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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks at the back of the subcompact car class. The Mirage has sluggish acceleration, a low-quality interior, mediocre safety ratings, and poor predicted reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • High fuel economy
  • User-friendly touch screen
  • Low-quality interior
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Loud, buzzy engine
  • Poor predicted reliability rating

New for 2017

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
  • Restyled exterior
  • Sedan body style available




Critics' Rating: 5.4
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 5.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 8.4
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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage a Good Used Car?

The Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t a good option if you’re shopping for a used subcompact car. The Mirage’s buzzy engine struggles to get the car up to speed, and it drones loudly on the highway. The interior looks and feels low-quality, and the seats aren’t comfortable. Worse still, the Mirage has a poor predicted reliability rating, and its safety scores are merely average. These drawbacks vastly overshadow the Mirage’s high fuel economy and rock-bottom used car prices. Consider better alternatives like the 2017 Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, and Toyota Yaris iA before you buy.

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How Much Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage?

You can expect to pay between $8,000 and $14,000 for a used 2017 Mirage. These figures are based on more than 400 listings for the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage on our site. The average list price is $10,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Cost to Own?

The Mirage’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $18,200 – or around $3,650 per year. That’s lower than average for the subcompact car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mirage?

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage starts at $13,395. You can save thousands by shopping for a used 2017 model without missing out on any new features. (The only update for the 2018 Mirage is the addition of a slightly larger touch screen.) Despite these savings, there are far better options in this class to consider.

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You won’t find many new cars that cost less than a used Mirage, but spend a bit more money, and you'll have much better – yet still affordable – options. The 2018 Kia Rio starts at just $13,900, and it boasts a higher-quality interior and better driving dynamics. The 2018 Toyota Yaris starts at $15,635, and it’s packed with lots of standard safety features like forward collision warning (a feature the Mirage doesn’t even offer).

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Which Model Year of the Mitsubishi Mirage Is Best?

Mitsubishi launched the current generation of the Mirage for 2014. No model from this generation is a great used car option. That said, if you are set on buying a used Mirage, there are a few things to know. The Mirage went relatively unchanged over the 2014 and 2015 model years and skipped the 2016 model year altogether.

The Mirage’s most significant updates arrived for 2017, making this car somewhat more accommodating. These changes included support for the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, a new G4 sedan variant, and a restyled exterior. Updates for 2018 are minimal, though the Mirage now comes standard with a larger touch screen, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The 2017 Mirage has a poor predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 Mirage. Mitsubishi is recalling models due to misaligned headlights and a software fault that could prevent the airbags from deploying in a crash. Before buying a used Mirage, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Mirage Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Mirage is available in three trim levels: ES, SE, and GT. Most shoppers will want to skip the base model ES because it’s not very well-equipped. The Mitsubishi Mirage ES has an AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB port, air conditioning, cloth seats, remote keyless entry, power windows, and steel wheels.

The Mitsubishi Mirage SE trim adds a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, push-button start, cruise control, automatic climate control, heated front seats (sedan only), and alloy wheels. The Mitsubishi Mirage GT trim (hatchback only) adds heated front seats as well.

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What Does Mitsubishi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mitsubishi offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Each CPO Mitsubishi must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

Mitsubishi has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers. Only Mini’s, Kia’s, Buick’s, and Smart's are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Mirage?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Mirage hatchback a four-star rating (out of five) in all areas tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mirage a Marginal score for small overlap front crash safety, an Acceptable score for side impact safety, and a top score of Good in all other tests.

The Mirage comes with a rearview camera and parking sensors. No other advanced safety features are available.

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2017 Nissan Versa?

The 2017 Nissan Versa borrows from the same playbook as the Mirage. Both compete on their low price point. Ultimately, neither is a great option in this class for many of the same reasons. The Mirage and Versa have unrefined engines that provide sluggish acceleration. Both have cheap cabin materials, uncomfortable seats, and mediocre safety scores. You’re better off with something other than these two vehicles.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2017 Honda Fit?

By stark comparison, the 2017 Honda Fit is one of the best options in the subcompact car class. The Fit has an exceptionally roomy back seat and a large cargo area. It boasts nicer interior materials than the Mirage and rates higher for predicted reliability. The Fit also provides comparably high fuel economy (up to 33/40 mpg) with sprightlier acceleration.

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2017 Mirage Performance

How Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Drive?

The 2017 Mirage has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine with 78 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. This tiny engine struggles to get the Mirage up to speed in city driving and offers meager passing power on the highway. Both transmissions feel unrefined as well, and they cause the engine to buzz and groan under hard acceleration. The Mirage’s body leans clumsily around turns, and its light steering feels overresponsive. However, the suspension smooths out bumps and dips nicely, and the car’s tight turning circle makes it a cinch to park.

Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Mirage gets great fuel economy for a subcompact car. It returns an EPA-rated 37 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway when paired with the CVT and up to 33/41 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission.

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2017 Mirage Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Mirage Seat?

The Mirage is available in two body styles: a four-door sedan (G4) and a five-door hatchback. Both have five seats. The front seats aren’t supportive, and the driving position is awkward for taller folks. The rear seats are minimally padded, making them uncomfortable for longer road trips. Rear legroom is slim for adults, though kids and younger teens should find ample space. Cloth seats are standard; heated front seats are available. The Mirage’s cabin truly reflects its cheap pricing. The upholstery looks and feels low-rent, and most surfaces are covered with hard plastics. The interior is loud at highway speeds because of tire, wind, and engine noise.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The Mirage has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup a Good rating for its ease of use.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Features

The 2017 Mirage comes standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, and a USB port. Available features include a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. This infotainment system is one of the car’s few highlights. The audio and climate control buttons are easy to use, while the touch screen has crisp graphics and a straightforward menu structure. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to sync your smartphone’s apps and functions.

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Dimensions

Mitsubishi Mirage Cargo Space

The Mirage G4 sedan has a slim 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space. The Mirage hatchback has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 47 cubic feet with these seats folded, which is rather spacious for a subcompact car.

2017 Mirage Length and Weight

The Mirage sedan is 14.1 feet long with a curb weight of between 2,106 and 2,194 pounds. The Mirage hatchback is 12.5 feet long, and its weight ranges between 2,018 and 2,117 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Built?

The 2017 Mirage was built in Thailand and the Philippines.

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