2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

What’s new

  • Automatic climate control is standard on all trims
  • Part of the fifth Mirage generation introduced for 2014

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive fuel economy when equipped with the CVT automatic
  • Long warranty coverage
  • One of the least expensive cars on sale
  • Acceleration is very slow
  • The engine is noisy and unrefined
  • Excessive road noise at highway speeds
  • Low-buck interior, even for this class of car
MSRP Starting at
$13,995

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2020 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is a subcompact hatchback with a tiny 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and a short list of standard and available features. Mitsubishi's pared-down approach undoubtedly reaps some rewards such as a low price, high fuel economy, and easy maneuverability in tight spaces. Plus, Mitsubishi offers lengthy bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties to give you added peace of mind.

Just be aware of the Mirage's significant liabilities. Whether you're driving around the city or on the highway, this little Mitsubishi feels unrefined because of its loud engine, substantial road noise and poor build quality. Acceleration is also a concern. The engine's 78 horsepower just isn't enough to get this car moving with any zeal, so merging onto the highway can be genuinely stressful.

The Mirage will get the job done if your only priority is getting an affordable new car. Just know that nearly all of the Mirage's rivals offer more standard equipment, a more comfortable interior and better driving manners. You'll have to pay a little more for them, but the investment is worth it. Specifically, we'd recommend taking a closer look at the Honda Fit, the Kia Rio and the new Nissan Versa.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage as one of Edmunds' Best Gas Mileage Cars for 2020.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

5.7 / 10
Being inexpensive isn't enough to excuse glaring shortcomings. The Mitsubishi Mirage suffers from poor build quality and an underpowered, noisy engine. Rival hatchbacks are objectively better in almost every category.

How does it drive?

4.0
The Mirage is woefully underpowered. In Edmunds testing, the Mirage accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 12.7 seconds, which is one of the slowest times we've recorded recently. Trying to get up to a safe speed while on a highway on-ramp can be stress-inducing. The brake pedal is easy to modulate though actual panic-stopping power is lackluster.

We do like how the Mirage is maneuverable. It's a super easy car to park. But the steering lacks the ability to self-center between 11 and 1 o'clock, meaning you need to guide it back to the center. You'll often be chasing the Mirage around in a freeway lane or somewhat clumsily navigating it along a twisty road.

How comfortable is it?

4.0
Noise and vibration in the Mirage are defining characteristics. The engine sounds like a cement mixer when you stand on the gas, and wind noise is excessive when you're driving on the highway. At idle, the car vibrates like it's misfiring. In a strangely fortunate twist, wind noise drowns out the beleaguered little engine at highway speeds.

With almost no bolstering to speak of and very little support, the seats are more like fabric-covered chairs than car seats. Our test drivers noted fatigue in less than an hour. But one bright spot when it comes to comfort is ride quality. The Mirage dispatches speed humps and singular highway dips with ease. Over undulating surfaces, however, the car excessively bounds up and down and even side to side.

How’s the interior?

7.0
The Mirage has pretty solid basic functionality, with good visibility and user-friendly access and controls. Getting in and out is easy thanks to the light doors and an agreeable step-in height. But the driver's seat doesn't offer much adjustment range, and the steering wheel doesn't telescope.

There's a decent amount of room up front, but the lack of a center console can leave the passenger without an armrest on one side. As long as you stick with two rear passengers, they will have enough shoulder room, but rear legroom is tight.

How’s the tech?

7.0
The Mirage comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity. To get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however, you'll have to upgrade to a midlevel or top-level trim. This smartphone connectivity used to be rare in the subcompact class, but it's more common now. And several of the Mirage's rivals get it standard. Navigation is only available via your smartphone, but a solid optional stereo rounds things out for tech-savvy buyers.

How’s the storage?

7.0
There's a decent amount of room behind the Mirage's rear seat. Rear seats that split and fold can help you load larger items, but the fabric in the cargo area isn't attached well and easily snags on cargo. Front storage space for small personal items is lacking.

Car seat anchors are unmarked but easy enough to find thanks to the rough fit and finish of the rear seats. Larger car seats might not fit without sliding a front seat forward because there isn't a lot of room in the back seat to begin with.

How economical is it?

8.5
With the CVT automatic, the Mirage is rated at 39 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which is one of the better figures you'll find from a non-hybrid vehicle. Our test vehicle returned an honest 39 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route. But you'll likely end up stopping a lot to refuel because of the Mirage's small gas tank.

Is it a good value?

7.0
Panel fit and overall fit and finish on the Mirage are well below expectations. Our test car's cargo area fabric wasn't adequately attached, and there was visible primer around the fuel filler cap. You don't pay a whole lot to get a Mirage, but you don't get a whole lot either.

If a strong warranty is on your list of must-haves, Mitsubishi does cover the Mirage with a long five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Wildcard

4.0
Cheap little cars don't have to be grim appliances of necessity, but the Mirage could be the counterargument to that theory. Pushing the car to its limits isn't done for enjoyment but more as an act of survival. As such, there is only stress where there could be some enjoyment. The effort, noise and frustration involved don't have a payoff beyond getting you somewhere quicker than public transportation.

Which Mirage does Edmunds recommend?

Since the Mirage's appeal lies mostly in its low price, we'd recommend going with the base trim level, the ES. You'll miss out on some desirable extras found on the more expensive trim levels, but if you're paying to get an SE or a GT, you might as well just switch to a more compelling car such as the Honda Fit.

Mitsubishi Mirage models

The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback is available in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE and GT. Every Mirage comes with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. The ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, or you can opt for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The remaining trims offer only the CVT automatic.

Standard features for the base ES trim include 14-inch steel wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 7-inch audio display, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port.

The LE adds 15-inch black alloy wheels, a driver-seat armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

The Mirage SE builds off the ES equipment and adds 14-inch alloy wheels, foglights, and keyless ignition and entry. Finally, the range-topping GT builds on the SE with 15-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights and heated front seats.

Notable options for the Mirage include front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start and the six-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system.


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    Features & Specs

    ES 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    ES 4dr Hatchback
    1.2L 3cyl CVT
    MSRP$15,295
    MPG 36 city / 43 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower78 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    LE 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    LE 4dr Hatchback
    1.2L 3cyl CVT
    MSRP$16,195
    MPG 36 city / 43 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower78 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    ES 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    ES 4dr Hatchback
    1.2L 3cyl 5M
    MSRP$13,995
    MPG 33 city / 41 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission5-speed manual
    Horsepower78 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    GT 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    GT 4dr Hatchback
    1.2L 3cyl CVT
    MSRP$17,295
    MPG 36 city / 43 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower78 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Mirage safety features:

    Rearview Camera
    Displays a view of what's behind the Mirage when you engage reverse gear.
    Hill Start Assist
    Prevents rolling back when starting off on a hill. The car behind you, and your rear bumper, will love it.
    Active Stability Control
    Helps maintain car control during emergency maneuvers.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat4 / 5
    Back Seat4 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.4%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Mitsubishi Mirage vs. the competition

    Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Honda Fit

    While the Honda Fit is more expensive than the Mirage, we think it's worth the added cost. Unlike the Mirage, the Fit is adequately powered and solidly built. The Mirage does have better fuel economy than the Fit but only by a small margin. And since the Fit has 50 additional horsepower compared to the Mirage, you won't need to go full throttle for every highway on-ramp. The Fit has a more controlled ride quality too.

    Compare Mitsubishi Mirage & Honda Fit features

    Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Chevrolet Spark

    Shoppers who are interested in the Mirage for its rock-bottom prices should also take a look at the Chevrolet Spark. The Spark is slightly smaller than the Mirage, but it's also less expensive at the base trim level and offers a few more features. Notably, Chevy fits the Spark with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    Compare Mitsubishi Mirage & Chevrolet Spark features

    Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Kia Rio

    The Kia Rio is a bit more expensive than the Mitsubishi Mirage, but we think it's worth the extra cash. The Rio has a top-notch build quality for the price and is much more entertaining to drive than the Mirage. It nearly matches the Mirage's impressive fuel economy and has a similarly long warranty. It's the smarter buy.

    Compare Mitsubishi Mirage & Kia Rio features

    FAQ

    Is the Mitsubishi Mirage a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Mirage both on the road and at the track, giving it a 5.7 out of 10. You probably care about Mitsubishi Mirage fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Mirage gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg to 39 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Mirage has 17.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mitsubishi Mirage. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage:

    • Automatic climate control is standard on all trims
    • Part of the fifth Mirage generation introduced for 2014
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    Is the Mitsubishi Mirage reliable?
    To determine whether the Mitsubishi Mirage is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Mirage. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Mirage's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Mirage and gave it a 5.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Mirage is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage?

    The least-expensive 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $13,995.

    Other versions include:

    • ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $15,295
    • LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $16,195
    • ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) which starts at $13,995
    • GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $17,295
    • SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $16,745
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    What are the different models of Mitsubishi Mirage?
    If you're interested in the Mitsubishi Mirage, the next question is, which Mirage model is right for you? Mirage variants include ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M), and GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT). For a full list of Mirage models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

    2020 Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

    The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is offered in the following submodels: Mirage Hatchback. Available styles include ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M), GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), and SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT).

    What do people think of the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Mirage.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

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    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage?

    2020 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,015. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $58 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $58 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $17,957.

    The average savings for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 0.3% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 1 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,565. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $574 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $574 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,991.

    The average savings for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 3.5% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 2 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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