2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M)

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MSRP: $14,795
Dealer Invoice: $14,472
Delivery Charge: $865
Used Retail Price: $10,292
Used Private Price: $9,000
Used Trade-In Price: $7,288

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Editor Review

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

Introduction

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.

What's New

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.

Body

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.

Interior

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.

Powertrain

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.

Driving

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.

Safety

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.

Pro

Impressive fuel economy with CVT; one of the least expensive cars available; generous warranty.

Con

Acceleration is very sluggish, even by subcompact standards; rough, chattering engine note; lots of road noise at highway speeds; low-quality interior materials.

Bottom Line

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.

Manufacturer's Warranty

Type: Basic
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Comments: Ralliart: 3-year/36,000 Mile.
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Mar-29-2016 09:47 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 60000

Type: Drivetrain
• Maximum Years: 10
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Comments: Ralliart: 5-year/60,000 Mile.
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Mar-29-2016 09:47 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 100000

Type: Rust
• Maximum Years: 7
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Mar-29-2016 09:47 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 100000

Type: Roadside
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: U
• Start Date: Mar-29-2016 09:47 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099

Standard Features

Audio Features - Base

• Total Number Of Speakers: 4
• Digital Audio Input: USB With External Media Control
• Cd Player: Single CD Player
• Cd Mp3 Playback
• Usb Connection
• Radio: AM/FM
• Watts: 140
• Consumer Generic Feature 0: USB Inputs

Cargo Dimensions

• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 17.2
• Cargo Capacity, Rear Seat Down Or Removed: 47.0
• Max Cargo Capacity: 47.0

Mobile Connectivity

• Bluetooth: Bluetooth

Instrumentation

• Tachometer

Misc. Exterior Features

• Exterior Camera: Rear View Camera
• Rear Spoiler

Doors

• Number Of Doors: 4

Exterior Lights

• Front Fog Lights: Front Fog/driving Lights
• Headlights Auto Delay: Auto Delay Off

Front Passenger Seat

• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4

Steering

• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering

1st Row Seats

• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Upholstery: Cloth
• Number Of 1st Row Headrests: 2

Interior Dimensions

• 1st Row Head Room: 39.1
• 1st Row Hip Room: 48.9
• 1st Row Leg Room: 41.7
• 1st Row Shoulder Room: 51.7
• 2nd Row Head Room: 37.2
• 2nd Row Hip Room: 49.0
• 2nd Row Leg Room: 34.0
• 2nd Row Shoulder Room: 51.0 in.
• EPA Interior Volume: 103.3

Spare Tire/Wheel

• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Spare Tire Size: Temporary

Power Outlets

• Power Outlet(s): 12V

Exterior Dimensions

• Minimum Ground Clearance: 6.3
• Overall Height: 59.4
• Overall Length: 149.4
• Overall Width With Mirrors: 65.6
• Wheelbase: 96.5

Windows

• Intermittent Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
• One Touch Windows: 1
• Power Windows
• Rear Defogger

Steering Wheel

• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel: Cruise Controls
• Phone Controls On Steering Wheel
• Steering Wheel Adjustments: Tilt-adjustable
• Steering Wheel Trim: Leather

Storage

• Cupholders Location: Front
• Door Pockets Location: Front

Seating Configuration

• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• 2nd Row Seating Capacity: 3

Air Conditioning

• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
• Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
• Rear Heat: Rear Ventilation Ducts

Differential

• Final Drive Ratio: 4.06

Seatbelts

• 2nd Row Center Seatbelt: 3-point Belt

Suspension

• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Front Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Front Suspension Classification: Independent
• Independent Suspension: Front
• Rear Spring Type: Torsion Bars
• Rear Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Rear Suspension Classification: Semi-independent

Specifications

• Curb Weight (lbs): 2040
• EGE City MPG: 33
• EGE Combined MPG: 36
• EGE Highway MPG: 41
• EPA City MPG: 33
• EPA Combined MPG: 36
• EPA Highway MPG: 41
• Fuel Capacity (gallons): 9.2
• Gross Vehicle Weight: 2910
• TCO Curb Weight (lbs): 2040
• Turning Diameter (feet): 30.2

Brake System

• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Braking Assist
• Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc
• Rear Brake Type: Drum

Drive Type

• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive

Misc. Interior Features

• Cruise Control
• Floor Mat Material: Carpet
• Floor Mats

Driver Seat

• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Number Of Driver Seat Manual Adjustments: 6

Security

• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Engine Immobilizer
• Power Door Locks: Hands-free Entry

Airbags

• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
• Knee Airbags: Driver Only
• Passenger Airbag Deactivation: Occupant Sensing Deactivation
• Side Airbags: Dual Front

2nd Row Seats

• 2nd Row Center Armrest: Folding
• 2nd Row Seat Type: Bench
• Folding 2nd Row: Split Folding
• Number Of 2nd Row Headrests: 2

Mirrors

• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Driver Vanity Mirror
• Turn Signal Side Mirrors: Turn Signal In Mirrors
• Exterior Mirror Adjustment: Power

Tires - Base/SE

• Rear Tire Width: 165
• Rear Tire Prefix: P
• Tire Type: All Season
• Rear Tire Diameter: 14
• Rear Tire Profile: 65

Wheels - Se

• Rim Type: Alloy
• Rear Wheel Diameter: 14

Available Options

Option/Package Availability MSRP/Invoice
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

Available Colors

Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior Colors:

Mercury Gray
 
Sapphire Blue
 
Pearl White
 
Starlight Silver
 
Mystic Black
 
Infrared
 
Sunrise Orange
 
Wine Red
 

Mitsubishi Mirage Interior Colors:

Black
 

Safety Features

Traction control
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Engine immobilizer
Front and rear head airbags
Turn signal mirrors
Dual front side-mounted airbags
2 front headrests
Stability control
Rear center 3-point belt
Auto delay off headlamps
Ventilated front disc / rear drum brakes
Child seat anchors
2 rear headrests
4-wheel ABS
Emergency braking assist
Front fog/driving lights
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear door child safety locks

IISH Information
(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings)

Side impact test - Good

Roof Strength Test - Good

Rear crash protection/head restraint - Good

IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results - Marginal

IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results - Good

Mechanical Features

Engine: 1.2liter
Cylinders: 3
Displacement: 1193
Horsepower: 78
Valves: 12
Torque: 74
Fuel: Regular Unleaded
Transmission: 5 speed MANUAL
Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive

Recalls

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."
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