This Is Why The Mitsubishi Mirage Demands Your Respect


Give us a chance to explain.

Meet the Mitsubishi Mirage, the subject of our latest review. It’s a modest five-door hatchback with a cheap sticker price and a nifty set of 14-inch wheels. Glad we got your attention. Think of the Mirage, which only went on sale again in 2016 after taking a short market break in order to receive a desperately needed update, as the ideal first car for a college graduate who doesn’t really care much about cars. It's for people that simply want basic and reliable transportation, and the Mirage is excellent for that. Really.

The Mitsubishi Mirage, despite being boring, is an excellent commuter car that comes with a very reasonable base price of $12,995. It even comes standard with a five-speed manual. No six-speed shifter, but still.

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Our Mirage, a mid-level SE, is powered by a simple yet durable 1.2-liter three-cylinder with 78 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque. Yes, those numbers are correct. Like we said, great commuter car, and that’s about it. But the Mirage also has something going for it: it’s one of the greenest cars on sale today that’s not a hybrid or an EV. That alone is worth respect. Special thanks to Lutes Mitsubishi for letting us film the car.

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