2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
It's easy to let all the little stresses of everyday life pile up and turn into a massive, unmanageable mess. You eventually need to take a break to put everything back together. Go on vacation. Regroup. Recharge. That's exactly what Mitsubishi did with the Mirage subcompact hatchback. Although the Mirage quickly became the second best-selling vehicle in Mitsubishi's lineup when it was introduced in 2014, sales paled in comparison to rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic. A bargain-basement interior and a punishing ride didn't help. It was time for a rethink. And after a year on hiatus, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage returns with a list of new upgrades that hopefully makes it more competitive.
The most obvious revisions are the more muscular looking front and rear bumpers and more modern headlights and taillights. Inside, there's an increased use of glossy black trim, an attractive new steering wheel, and gray cloth upholstery to replace the purple surfaces that were an eyesore on the 2015 model. One of the few highlights of the previous Mirage was the high number of technology features, and this reworked version continues that trend with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. Mechanical upgrades include revised suspension tuning, larger brakes all around, hill-start assist for cars equipped with the manual transmission and a slight power bump, from 74 to 78 horsepower.
Even with the Mirage's substantial revisions for 2017, it's a difficult car to fall in love with. Competing subcompacts are simply more refined and enjoyable to drive. If price is a commanding factor, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark is comparable to the Mirage and is more tech-heavy. If your budget is a little higher, you should also consider the roomy Honda Fit, sporty Ford Fiesta, and versatile Chevrolet Sonic. The Mirage isn't as bad as it once was, but the reality is that rivals are still more complete cars.
After taking a break for one model year, the Mitsubishi Mirage returns for 2017 with a long list of revisions. These include new bumpers, headlights, taillights and nicer interior materials. The engine receives a modest horsepower bump, from 74 to 78 horsepower. The ES replaces the DE as the base trim level, while the midrange SE and top-of-the-line GT are new.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is a small, four-door, five-passenger hatchback offered in three trim levels: ES, SE and GT.
Standard features for the base Mirage ES trim include 14-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, LED taillights, full power accessories, a tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and USB and auxiliary audio inputs.
The Mirage SE adds alloy wheels, foglights, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio controls) and shift knob, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and upgraded interior accents.
If you go with the range-topping GT you'll get 15-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights and heated front seats.
There are several options packages available on all trims. The Park Assist package adds front and rear parking sensors. The Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio package adds a six-speaker audio system. Other options include various chrome exterior accents, added interior lighting and utility items like cargo nets and mud flaps.
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. On a positive note, all the essential controls are easily accessible and simple to use. 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. On longer drives, the hard door armrests and the lack of a front center armrest reduce driver comfort.
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. 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.
Powering the front-wheel-drive 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. The ES and SE trim levels give you the choice between a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT, while the GT is exclusively available with the CVT.
The EPA's estimated fuel economy for the Mirage with the five-speed manual is 36 mpg combined (33 mpg city/41 mpg highway). With the CVT, the estimates are even higher at 39 mpg combined (37 city/43 highway), which is impressive for a non-hybrid vehicle.
While we haven't yet tested a Mirage with the slightly more powerful engine, we don't expect performance numbers to change much from the previous iteration. In Edmunds performance testing, a 2015 Mirage with the CVT went from zero to 60 mph in 11.7 seconds, a slow time even for a subcompact car.
Thanks to a small turning circle and light-effort steering, the Mitsubishi Mirage is easy to maneuver in dense urban settings. On the highway, though, the little car becomes fidgety and demands more of the driver's attention. We've yet to test the 2017 model, but in our prior testing we observed that the Mirage rides harshly over bumpy pavement, and handling isn't what we'd call confident or secure. Rival subcompact cars should far surpass the Mitsubishi in these areas.
Although the three-cylinder engine is certainly fuel-efficient, acceleration is quite slow and you'll need to plan well ahead for passing maneuvers on the highway. Even more annoying than the sluggish performance is the excessive noise from the engine compartment. Even at low speeds, the three-cylinder makes a considerable racket. The CVT often adds to the mayhem, as the slightest increase in accelerator pedal pressure results in a dramatic increase in engine rpm.
Standard safety features for the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage include four-wheel antilock brakes (front discs, rear drums), front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and traction and stability control. A rearview camera is standard on the SE and GT, while front and rear parking sensors are optional on all trim levels.
We haven't tested a 2017 model with the upgraded brakes, but in prior Edmunds brake testing a 2015 Mirage came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet. This is an average distance for a car in this class.
In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Mirage received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. The Mirage's seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts. In that agency's small-overlap frontal-offset test, however, the Mirage received the lowest score of "Poor." In the most recently available government tests available as of this writing, the Mirage earned four-of-five possible stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for frontal impact safety and five stars for side-impact safety.
Impressive fuel economy with CVT; one of the least expensive cars available; generous warranty.
Acceleration is very sluggish, even by subcompact standards; rough, chattering engine note; lots of road noise at highway speeds; low-quality interior materials.
The Mitsubishi Mirage returns after a yearlong hiatus with a host of new upgrades. They're welcome improvements, and you'll still like this hatchback's high fuel economy and affordable price, but read on to find out if this subcompact hatchback finally makes the grade.
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Audio Features - Base
• Total Number Of Speakers: 4
• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 17.2
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth
Misc. Exterior Features
• Exterior Camera: Rear View Camera
• Number Of Doors: 4
• Front Fog Lights: Front Fog/driving Lights
Front Passenger Seat
• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering
1st Row Seats
• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Head Room: 39.1
• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Power Outlet(s): 12V
• Minimum Ground Clearance: 6.3
• Intermittent Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Cupholders Location: Front
• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Final Drive Ratio: 4.06
• 2nd Row Center Seatbelt: 3-point Belt
• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Curb Weight (lbs): 2040
• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive
Misc. Interior Features
• Cruise Control
• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
2nd Row Seats
• 2nd Row Center Armrest: Folding
• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Driver Vanity Mirror
Tires - Base/SE
• Rear Tire Width: 165
Wheels - Se
• Rim Type: Alloy
|Accessory Body Side Moldings (Color Keyed)||All||$145 / $120|
|Cargo PackageCargo mat; Cargo net||All||$95 / $80|
|Protection PackageFront and rear mudguards; Scuff plates||All||$180 / $155|
|Acccessory Wheel Locks||SE/GT||$55 / $45|
|Accessory LED Daytime Running Lights W/ Garnish||All||$345 / $305|
|Accessory All Weather Floor Mats||All||$125 / $105|
|Acccessory Cargo Tray||All||$55 / $49|
|LED Illumination PackageFloor LED (blue); Center console LED; Room lamp LED (white)||All||$225 / $195|
|Exterior PackageLED DRLs with garnish; Rear bumper garnish; Tailgate garnish; Exhaust finisher||All||$595 / $520|
|Accessory Body Side Moldings (Black)||All||$145 / $120|
|Accessory Rockford Fosgate EcoPUNCH Premium Audio System300-watt ecoPUNCH Rockford Fosgate sound system with subwoofer||All||$575 / $499|
|Alaska/Hawaii Delivery Charge||All||$125 / $125|
|Accessory Side Sill Extension (Color Keyed)||All||$315 / $275|
|Park Assist PackageFront and rear park assist sensors||All||$450 / $380|
Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior Colors:
Mitsubishi Mirage Interior Colors:
Mitsubishi Mirage Recalls Issued - 2017
|Recall Number: 17V686000|
|Component Description: AIR BAGS|
|Manufacturered From: to|
|Owner Notification Date:|
|Number of Vehicle Affected: 83,555|
|Consequence: Air bags that do not deploy as designed in a crash increase the risk of injury.|
|Corrective Action: MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the SRS-ECU software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2017. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's number for this recall is SR-17-006.|
|Description: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain 2014-2018 Mirage vehicles. The internal acceleration sensor in the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) can misinterpret vibrations such as those from poor road conditions or a flat tire to be a sensor error thereby disabling the air bags from deploying in a crash.|
|Recall Number: 16V675000|
|Component Description: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS|
|Manufacturered From: 2015-10-27 to 2016-08-03|
|Owner Notification Date: 2016-10-02|
|Number of Vehicle Affected: 587|
|Consequence: Without the horizontal adjustment locking clip being secured, the headlight can be adjusted to either reduce the driver's visibility or blind oncoming vehicles. Both conditions can increase the risk of a crash.|
|Corrective Action: MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will secure the horizontal locking clips as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on September 3, 2016. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's number for this recall is SR-16-008.|
|Description: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2017 Mirage vehicles manufactured October 28, 2015, to August 4, 2016 and equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. The affected vehicles may have been assembled without the headlight horizontal adjustment lockout clips properly secured. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."|