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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 5.9

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage has one of the lowest interior scores in our subcompact car rankings. Low-quality materials are the cause of many of its issues, resulting in a cabin that feels cut-rate and seats that provide little comfort or adjustability. Its few bright spots include a straightforward layout for controls, the addition of smartphone integration in uplevel trims, and a decent amount of cargo room.

  • "The interior is still nothing to write home about. There are plenty of cut corners and exposed bolts, and some items like the sun visors could have been made vastly better for not a lot of money. Still, the interior appears to be pretty well screwed together. The housing of the automatic gear shifter is not flimsy and won't sway back and forth if you bump it with your leg, and the quality of most of the plastics is better than that of a VHS tape." -- Autoweek
  • "[The] Mirage feels cheap inside and out. Only the seats and steering-wheel rim are padded; even the door armrests are hard plastic." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although its materials quality has been improved for 2017, the Mirage still doesn't match up to the standards in this segment. Most surfaces are hard plastic and not particularly pleasant to touch or look at." -- Edmunds

Seating

Standard seating features in the 2017 Mirage include room for five people, cloth upholstery, and four-way manually adjustable front seats. There are very few seating options available, but you can upgrade to heated front seats and a six-way adjustable driver's seat. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are also available.

The Mirage isn't very pleasant to ride in for anything longer than a short trip. Few adjustments for the steering wheel and seat result in an uncomfortable driving position. Compounding the malaise are high windows and a low roof, which equal poor visibility. Passengers will similarly have a hard time feeling relaxed, especially in the back seat, where you'll find little legroom and unyielding seat cushions.

  • "The lack of a telescoping steering wheel might make it a little difficult for some drivers to get comfortable behind the wheel, but taller folks should find enough head- and legroom … In the rear, headroom and shoulder room are limited, and average-size adults will likely find the quarters cramped. In addition, the rear bench is quite flat, with minimal cushioning." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite being a small bubble with an engine and trunk front and back, visibility is not great in the Mirage. The sloped hood drops off at a steep angle, like in a Prius, and the inability to adjust the seat up or down makes it a little difficult to judge tight spaces. The fact that the front and rear glass is relatively high on the shoulder line makes rear visibility a bit restricted as well, though not for backing up – there is a camera for that (and it's no longer a giant, glued-on bulge on the trunk lid)." -- Autoweek
  • "Space is limited for both passengers and cargo, which should be expected in a car this small. What might not be expected is that the steering wheel tilts but doesn't telescope, and the sun visor doesn't extend when swung to the side, which leaves eight inches of the window uncovered." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2017 Mirage comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and a CD player. An upgraded infotainment system is available, which adds a 6.5-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other available features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, single-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, and push-button start.

The infotainment controls are easy to reach and use, and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Mirage's list of options is appreciated.

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  • "All the essential controls are easily accessible and simple to use." -- Edmunds
  • "There are improvements to the graphic displays faced by drivers. Gone-mostly-are the flaring orange digital readouts for the odometer and radio from the earlier Mirage. The test SE came standard with a colorful 6.5-inch touchscreen that allows clear display of audio, navigation, and other apps from the smartphone link, and newly added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. Only the window that shows climate-system info still has an orange glow." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Improvements to the interior this year include piano-black accents, an upgraded and surprisingly good infotainment system, and a few other bits of trim here and there." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2017 Mirage has a respectable amount of cargo room. In the hatchback, there's 17.2 cubic feet behind the seats and 47 cubic feet overall when you lay the back seat down. Folding the seat doesn't leave you with a flat cargo floor, unfortunately, which limits usability somewhat. The Mirage G4 sedan has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk and doesn't come with a folding back seat.

  • There's decent grocery-bag room behind the rear seats, but folding the rear seat backs to expand the space leaves a 4-inch step, and the backs don't lie flat." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With the rear seats in place, the Mirage offers a respectable 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space. With the seats folded down, capacity increases to 47 cubic feet: a good number for this class." -- Edmunds

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