We recently had our first experience with helping our oldest daughter, aged 19, with buying her first car. We selected an used one because we had to stick to a budget and we wanted one with really good gas mileage. However, we have found since that there are some other economically priced cars, that are brand new. The Mitsubishi Mirage priced at about $13,00o is one of them and comes with a great warranty. All that sounds really good to me about now, especially since I’m looking at a four digit repair bill for the used car after it broke down of course about 90 days after it was purchased.
Disclosure: I was provided with a Mitsubishi Mirage to test drive. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and my family’s.
Mitsubishi Mirage Facts
The Mitsubishi Mirage is a 5 door sub-compact car available in lots of fun colors. It’s maximum fuel economy rating is 44 mpg, with a great warranty, and is pretty maneuverable. It has a 74-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder. Other features of note include:
Other model years: 2014
MSRP: From $12,995
MPG: Up to 37 city, 44 highway
Engine: 1.2L 3-cylinder
Since repairs are on my mind, let’s talk warranty “10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty3. We also include a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Vehicle Basic Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty on the restraint system, a 7-year/100,000-mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty, and 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance” See your dealer for details.
Airbags: Although the Mirage states that it’s a 5 passenger car, I think that four is maximum capacity. However what is very nice is that it has 7 airbags to help keep everyone safe. There are six standard airbags-including front, front-seat-mounted, and side-curtain airbags-the Mirage adds a seventh underneath the driver’s side dashboard. Designed to stabilize your lower body and knees during certain types of frontal collisions.
Another safety feature is the Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body utilizes crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions.
Favorite features include the one touch start/stop engine switch, automatic climate control, fast key entry system, and leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, it means I don’t have to go get one if it comes with it.
My thoughts on the Mitsubishi Mirage
I admit, that in Houston being able to maneuver is important since I’m frequently needing to park in some pretty tight spots whether it’s a parking garage or curbside. But most importantly is the gas mileage which at about 40 mpg is exceptional. I may drive 30 minutes just to get 10 miles, so with a car that is frequently just sitting in traffic good gas mileage is key.
I also really like the rear warning system when the gear shift is placed in reverse. It’s something my older car does not have and while standard on most newer cars, I can’t help but appreciate it whenever I’m driving whether it’s a rental or a test drive.
The trunk space, just like everything else in this car is sub compact. Keep that in mind. So that means my daughter complained about the leg room in the back seat and I found that with all the groceries I had for a family of 5 that either I left 1) groceries in the car 2) or kids in the cart, just to get everything home as the trunk space is a little on the small side. We compromised and the kids held bags in their laps.
Overall I think it’s a great starter car for either a teen or someone recently graduated for college. I think it’s a little small for a family of our size, but could work well for a couple starting out with a car seat in the back seat. It could use a little more pick me up but I do love the economy of the price as well as the amazing warranty and the fuel efficiency.