corner of another vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mirage a four out of five overall safety rating.

The Mirage is available with a rearview camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. These features are typical for a subcompact car.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mirage?

After a 12-year hiatus, Mitsubishi reintroduced the Mirage for the 2014 model year. There were no major changes for 2015. The Mirage skipped the 2016 model year and reemerged for 2017 with a new sedan version, revised interior and exterior styling, and a slight boost of 4 horsepower. Opt for the 2014 model to get many of the 2015 Mirage’s features at a lower price.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Mirage Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in three trim levels: DE, RF, and ES. The DE offers a good amount of features: a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, and automatic climate control. The RF and ES models give you even more. The RF comes with a Rockford Fosgate audio system, 14-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Mitsubishi Mirage ES doesn’t have the audio system, but it adds push-button start, silver-colored interior accents, cruise control, and fog lights. Some ES models have a navigation system, which features a rearview camera.

With the Mirage’s poor predicted reliability rating, you should consider a certified pre-owned model. Mitsubishi CPO 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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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2015 Toyota Yaris?

Compared to the Mirage, the Toyota Yaris has a higher predicted reliability rating and a nicer interior. The Yaris isn’t as fuel-efficient as the Mirage, but it has adequate power and stable handling, unlike its Mitsubishi counterpart. Both hatchbacks have good passenger space among subcompact cars, but the Yaris is the better automobile.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2015 Nissan Versa?

Like the Mirage, the evenly matched Nissan Versa has a noisy engine, meager power, and a low-quality interior. However, the Versa earns a better reliability rating, provides a smoother ride, and offers more rear-seat legroom than the Mirage, making it a better people mover. Still, the Mirage is more fuel-efficient and earns better safety scores. It also has more standard features, like automatic climate control, power windows, and power door locks.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2015 Chevrolet Sonic?

While the Mirage has better fuel economy, the Chevrolet Sonic is a better car in just about every other way. The Sonic offers better performance, thanks to its base engine, a lively available turbocharged engine, and agile handling. Also, it earned higher safety and predicted reliability scores than the Mirage. The Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback body styles, and it offers just about as much passenger room as the Mirage. Finding a good driving position is easier in the Sonic, as it has a telescoping wheel.

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