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2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Performance Review


Performance: 4.3

The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage excels in fuel economy but not much else. Acceleration is tepid at best, the engine is noisy, and the ride feels unsettled, particularly with the hatchback. 

  • If you can accept a fair amount of body roll, the Mirage turns in with reasonable quickness and is a nimble car around town." -- Edmunds
  • As with in-town driving manners, the sedan improves upon the hatch's highway performance, but not by much. The floaty ride filters out more road imperfections, but it still comes with an impressive level of wind, road and cabin noise, though a couple of notches below that of the hatch, I have noted. Overtaking is still something that requires some concentration and a healthy dose of realism, but overall, the sedan seems more able to execute some fairly tame maneuvers." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "Unfortunately, the noisy and leisurely acceleration aren't the end of dynamic problems. The steering's on-center feel is so bad you have to physically bring it back to center to ensure you don't just keep turning in a broad arc. The suspension bounces over larger bumps, and the Mirage leans heavily even in moderate corners." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The Mirage has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that puts out 78 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, while a continuously variable automatic transmission, or CVT, is available.

This engine feels lethargic but sounds raucous. The Mirage is slow to accelerate to highway speeds, and it has difficulty passing other cars.

With the CVT, the Mirage earns up to 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the best estimates in the class. 

  • "It takes everything this 1.2-liter engine has, and then some, just to keep up. Merging onto a highway is almost hazardous. And acceleration, once at highway speeds, is glacial." -- Edmunds
  • The engine's primary duty is saving fuel, and it does this admirably. The downside is that this isn't the most elegant powertrain. The engine vibrates noticeably at idle -- although it's better than it was before -- and at full throttle it sings a raspy, groaning song that will discourage exploring the reach of the gas pedal. Unfortunately, even if you just want to keep up with traffic leaving a stoplight, you'll need to floor it, which of course hurts fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • A 1.2-liter three-cylinder provides the power, driving the front wheels; in the sedan, this unit feels marginally smoother than in the hatch. Getting rolling still produces an intensely coarse and loud buzzing noise, but the Sport Mode (yes, there is a Sport Mode) seems to help with overtaking maneuvers despite producing an even greater amount of noise and plenty of revving." -- Autoweek (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Mitsubishi Mirage sedan has a better ride quality than its hatchback counterpart, which can feel firm and harsh. Regardless of body type though, long stretches of broken pavement unsettle this car, and it leans around corners. Its steering can also feel overly sensitive. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is not available.

  • The Mirage dispatches speed humps and singular highway dips with ease thanks to a fairly compliant suspension. But over an undulating surface, the Mirage shows itself to be underdamped, bounding up and down and even side to side. Broken surfaces can shake the little car pretty hard." -- Edmunds
  • Our 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan exhibited a smooth ride and strong brakes. Unfortunately, the steering's on-center feel is so poor we physically had to return the wheel to center or run the risk of continuing in whichever direction the Mirage was last pointed. On rough pavement, the Mirage's suspension is quite bouncy and the car leans heavily even in moderate corners." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Surprisingly, the Mirage sedan improves on some but not all of the Mirage hatch's long list of issues. The biggest improvement is the ride, which is no longer harsh and serves up decent damping in addition to generous helpings of body roll. The suspension soaks up broken pavement with less noise and fairly decent cushioning, along with some float. The steering setup also feels a little more balanced in the Mirage sedan, though the tail still has a tendency to overreact upon quick steering inputs below highway speeds." -- Autoweek (2017)
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