Manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors, the Mitsubishi Mirage comes in both compact and subcompact models. This segment of the car was first produced in the year 1978 to 2003 and then reintroduced in 2012. Mitsubishi Motors is a multi-national automaker based in Tokyo, Japan. The company was founded in 1899 as a ship building company. Mitsubishi produced its first car in 1917 but didn’t get fully into car manufacturing until after World War II.
The Mirage is available in both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. It’s the hatchback that replaced the Mitsubishi Colt. The first generation hatchback was a three-door coupe subcompact and the car was developed in response to the oil crisis of the late 1970s. It was popular worldwide for its affordability and fuel efficiency. The company launched a station wagon in the year 19685, and then quickly followed it up with a five-door hatchback, as well as a five-door compact panel van.
It’s expected that third, fourth, and fifth generations would see more redesigns, especially changes to the body styling and powertrain. In 2003 the production of the Mirage ended with the introduction of the Colt in the overseas markets.
When the company decided to discontinue Colt in the year 2012, the Mirage was brought back into production. Mitsubishi has always endeavored to keep the costs down, in order to favor buyers in the emerging markets as well as existing markets where the brand remains popular for decades.
A 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has a manufacturer’s base price starting a $12,995.00 US dollars, although the cost can go a notch up, based on model type and added features. Pre-owned cars can be found for a lower price, depending on model year, mileage, and running condition.
Engines for the Mirage come in two variations: 1.0L 3A90 Inline-3 and 1.2L 3A92 Inline-3. Both of those are gasoline engines.
Transmissions on this car are either a five-speed manual or an automatic continuously variable (CVT).
Size and Space Options
All models of the Mirage can seat up to five passengers. The space is more comfortable in the rear for two people. The car also boasts decent cargo space with rear split fold-down seats.
Control Panel and Display
Instrumentation is sleek and driver-friendly with a fuel gauge, tachometer, and speedometer, as well as push-button start, cruise control, and stereo controls.
The seats are comfortable with cloth upholstery. The cabin has climate control. There are no soft surfaces in the armrests but they aren’t uncomfortable nonetheless.
The Mirage is available worldwide at an affordable price.
The Mirage comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.
Standard safety features on this car include three-point seatbelts, seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, advanced stability control, Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution system with crumple zones and reinforced body points, and central locks.
Interior features that come pre-fitted in the car include power locks, power windows, automatic climate control, an audio system with CD player, USB port, and auxiliary jacks, cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Exterior features of Mirage include fog lamps, power side mirrors, intermittent wipers, and 14-inch alloy wheels.
Available accessories that comes pre-installed in the car include cargo mats and organizers, wheel locks, front bumper extensions, chrome trim, mud flaps, floor mats, and interior lighting kits.
Materials are a bit on the cheap side to keep costs low, but they don’t look cheap at all. The car is still fairly well-built and can be afforded by young people just starting out.
The Mirage has a rather bland look. The car is fuel-efficient and deserves a special praise for affordability.
The Mirage is a good value, although there are others in the same class and price range with more features or more powerful engines.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is a neat little car with a choice of models to fit your family’s requirements. The car is best known for its fuel efficiency, saving money at the gas pump, but the engine isn’t very powerful. Not a bad car, but not the best, either.