Great fuel economy; generous features; easy to park; useful cargo capacity
Still slow and noisy; ride and handling still below average
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.
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.
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.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
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.