2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage Review: Life At Rock Bottom

by Cobus F. Potgieter

With generations of Americans being raised on large sedans and station wagons, SUVs, and trucks, it's no surprise that small car sales in the US are dwindling, especially with manufacturers pushing towards crossovers as the flavor of the month. The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is the third-smallest car sold in the USA after the Chevrolet Spark and 2-door Mini hatchbacks. The 4-door subcompact hatch is powered by a diminutive 1.2-liter inline-3 gas engine producing a meager 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque, utilizing a budget-friendly front-wheel drive platform and either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. The word 'performance' does not appear in the Mirage's vocabulary, and instead, it plies its trade as a cheap city commuter whose only true highlight in a sea of cheap and nasty is incredible fuel economy. But while rivals like the Chevrolet Spark and Kia Rio are not exciting either, they are better than the Mirage.

Read in this review:

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2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Part of the sixth generation of Mirage globally, the Mirage hatchback has been given a minor facelift for the new model year - up front, it features a refreshed "Dynamic Shield" grille, while the rear is revamped with squarer bumper corners and L-shaped lights that span across the back end for a wider and more stable look. On the inside, new armrests have been fitted, a new instrument panel is installed, and faux carbon fiber window switch panel trim has been included. Automatic climate control is now standard in every Mirage and higher-spec models are fitted with newly designed seats with fabric synthetic leather. The RF model has been discontinued for 2020.

Pros and Cons

  • Cheap base price
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Excellent warranty and expected reliability
  • Hoarse, breathless engine
  • Unrefined
  • Very poor performance
  • Plasticky cabin
  • Middling safety ratings

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2020 Mitsubishi Mirage Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
ES
1.2L Inline-3 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$13,995
LE
1.2L Inline-3 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,195
SE
1.2L Inline-3 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,745
GT
1.2L Inline-3 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$17,295

Mirage Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 149.4 in
  • Wheelbase 96.5 in
  • Height 59.4 in
  • Max Width 65.6 in
  • Front Width 56.3 in
  • Rear Width 55.7 in
  • Curb Weight 2,018.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Pearl White
  • Starlight Silver Metallic
  • Sunrise Orange Metallic
  • Infrared Metallic
  • Wine Red Metallic
  • Sapphire Blue Metallic
  • Mercury Gray Metallic
  • Mystic Black Metallic

Mirage Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The performance specs for the 2020 Mirage are wholly unimpressive, with the sole engine being a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder with only 78 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque, transmitting its power to the road via a 5-speed manual transmission on the base ES and a CVT automatic on all other models. All models are front-wheel drive. Its only saving grace is great gas mileage and the fact that it can run on cheaper regular gasoline.

  • Engine
    1.2L Inline-3 Gas
  • Transmissions
    5-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Mirage Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    9.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 33/41 mpg
* 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Manual

Mirage Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Front Head Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.2 in

Mirage Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    47 ft³

Mirage Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage a good hatchback?

The short answer is no. As you can gather from this 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage review, few things count in this vehicle's favor. It's cheap to buy, has a pretty good warranty, and boasts class-leading fuel consumption. Its safety rating from the NHTSA is a passable four stars. What is unfortunate is that these advantages come at the cost of poor interior quality and a bottom-rung driving experience. The ride is noisy and unrefined, while there is absolutely no power in reserve, especially on the highway. Not even the seats have been properly designed and they are not comfortable to sit on. The Mirage hatch has no loftier purpose in mind than transporting its occupants from A to B and as long as you don't expect anything more from it, it will do the job economically. Sadly, there is little reason to recommend the Mirage over more accomplished rivals such as the Kia Rio.

🚗What Mirage Model Should I Buy?

Unless you absolutely must have a manual transmission, the base ES is to be avoided. The mid-tier LE adds the automatic transmission and has several more features than the base car, with a proper touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, as well as a driver's armrest and red accent stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The lackluster driving experience remains, but the superior infotainment and Rockford Fosgate audio system at least offer useful distractions. There is no point in going for the top-spec SE or GT just to get fast-key entry, push-button start, and, on the latter, heated seats and projector headlights. The price of the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback in LE spec is $16,195, compared to the GT's top asking price of $17,295.

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