The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is a perfect car for those who want to drive a fun, new car with the features of the latest in safety and technology with an affordable price tag. Make no mistake, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage delivers on its promise of a low price and high value. With a starting price of less than $13,000, it costs less than the tiny Smart Fortwo or Fiat 500, though it’s bigger than both models.
Mitsubishi also claims it’s the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-powered vehicle available in America, clocking in at 37 mpg city/43 mpg highway. All the numbers for the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage add up to a solid buy, if you can afford the trade-off in size, power, and build quality.
Maybe you have a teenager seeking a solid set of wheels that won’t break the bank. Maybe you yourself need a no-nonsense vehicle with room for (ostensibly) five; a fold-down rear seat for cargo and storage; strong mileage numbers; an amazing price tag; and a power train warranty covering 10 years/100,000 miles. That’s a long list, but the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage comes through for either party — and plenty of drivers in between.
You can expect features and finishes commensurate with a car of this price. For 2017, the Mitsubishi Mirage picks up new front and rear bumpers and lower-body treatments, a new grille, different headlights and fog lamps, new 14- and 15-inch alloy wheels, and a new rear spoiler. Inside, Mitsubishi has better-quality seat upholstery, but the dash retains its hard plastic finishes.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in three trims: ES, SE, and GT. The base ES model includes air conditioning, keyless entry, full power accessories, steel wheels, and a four-speaker, 140-watt sound system. Step up to the SE for a new infotainment display that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a rearview camera system, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, and push-button start.
At the highest level, the GT adds heated front seats, 15-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon HID headlamps, and sportier trim. You can also bust the budget and shell out for front and rear park assist, 300-watt Rockford Fosgate audio, and LED running lamps, all available as options.
The Mirage includes seven airbags — driver and passenger front and side bags, side-curtain bags over the front and rear windows, plus a knee airbag for the driver — along with stability control, traction control, and all the typical anti-lock braking systems.
The bottom line on the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage: That is, it’s the most economical non-hybrid car on the market today, and it comes with solid mileage, as well as Mitsubishi’s industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile power train warranty. The Mitsubishi Mirage won’t win any beauty contests, but odds are the money you save on gas and the sticker price will look good on you.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage. From $12, 995.00
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Written by Jane Emery