2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 33 mpg City, 41 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.2 L Regular Unleaded I-3, 78 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

If your idea of basic transportation is a no-frills economy car with five doors, a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, the best non-hybrid fuel economy on the market, a base price under $13,000, and a fun color palette, then look no further than the Mitsubishi Mirage. With its diminutive size, the Mirage is quite nimble, allowing for excellent maneuverability in tight spaces. It also comes with a surprising array of tech options that include Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The Mirage may not win many drag races, but it will get everywhere it needs to go, and it will save money the whole way.

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What's New For 2017

After a year off, the Mitsubishi Mirage receives a significant refresh for 2017 and in new sedan configuration. Exterior changes include revised bumpers and headlights. The 2017 Mirage seems more aggressive than the previous version, at it makes it seem more modern as a result. New tech features include Android Auto and Apple Car Play.


  • Basic Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 10 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / Unlimited Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 4 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan and Clock
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System -inc: 140 watt, 4-speakers and USB auxiliary input
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 14" Steel w/Wheel Covers
    • Tires: P165/65R14 Low Rolling Resistance
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • LED Brakelights
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way adjustable driver's and front passenger seats
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Fabric Seating Surfaces
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver Visor Vanity Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • Trip Computer
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • 9.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • 2910# Gvwr
    • 85 Amp Alternator
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 4.05 Axle Ratio
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
    • Engine: 1.2L MIVEC DOHC 3-Cylinder

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 9
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 7
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 17.2
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 47
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 85
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-3
    • Displacement - 1.2 L/73
    • Fuel System - MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 78 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 74 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 96.5
    • Length, Overall (in) - 149.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 65.6
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 56.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 55.7
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 9.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 86.2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 51.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 48.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.3
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 34
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 51
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 49
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 36
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 33
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 41
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 30.2
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mitsubishi Mirage
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P165/65SR14
    • Rear Tire Size - P165/65SR14
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.54
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.31
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.97
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.80
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.21
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.05
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 4.9
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2018
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 14 X 4.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 14 X 4.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Mercury Gray Starlight Silver Sunrise Orange
  • Mercury Gray
  • Starlight Silver
  • Sunrise Orange

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After launching as a 2014 model, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact has fresh look and several added features. A four-door sedan, named Mirage G4, has joined the original hatchback.

Appearance revisions for 2017 include a new grille and bumpers. Headlights and foglamps have changed, with new wheels and a rear spoiler. Mitsubishi claims handling has improved courtesy of a stiffened suspension. Seat materials also have been upgraded.

Mirages come in three trim levels: base ES, midrange SE, and upper-end GT. Each holds a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes a mere 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. Those figures make Mirage the least powerful car at U.S. dealerships.

A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard with ES and SE trim, but an extra $1,200 buys Mitsubishi’s continuously variable transmission (CVT). Promising better gas mileage, the CVT incorporates a two-speed gearbox, boasting a wider-than-usual range between its lowest and highest ratios. GT models come only with the CVT.

Manufactured in Thailand, the 2014 Mirage sold considerably better than expected. Hatchbacks rank among the smallest, most fuel-efficient, and least-costly cars on sale. Skimpy power from a tiny engine is the primary penalty for those virtues.

Positioned between minicar and subcompact status, the lightweight Mirage offers substantially more interior space than expected. On the highway, it’s noisy and sluggish. Ride quality lacks control at higher speeds. Thrift-minded buyers may be delighted, but drivers who anticipate a joyful experience would likely be disappointed.

Safety is another sore spot, considering crash-test scores as well as available features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the hatchback a four-star (out of five) overall rating, with four stars for both frontal and side-impact crashes.

In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the hatchback earned top Good rating for side-impact and moderate-overlap front-impact crashes, but only Marginal for the small-overlap front-impact test. The G4 scored even lower, dropping to Acceptable for side-impact, and hasn’t been tested at all by the federal agency. All told, Mirage safety scores rank among the lowest.

Only upper trim levels have a standard rearview camera. Active-safety features, such as collision and lane-departure warnings, aren’t available at all.


Mirage ES ($12,995 with manual, $14,195 with CVT) includes air conditioning, keyless entry, steel wheels, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, 14-inch steel wheels, and a 4-speaker, 140-watt sound system. Bluetooth is optional. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $835 destination charge.)

Mirage SE ($14,795 with manual, $15,995 with CVT) includes alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, pushbutton start, and alloy wheels. Infotainment with a 6.5-inch touchscreen incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Mirage GT ($16,495) has standard CVT, heated front seats, bi-xenon HID headlights, two-tone 15-inch alloy wheels, and sportier body trim.


Short on style or charm, the Mirage isn’t likely to win any design awards. A new front end for 2017 elevates appearance somewhat, compared to the previous bland frontal look. Even so, the Mirage remains largely anonymous.

Like most rivals, the Mirage is relatively tall compared to its body length. Wheels tend to look even smaller than their 14- or 15-inch size suggests. Deep-set front wheels don’t help with appearance. Awkwardly-drawn body lines at the rear impair visual appeal of the new G4 sedan.


Hatchbacks provide surprising space for four adults, though adding a fifth would be quite a squeeze. Front cushions are somewhat short, but seats are quite comfortable. They’re also better bolstered than some competitors. Back-seat upholstery is rather thin, and leg space could be better.

Hard plastic dominates the straightforward cabin. As in many small economy cars, materials are simple and basic. Though details are better than before, just about every interior element still suggests cheap transportation.

The simple instrument cluster contains a big speedometer, gas gauge, and small tachometer. Upper trim levels benefit from higher-contrast gauges. Large audio and climate-control knobs are intuitive.

Cargo space is ample for a small hatchback: 17.2 cubic feet with back seatback upright, growing to 47 cubic feet with that seat folded. The cargo floor isn’t flat. Luggage space totals only 12.3 cubic feet in the G4 sedan’s trunk.

Driving Impressions

Impressively maneuverable in an urban landscape, the Mirage falters considerably at highway speeds. Ultra-compact dimensions and a tight turning circle make it easy to park. Ride quality is sufficiently comfortable, as long as the Mirage rolls down good pavement at modest speeds.

Acceleration, too, is satisfactory, even perky, at in-town speeds, but sags painfully on the highway. Passing and merging amplify the sluggishness, which is exacerbated by the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

With 78 horsepower, the Mirage’s engine has nearly no reserve energy to call upon when needed. Hilly terrain is likely to prove troublesome. Although a Mirage cannot necessarily be deemed unsafe, shockingly slow acceleration at speeds past 40 mph is undeniably a concern.

At highway velocities, the Mirage begins to misbehave, wandering and even wobbling, making it one of the least pleasant cars to drive. A sense of floatiness can make the experience even worse. On broken pavement, the wheels crash over every rut.

In addition to being light in weight, the Mirage is set up with soft springs, resulting in weak body control. Electric power steering suffers from a numb area when pointed straight ahead, compelling the driver to remain especially attentive, to avoid drifting. A sudden lane change is accompanied by considerable body roll and a sense of uncertainty.

Manual shift has its own drawbacks, starting with a first-gear ratio that makes it a challenge to move out from a stop. In fifth gear, the engine screams loudly when it should be cruising gently.

Gas mileage, as expected, is a highlight. In fact, the Mirage has earned the highest fuel-economy rating of any gas-engine non-hybrid car. With the CVT, the hatchback is EPA-rated at 37/43 mpg City/Highway, or 39 mpg Combined. The new G4 sedan is a bit less frugal, EPA-rated at 35/42 City/Highway, or 37 mpg Combined. With 5-speed manual gearbox, standard on lower trim levels, ratings dip to 33/41/36 mpg for the hatchback and 33/40/35 mpg for the sedan.


The Mitsubishi Mirage delivers fuel-efficient transportation for a modest price, but it falls short when judged against competitors that cost only slightly more. Essentially, they reach back to the long-gone econocar era. A Mirage can make sense for city and suburban use, but is no pleasure on the open road. On the plus side, four average-size adults sit in reasonable comfort, and a Mirage rides smoothly until the pavement turns harsh. The deal may be an important part of the value story here.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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