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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage may have one of the lowest total cost of ownership scores in its segment, but its underpowered engine, below-average predicted reliability rating, and mediocre interior pull it toward the bottom of the subcompact car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Used-car prices among lowest in the class
  • Below-average ownership costs
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Impressive warranty and certified pre-owned program
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Sparse list of advanced safety options
  • Weak and unrefined powertrain
  • Few optional features

New for 2018

  • Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touch screen became standard




Critics' Rating: 5.2
Performance: 5.5
Interior: 5.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.4
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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

Is the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage a Good Used Car?

The Mirage is an OK subcompact car if a budget-friendly price tag and low ownership costs are your top concerns. Beyond these savings, though, the Mirage struggles to keep up with its rivals. Mitsubishi’s certified pre-owned program is one of the best among affordable car manufacturers, which is good given the Mirage's subpar predicted reliability rating.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage has numerous strengths:

  • Rock-bottom prices
  • Projected five-year ownership costs well below class average
  • Lots of cargo space with hatchback body style
  • Superb fuel economy

But these are overshadowed by its faults:

  • One of the lowest predicted reliability ratings in the segment
  • Few advanced safety features available
  • Limited seating adjustments for the driver
  • Firm rear seats
  • Underpowered engine drones loudly
  • Unrefined ride quality
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Mitsubishi Mirage review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 25 sources for our full review and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Based on listings for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage on our site, the average price is $11,400, which is one of the lowest in the class. Prices range from $9,200 to $13,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Cost to Own?

The 2018 Mirage’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $18,200, or $3,640 per year. That’s below average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mirage?

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage comes standard with cruise control, but there are otherwise no major gains between a new Mirage and the 2018 model. You are likely to save money by purchasing a 2018 model, and you'll drive home a car that's nearly identical to the latest model.

Read about the new Mitsubishi Mirage »

The current Mirage generation was launched for 2014. For 2017, a new sedan body style joined the lineup, along with refreshed styling, new trim levels, and a more powerful engine. Improvements for 2018 included new standard features, such as a rearview camera and a touch-screen infotainment display.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage:

  • Air bags may not deploy in a crash due to faulty software

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Mirage Trim Is Right for Me?

For 2018, the five-door Mirage hatchback comes in three trim levels: ES, SE, and GT. The four-door G4 sedan is available in two trims: ES and SE. Every Mirage has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard in all trims except the base, though the CVT is available in the ES in place of its standard five-speed manual transmission.

We recommend the SE. Its conveniences include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and proximity keyless entry. It's also a bit nicer inside, thanks to leather trimmings and automatic climate control.

  • Mitsubishi Mirage ES: The base ES trim is available as a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan. Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo system, a USB port, and a rearview camera.
  • Mitsubishi Mirage SE: You also have the choice between a hatchback and a sedan in the SE. This midlevel trim comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a proximity key, push-button start, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
  • Mitsubishi Mirage GT: The top-of-the-line GT trim is available only as a hatchback. Among its few added features are heated front seats, larger tires, and GT badging.

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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?

In evaluations conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2018 Mirage hatchback received the highest rating of Good in four tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front crash test. The G4 sedan received three Good ratings, the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the side impact test, and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. Because forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are not available in this subcompact car, the Mirage does not get a front crash prevention rating.

The Mirage hatchback received an overall safety rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA did not test the sedan body style.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • front and rear parking sensors

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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2018 Ford Fiesta?

The 2018 Ford Fiesta is a much better car than the Mirage. It's fun to drive, with peppy acceleration and nimble handling. Like the Mirage, the Fiesta comes in both hatchback and sedan body styles, though the Ford's interior boasts high-quality materials and modern styling. The Fiesta also has an above-average predicted reliability rating. You'll pay about $2,000 more for a Ford Fiesta, but the extra green is worth it.

Which Is Better: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2018 Nissan Versa?

Like the Mirage, the 2018 Nissan Versa ranks toward the bottom of the subcompact car class, partly because of its below-average safety and predicted reliability ratings. Between these two, Mitsubishi offers a better warranty and certified pre-owned program. However, neither car is a great choice, and better alternatives are available.

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2018 Mirage Performance

How Does the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Drive?

The Mirage doesn't feel very polished. Its powertrain, though fuel-efficient, is anemic and loud. On the highway, the sedan feels more comfortable and composed than the hatchback, but both lag behind most of the competition when it comes to ride comfort.

  • Base engine: 78-horsepower 1.2-liter three-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard five-speed manual; available continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Mirage hatchback has one of the best fuel economy ratings among nonhybrid cars. The sedan doesn’t do as well, but its numbers are still high for the class.

  • Hatchback: 37/43 mpg city/highway
  • Sedan: 35/41 mpg

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2018 Mirage Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Mirage Seat?

The 2018 Mirage seats five people on cloth upholstery. It has a decent amount of room inside, but the seats aren't very comfortable. The front seats and the steering wheel have limited adjustments, and the rear seats' cushions aren't very plush.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • four-way manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • heated front seats
  • six-way adjustable driver's seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The 2018 Mirage has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. Because the anchors are easy to find and use, it earned the highest rating of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Features

Every Mirage comes with a touch-screen infotainment system. The interface is uncomplicated, and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps quickly integrate with your smartphone.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a four-speaker stereo, and a CD player
  • Available infotainment features: premium Rockford Fosgate audio system and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Other available features: automatic climate control, a proximity key, and push-button start

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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Dimensions

Mitsubishi Mirage Cargo Space

The Mirage hatchback has lots of cargo space for a subcompact car, with 17.2 cubic feet behind the back seats and 47 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. There is 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space in the Mirage G4 sedan. Its seats don’t fold down, but there is a pass-through to accommodate skis and other long items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Length and Weight
  • Length: 12 feet, 5.4 inches to 14 feet, 1.5 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,018 to 2,194 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 2,910 to 3,108 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Built?

Mitsubishi built the Mirage in the Philippines.


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