2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review: Is It A Mirage?

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

Even though I’m not in the market for a subcompact car, I find them cute and often fun to drive. It’s nice to drive something that can fit into any parking space, unlike my large space hogging SUV. When the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage appeared in my driveway, it was clear finding a place to park would never be an issue.  My four year old immediately thought the Mirage was straight out of the movie “Cars”. He insisted the car had a name, and demanded to know what it was.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Side View

Since he’s watched the film hundreds of times, there was no way I could just throw a character name at him. Instead, I let him sit inside while we explored the features together. After hearing the navigation system give me directions, he was convinced this car didn’t know Lightning McQueen.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
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Finding the ignition on the left side of the steering wheel, threw me for a loop. Why would an auto maker other than Porsche put the ignition on the left side of the steering wheel? I filed it under my “things that make you go hmmm…” category.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

Knowing the only way to really get to know a car, is on a road trip, so I loaded up the Mirage and hit I-45 to Dallas. With my destination programmed into the navigation system, I was headed in the right direction.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
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While the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES has a surprising amount of technology for under $20k, like the rear view camera, there are plenty reminders this is a basic vehicle. Door locks and windows are power, but the seats are manual. On my 200+ mile road trip, I found it difficult to get my seat in a comfortable position.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
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Rolling down the highway in Texas you better be able to keep up with the flow of traffic or be prepared to be run over. I have no idea why Mitsubishi built the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage with the first 3 cylinder engine in a car sold in the US, in over 15 years! What’s that mean exactly? I had a hard time getting up to speed when entering the highway or passing vehicles. The small engine with 74 horsepower isn’t enough on the road in a state like Texas with a speed limit of 75 mph. The Mirage is equipped with seven airbags, but between size and lack of power, I didn’t feel confident on the road in this car.

Again, remember I’m in Texas where it seems like 50% of the vehicles on the road are big SUVs or trucks. So for me, driving a subcompact car on the interstate felt like I was trying to hang out with the big kids. For those that assume small cars are unsafe, you should know Mitsubishi has packed every 2015 Mirage with safety features like the Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL).

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage trunk

Overall, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage just didn’t strike my fancy. My biggest disappointment, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage’s mpg. One of the biggest reasons to buy a subcompact car: improved gas mileage. Yet, driving from Houston to Dallas without any major traffic stops or detours, I averaged 29.9 mpg. However, I should note the Mirage has won awards and accolades for its fuel efficiency, including:

  • #1 ranking in Cars.com’s “New Cars for Penny Pinchers”
  • “Best All-Around Performance” and “Best Environmental Performance” in the Mini-Compact Class by the Automotive Science Group
  • Named to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) “Greenest Vehicles” list

For those car shoppers on a tight budget, the 2015 Mirage ES I drove rings in at $17,105. An affordable option for those considering a simple, lightweight vehicle that uses less fuel and is eco-friendly. Plus, every 2015 Mirage has: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; a fully transferable 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty; and 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program. You can choose from one of the following fun colors: Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infra Red, Plasma Purple, Cloud White, Mystic Black, Starlight Silver (the color I reviewed), and Thunder Gray.

The great thing about cars is that everyone has their own opinion. If you’re in the market for a subcompact vehicle, check out the Mirage and compare it to the competition to see what fits your lifestyle the best!



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