Used 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Consumer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
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$6,459 - $8,873

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5 out of 5 stars

Amazing car for the price!!!!!

Arne, 02/23/2016
DE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)
39 of 39 people found this review helpful

I read plenty of relatively poor reviews by the official car rating companies, as well as relatively positive rating by consumers before deciding to buy my Mitsubishi. I decided to trust the consumers and I am very glad I did. I love my car, and I am very happy I bought it. I knew going in that it is not a luxury car nor will I win many interstate races with it. I have a 60 mile / day commute to work so I bought it for that reason. I have been incredibly impressed with the gas mileage, I am always getting 45 miles / gallon and much of that is over dirt roads and back road driving. I live in Vermont and I have had no major issues with driving the car in the weather. It isn't great in the snow but it isn't that bad either. As far as the poor acceleration, I disagree, I have had plenty of power and acceleration for the type of driving I do. I don't slow down on the hills etc. I am impressed with the 3 cylinder engine. It is a little noisy as your driving it, but I am usually listening to music anyway, so I don't notice it. By the way, very nice stereo system. If you are looking for an inexpensive car with incredible gas mileage and I think plenty of power despite the small engine, I highly recommend this car.

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5 out of 5 stars

Forget the critics...

Olive, 07/09/2015
DE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)
28 of 28 people found this review helpful

...this little car does the trick!I love this car. I've had it for four months now, and I was worried at first because of all of the negative professional reviews I'd read online. It has great gas mileage, gives me a smooth ride, and I'm able to fit a surprising amount of stuff in the truck for such a tiny car! Ok -- acceleration isn't stellar, but it's not nearly as bad as the professional reviews make it out to me. I can easily maintain 70-75 on the highway without a problem. The interior is great; comfortable seats, nice controls for stereo, temperature, etc. I should add: I'm a 23 year old female who just graduated from college, and this is the first car I've owned myself. So I'm not super picky about everything being perfect -- just looking for a good car to get me from point A to point B. This car really does the trick, and for the price point I couldn't be happier.

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4 out of 5 stars

Rental Car Experience

RannyV, 01/25/2016
DE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)
15 of 15 people found this review helpful

Much to the surprise of the rental car company, I recently requested the Mirage when on a 5 day vacation to the Bay Area. After having noticed the discrepancy between professional and consumer reviews, I had to see for myself what the real story was with this car. That, and I am a fan of basic, high MPG transportation. My car was an uninspired silver DX with black interior and the CVT automatic and not much else. I took the car over winding highway 17 to Santa Cruz and than back to San Jose via the most challenging, pot hole filled winding roads. The steering and suspension isn't ideal for higher speed corners such as those found on Hwy 17. It sways a great deal and the steering is sloppy. It never lost grip, but I wouldn't want to do an evasive maneuver. What was surprising was that the little 3 had decent power and the CVT did a good job of keeping it in the power band. I've read that the suspension was designed for 3rd world roads and on my trip home over the rutted back roads, I'd have to agree. It did a nice job of soaking up bumps and only hit the suspension stops once. It also has a wonderfully tight turning radius which makes low speed driving in cramped spaces a joy. This isn't a car to drive on winding roads quickly, but if you aren't in a hurry, it's quite alright. I also too the car on longish (hour each way) trip up to the North Bay and it performed admirably and kept up with the swift Bay Area traffic without fuss. In all, I covered 200 miles and got 40MPG as measured at the pump on fill up. I'd estimate my average hwy speed at 60 - 65 with a max speed of low 70's. It's an honest little car with personality. Hopefully the revised 2017 will address the handling issues. If you're not out to impress people or want to make an anti-flashy statement, the little Mirage is worth a look. Were I shopping for an inexpensive car, I'd give it serious consideration. I hope it's a success for Mitsu. Cheap gas won't last indefinitely and when it inevitably goes up again, this car could be a rock star.

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5 out of 5 stars

After one month with a 2015 Mirage CVT

Dane, 09/29/2016
DE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful

I started looking for small cars with great gas mileage when my 14 year old Hyundai Sonata hit 180,000 miles and I knew I was going to start facing some significant repair costs. I liked the Chevy Spark but it was almost impossible to find one in the $8,500 or less range that hadn't been used as a rental. I liked the Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris, but anything in that price range seemed to always have at least 50,000 miles on it. I Briefly looked at a Smart Fortwo with less than 10,000 miles on it, but just couldn't bring myself to take that kind of size hit. I saw a 2015 "Sapphire blue" Mitsubishi Mirage with 14,000 miles on it. After a test drive and a little dickering I got it out the door at $8750. Here are my thoughts after 30 days with the Mirage. Is it as loud, slow, and unresponsive as the professional reviewers have labeled it? No. It's louder, slower, and less responsive than my old Sonata was, but it also gets almost exactly twice the miles per gallon. The key to owning the Mirage is all in expectations. If you're expecting a car that gets 45 mpg while still being able to do a 9 second quarter, handle like it's on rails and haul you and 4 other people around at 75 mph in the quiet comfort of a Mercedes 500 series, I'm thinking you may have a long search for your next car. My Mirage has had no trouble getting on highway entrance ramps at 35 mph, then accelerating to 65 by the end of the ramp in order to merge with traffic. Does it accelerate like my 6 cylinder Hyundai? No, but I've never had to put my foot to the floor to get it up to speed like some reviewers claim either. I do occasionally find myself checking to make sure all my windows are completely up when I'm doing 65-70 because there's a bit more wind noise than I'm used to, but it's not like it's loud enough to affect a conversation, or listening to the stereo. And of course the bottom line for me is that I'm getting 45 mpg consistently in real world driving with this car, which saves me almost 1/3 of my monthly car payment in gas over what I was spending with the Sonata. Now if I can get 185,000 miles of trouble-free driving on the Mirage like I did on the Sonata, I'll be more than thrilled with my purchase. One side note- the CVT transmission does take a little getting used to. The absolute key to this transmission is keeping your right foot steady. Slow, steady increases in accelerator pressure lets the CVT rev the engine up smoothly and relatively quickly, and then drop down the same way. Hitting the accelerator hard gives you the "rubber band effect" where your engine revs but you don't accelerate for a second, then suddenly catch up. The CVT also has an odd habit of "clunking" slightly when you come to a complete stop before the car settles into a fairly smooth idle. My opinion of the 2015 Mirage after 30 days is that this company did an amazing job engineering a car to get 45 mpg while still letting a person drive normally, in reasonable comfort.

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4 out of 5 stars

Incredible value.

Keith, 08/10/2016
DE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)
11 of 12 people found this review helpful

I went in to look at the 2017 model, but found that they had a 2015 leftover buried on the lot. It took a while for them to get it out (they didn't know they had it). It turned out to be a CVT (I wanted a stick) ,but I took it out anyway. After reading all the negative PROFESSIONAL reviews, I however was very impressed. (The so-called PROS act like this is the worst thing since the black plague.) It has plenty of room ,it drives well ,rides good, handles well, sure it's all hard plastic inside, but it looks good and seems to be put together pretty good. Yes it does have some tire noise, and wind noise. But it is no more intrusive than some other cars I've had ( focus). Acceleration (lol) is rather leisurely. It has PW,PL,PM,CVT,TRAC. CONTR.,ABS,CLIMATE CONTROL,NICE STEREO W/ USB CON.plenty of cargo room ,good room for 4 adults (5 no way) and a great warranty. I decided to go for it. It had 41 miles on it, sticker was $14,905 (too much, it is 2 model years old after all, there was no 2016). After some minor back and forth I was out the door at $9,400!!!!!!!!!!!. For a brand new car? Amazing!! I have since driven the car over 2,000 miles and I like it even more. The CVT takes some getting used to, but I'm adjusting. I'm getting 38-43 mpg without trying. No it's not a Lexus, but it's not meant to be . It's basic transportation at a good price. I didn't drive the 2017 (it's supposed to be better) I don't know. DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING THE PROFESSIONALS SAY. Try it for yourself, it might not be your cup of tea. But it might impress you. If you can get a good deal go for it. I hope this will help you make an educated decision. I went in ready to hate, but came out with a car . Good luck with your search.

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