The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage will capture the lion’s share in the hatchback marketplace

2015-03-23 23:36:51
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage will capture the lion’s share in the hatchback marketplace
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage will capture the lion’s share in the hatchback marketplace

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage has a raison d’être in the market, to offer cheap transit with less fuss as an affordable hatchback. This simple auto though suffering on the acceleration, riding and handling side, the Mirage outstrips other models in its segment with a cheap price tag and fuel-economy for those seeking a pocket-friendly hatchback bargain. The Mirage was face-lifted to get a study antenna and brand new chromatic cabin accents new outer mirrors and seat fabric for ES models, capacious cargo capacity and easy-parking manners. Poring over its review unearths why it is luring buyers to cut a deal at first sight.   


The FWD 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage comes with a 1.2-Liter 3V engine managing 74 hp and 74 pound-feet of twist. The transmission is a five-speed manual or a more expensive CVT (Continuously Variable Automatic). While manually operated, the Mirage is good for 34 mpg city/42 mpg hwy, alternatively, the CVT bumps up the figures to 37 mpg city 44 mpg highway.

The four-door Mirage comes with twin trim levels, viz. DE and ES. The DE encompasses 14”steel wheels, a back spoiler, power locks, windows and mirrors, auto climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a four-speaker infotainment system with USB port. The ES throws extras like 14” alloy wheels, fog-lights, a leatherette-coated steering wheel with audio knobs, a height-adaptive driver’s seat, cruise control as well as silver cabin accents. Most standard features in this trim level are available as optional to the base models. Additional options include, body kit, blue interior LED lights, park-aid package, frontal and parking sensors.

Trunk space is a sturdy suit for the Mirage, estimated at 17.2 cu ft. aft the back seatbacks and a copious forty-seven cu ft. while they are folded down. On the safety features side, the Mitsubishi Mirage is available standard with four-wheel antilock brakes, stability control system and multiple airbags ensconced strategically in front, front side, driver’s-knee level and complete-length curtain. The IIHS ascribed the Mirage good ratings for the four groups scoring poorly on the small-overlap front yardstick.   

Behind the wheel, a driver cannot overlook that the Mirage has impeccable list of standard equipment for the price tag. While some rivals exclusionary offer manual locks alongside crank windows, the Mirage presents power overall, in addition to the automatic climate control and USB connection. Modern buyers will frown at the interior styling as materials are ubiquitous though at a pocket-conscious price. The plastics are sturdy, displays look rudimentary with the exception of the navigation system, flat-layered seat cushions, but not supportive. The steering wheel is devoid of telescoping, this cannot be sandbagged by long-legged drivers. The good news is the rear seat space that is copious with standard features. 

Owing to the tiny footprint, the Mirage allows easy parking, and getting your way through crowded city spaces is equally easy. The ride lacks intuition on rough ground while cornering lacks strength. Unsurprisingly, acceleration is spawns leisure with the obligatory 3-cylinder mill. Engine nuisance while passing and merging is intrusive, especially if you go for the rev-impeccable CVT.       

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