2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

Original MSRP Range
$13,395 - $16,595
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
33 - 37 MPG City / 41 - 43 MPG Hwy
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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

What We Like

Great fuel economy; generous features; easy to park; useful cargo capacity

What We Don't

Still slow and noisy; ride and handling still below average

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.7/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The entry level trim, ES, receives an upgraded infotainment system that includes Bluetooth audio, phone streaming and a new 7-inch touchscreen. A rearview camera becomes standard throughout the range. The SE and GT trims now have armrests for the driver's seat.

Which Mirage is the Best?

Assuming most buyers will want the automatic transmission (a $1,200 option in the ES), they might as well stretch to the SE model for the extra equipment. Don't limit your choices just to the Mitsubishi Mirage, though. There are several alternatives that could be more suitable. Sometimes buying the cheapest is not always the best call.

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How Much Does a 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Cost?

The 5-seater 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback comes in ES, SE and GT trim levels.

ES ($14,260) starts with 14-in steel wheels, LED taillights, rear spoiler, power windows/locks/mirrors, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a steering wheel that adjusts only for tilt, manual 4-way adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, rearview camera, Bluetooth, 7-in touchscreen plus a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio input and a USB port.

SE ($16,960) adds 14-in alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, fog lamps, manual 6-way adjustable driver's seat with armrest, manual 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, automatic climate control and cruise control. The infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and a 6.5-in touchscreen.

GT ($17,460) brings 15-in alloy wheels, heated front seats and bi-xenon HID headlights.

Options include blue LED interior lighting, Park Assist package (front and rear parking sensors), cargo mat, cargo net and a 300-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Cargo space is a Mirage specialty, measuring 17.2 cu ft. behind the rear seats and a generous 47 cu ft. when those seats are folded down.

Mirage Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Mirage ES CVT$14,595 / $14,2763 Cylinder7837 / 435-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Mirage ES Manual$13,395 / $13,1023 Cylinder78N/A5-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Mirage GT CVT$16,595 / $16,2333 Cylinder7837 / 43Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Mirage SE CVT$16,095 / $15,7443 Cylinder7837 / 43Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Mitsubishi Mirage Safety

Is the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage a Safe Car?

The Mirage comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (discs up front; drums at the rear), stability control, hill-start assist and seven airbags (front, front side, driver knee and full-length side curtain).

In government crash tests, the Mirage earned four out of five stars overall, with five stars for side impact protection and four stars for rollover safety. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2018 Mirage its highest rating of Good in four out of five main categories, but the (tricky) small-overlap frontal impact test resulted in the second-lowest rating of Marginal on the driver's side. It hasn't been subjected to that same test on the passenger side.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion7 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Orange Colorline

Competition

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage vs the competition

2018 Chevrolet Spark -- More enjoyable to drive than the Mirage and with a nicer interior.

2018 Ford Fiesta -- Again, more fun for drivers. And its excellent fuel economy (with the turbocharged 3-cylinder engine) compares well with the Mirage's, albeit at a higher price.

2018 Nissan Versa Note -- If passenger space is a priority, the Versa Note offers ample headroom and a massive back seat.

2018 Toyota Yaris -- Has a far more pleasant interior than the Mirage, and its engine has greater pep.

Used Ford Focus -- More space and a generally well-executed car. It won't have such good fuel economy, though.

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