2020 Mitsubishi Mirage
2020 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
- Automatic climate control is standard on all trims
- Part of the fifth Mirage generation introduced for 2014
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.
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 the Mirage drive?
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 the Mirage?
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?
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?
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?
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 the Mirage?
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 the Mirage a good value?
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.
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?
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.
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If you are looking for a new car with an outstanding warranty, low price point, look no further than the Mitsubishi Mirage. Is it a race car? No. It’s not designed to be one. It’s designed to take you comfortably from point A to point B and back reliably and economically. Whatever you do, do not believe some of these so-called professional reviewer‘s. If you are thinking about purchasing one, take one for a test drive and keep in mind what this little vehicle is designed to do. I have just over 4000 miles on mine and I cannot recommend it to other people enough if they are looking for an inexpensive and reliable car.
This is a very good basic car. The Reviewers drive a Lexus and then a BMW and then a Porsche and then a Buick and a Lincoln. What do they think about the Mirage? It's small. It's not powerful. It's buzzy. No kidding! This car gets you into a brand new car at a very used car price. It has a killer warranty and.....it gets the job done! The hatch with the back seat folded gives impressive cargo space. As I mentioned previously, I actually bought one, uhmm, with my own money that I earned, uhmm unlike the reviewers. I get hybrid like mileage often over 50 mpg and it's been anvil like reliable for 50,000 miles. In case I haven't mentioned it I, bought mine with my own money that I earned and I love it! BUT!!! Shop for a deal. Depreciation is steep on these little runabouts.
I've had my mirage for roughly 6 months now and I've had absolutely no complaints. It gets the job done. The interior is nice and it is the perfect car for someone small like me, OR who just doesn't want a huge SUV. The average speed limit is typically 50 where I live so the speed isn't an issue. A car's only purpose isn't to go fast. I totally, wholeheartedly recommend a mirage! I only have to fill my tank like once a month!
Best gas mileage you can get without buying a hybrid. Cool styling, snazzy accents, plenty of cargo room for the car size. Easy to drive, easier to park. Very affordable to buy, own, and drive. Superior warranty coverage for peace of mind. If that sounds like what you’re looking for, this is the car for you as long as you are okay with a VERY sluggish, noisy ride and minimal comfort for backseat passengers, such as kids. I was disappointed from the get go with the super slow acceleration and noisiness of the engine, but for what I need (very affordable, reliable car to commute to and from work daily on busy city streets) these drawbacks are acceptable. I have no regrets about buying this vehicle because it suits my needs and the sluggishness isn’t an issue for my commute, as I don’t have to drive on any highways and mostly drive on busy city streets. I would definitely not want to take a road trip in this car, however! Hope this review helps you in your decision.
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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 Rating||Rating|
|Overall||4 / 5|
|Driver||4 / 5|
|Passenger||4 / 5|
|Side Crash Rating||Rating|
|Overall||4 / 5|
|Side Barrier Rating||Rating|
|Overall||5 / 5|
|Driver||5 / 5|
|Passenger||4 / 5|
|Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings||Rating|
|Front Seat||4 / 5|
|Back Seat||4 / 5|
|Rollover||4 / 5|
|Dynamic Test Result||No Tip|
|Risk Of Rollover||16.4%|
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
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|Roof Strength Test|
|Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint|
|IIHS Small Overlap Front Test||Not Tested|
|Moderate Overlap Front Test|
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.
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.
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.
Is the Mitsubishi Mirage a good car?
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
Is the Mitsubishi Mirage reliable?
Is the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage a good car?
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
- SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $16,745
- GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) which starts at $17,295
What are the different models of Mitsubishi Mirage?
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), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT), and GT 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. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Mirage 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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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What's a good price for a New 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage?
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 $16,860. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $1,743 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,743 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,117.
The average savings for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 10.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 4 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2020 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)
The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,100. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $1,777 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,777 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,323.
The average savings for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage LE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 9.8% below the MSRP.
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 $18,190. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $1,815 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,815 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,375.
The average savings for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage SE 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 10% below the MSRP.
2020 Mitsubishi Mirage GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT)
The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,740. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is trending $1,843 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,843 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,897.
The average savings for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage GT 4dr Hatchback (1.2L 3cyl CVT) is 9.8% below the MSRP.
Which 2020 Mitsubishi Mirages are available in my area?
Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage for sale near. There are currently 9 new 2020 Mirages listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $15,370 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $5,250 on a used or CPO 2020 Mirage available from a dealership near you.
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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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