2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

MSRP range: $14,295 - $17,445
MSRP$15,290
Edmunds suggests you pay$14,154

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2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

  • 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
  • Updated front and rear styling
  • Some previously optional features are now standard, including forward collision mitigation and 7-inch infotainment screen
  • Part of the fifth Mirage generation introduced for 2014

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is aptly named since its appeal tends to vanish as you draw near for a closer look. If you go by just the specs, the Mirage looks great. It starts off with the EPA fuel economy estimate of 39 mpg combined, which makes the Mirage one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrids around. It's also one of the least expensive new cars around. Oh, and its tidy size should make it easily maneuverable. A small, affordable car that gets great mileage — what's not to love?

Well, for starters, that impressive fuel economy comes at the expense of power. The Mirage comes with a tiny 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, and its 76 horsepower struggles to move the Mirage with any authority. While not a big issue around town, that power deficit makes merging on the highway genuinely stressful. The Mirage's poor build quality and substantial road and engine noise also make for a fairly unrefined experience.

You could look past these flaws if the cost of entry were unbeatably low, but it's not. The Mirage is indeed very affordable, but rivals such as the Chevrolet Spark and Kia Rio are in similar pricing territory. The Rio, in particular, is also significantly more comfortable and refined. The Mirage sounds like a good idea, but the reasons to buy one evaporate the closer you get.

Which Mirage does Edmunds recommend?

The Mirage's primary appeal lies in its low price, so stick with the base ES trim. You'll miss some of the upper-level creature comforts, but the ES has the essentials: automatic air conditioning, cruise control, smartphone connections and USB. Paying more for the higher trim levels doesn't make sense when you can buy a better competitor's car for nearly the same price.

Mitsubishi Mirage models

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is a front-wheel-drive subcompact hatchback available in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE and Carbonite Edition. Every Mirage comes with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 76 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque.

ES
The ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but you can opt for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which comes with every other trim level. Standard features include:

  • 14-inch steel wheels
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
  • Keyless entry

Technology and safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • 7-inch audio display
  • Bluetooth
  • Four-speaker sound system with USB input
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connection
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

LE
The LE adds:

  • 14-inch alloy wheels

Carbonite Edition
The Carbonite Edition is essentially a Mirage LE but with a handful of exterior cosmetic enhancements.

SE
The SE adds to the ES features with:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Foglights
  • Automatic high beams
  • Cloth and simulated leather combination seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver's seat armrest
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Push-button ignition and proximity keyless entry
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$14,295
MPG & Fuel
33 City / 41 Hwy / 36 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 9.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Engine
Inline 3 cylinder
Horsepower: 76 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 74 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 151.4 in. / Height: 59.4 in. / Width: 65.6 in.
Curb Weight: 2040 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 17.1 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Mirage safety features:

Forward collision mitigation
Warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios.
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

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

2021 Honda Fit

2021 Honda Fit

Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Honda Fit

The Honda Fit won't be around for 2021, but it's worth tracking down a 2020 model. The Fit isn't swift but it has adequate power (nearly double that of the Mirage) and gives you a more solid feel as you drive down the road. The Mirage has slightly better fuel economy but not enough to make a significant difference. And with the Fit's additional power, you won't need to bury the gas pedal at every freeway on-ramp. The Fit has more cargo-carrying versatility too.

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Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Chevrolet Spark

Shoppers drawn in by the Mirage's rock-bottom price should also consider the Spark. It's slightly smaller, and its base as-new starting price is actually lower, but it offers better build quality, comfort and a few more features, including automatic emergency notification and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. The Spark's engine also has more power, but it doesn't make the car any quicker.

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Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is more expensive than the Mitsubishi Mirage, but we think it's worth it. Like the Honda Fit, the Rio offers solid build quality, and it's a more entertaining and engaging car to drive. The Rio also nearly matches the Mirage's impressive fuel economy and has a similarly long warranty. It's the smarter buy.

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FAQ

Is the Mitsubishi Mirage a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Mirage both on the road and at the track. 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 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage:

  • Updated front and rear styling
  • Some previously optional features are now standard, including forward collision mitigation and 7-inch infotainment screen
  • 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 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Mirage is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage?

The least-expensive 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $14,295.

Other versions include:

  • Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $16,995
  • SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $17,445
  • LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $16,220
  • ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $15,595
  • ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) which starts at $14,295
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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 Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), and ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT). For a full list of Mirage models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Overview

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is offered in the following submodels: Mirage Hatchback. Available styles include Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), and ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 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 2021 Mirage.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Mirage featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage?

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M)

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $15,290. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) is trending $1,136 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,136 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $14,154.

The average savings for the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) is 7.4% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 78 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl 5M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,215. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $1,289 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,289 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,926.

The average savings for the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 7.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 15 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,990. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $1,351 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,351 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,639.

The average savings for the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 7.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 2 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Carbonite Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,440. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $1,527 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,527 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,913.

The average savings for the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Mitsubishi Mirages are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 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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