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The 2015 Mirage cannot claim the right to be called the best Mitsubishi car of the year. Compared with previously produced Mirages, the 2015 edition is kind of… disappointment. It isn’t fun to drive and it isn’t much attractive both inside and outside. Still, the reasons you should consider it are its low price and the best fuel efficiency among gasoline vehicles.
Exterior & Interior
As for its dimensions, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage can be put somewhere between subcompacts and minicars. It’s definitely smaller than the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, or Toyota Yaris although larger than the Fiat 500, Chevrolet Spark, or Smart ForTwo.
The 2015 Mirage is amazingly lightweight. Its curb weight amounts to 1,973 lb while gross weight is just 2,051 lb. For example, its rivals are much heavier: the Fiat 500 weighs 2,363 lb, Smart ForTwo is 1,808 lb, and the Chevy Spark is 2,269 lb.
The 2015 Mirage can be noticed on the road only due to its rainbow painting: along with white, black, silver, and grey, the car can be coloured in Kiwi Green, Plasma Purple, Sapphire Blue, or Infrared (names for the colours were chosen in the course of voting on social media). If it weren’t for such an unusual selection of colours, the Mirage would remain unnoticed. The auto lacks in personality. Most of its exterior features, such as a special form of the grille and headlights as well as taillights and tailgate, are taken from other Mitsubishi models.
The Mirage’s interior suits its low price, $13,805. Remember it before climbing in for the first time. The cabin inside looks extremely plain if not dull in terms of both design and quality of materials it’s trimmed with. You won’t find soft-touch surfaces here, just hard plastic.
There’s enough headroom front and back. To travel in this car for several hours is pleasant – the seats are very comfortable (although upholstery on the rear seats is too thin). However, there isn’t enough legroom at the back. To feel more or less comfortable, rear passengers should negotiate with those at the front or be really lean. The automaker definitely shot from the hip saying the 2015 Mirage can seat five passengers.
The steering wheel in the car just tilts, without telescoping. It isn’t terrible at all unless a driver is exceptionally tall. In such a case, the steering wheel using both tilt and telescope functions would be appropriate as a driver could adjust it to their liking.
One of the 2015 Mirage’s strong points is its cargo capacity: with the rear seats in place, it’s 17.2 cu ft. Maximum cargo capacity here is 47.0 cu ft.
Powertrain & Mileage
Without doubts, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage lags behind its competitors in terms of engine power. Actually, it’s the least powerful vehicle in the U.S. market at the moment. The hatchback is powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder motor that produces 74 hp and 74 lb/ft of torque (even the Fiat 500 generates 101 hp). It’s teamed up with a 5-speed manual transmission or continuously variable one.
The Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t created for long-distant journeys as well as for journeys on poor surfaces. Besides, do not expect it reacting quickly. Still, the Mirage performs quite well around the city.
Without taking into consideration electric vehicles and hybrids, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most fuel-efficient vehicle nowadays. The model with a manual transmission covers 34 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway (37 mpg combined) while a Mirage with a CVT is estimated at 37 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway (40 mpg combined).
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is available in two trim levels – the DE (basic) and ES (advanced). The DE models are equipped with variable intermittent wipers; power mirrors, windows, and locks; automatic climate control; AM/FM stereo; CD player; USB connectivity; 12-volt power outlet; etc.
The ES Mirages add chrome and silver trim accents, alloy wheels, fog lamps, height-adjustable driver’s seat, leather steering wheel, audio control right on the steering wheel, etc.
At will, a customer can order a $900 navigation package for their ES model. It implies availability of a 7-inch touchscreen, rear-view camera, and iPod playback capability. Also, for $695, they can get an appearance package with frontal, side, and rear lower body skirts. A $450 parking assist package includes LED interior lighting and front and rear sensors.
All the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage models offer seven airbags – front and side airbags for a driver and front-seat passenger, side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. Furthermore, there are electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, active stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes; seatbelts go with pre-tensioners.
Such a safety features suite earned the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the new Mirage with a ‘Good’ grade for the front and side impacts as well as seat/head restrained safety and roof strength.
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