2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage…These kind of cars are in a class of car that is just pretty much invisible.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of those many cars that abuse the “GT” name.  Usually, GT should be reserved for the finest Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley and other marques that carry a historic weight with the GT name plate.

There are many cars out there with the GT designation that just ruin it.  So here we are with the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT.

Mitsubishi took the Mirage off the market for a couple years, but it is back in 2017.  The baby Mitsu is smaller than a Ford Fiesta, and is as basic as they come.  So throughout this article, I will reference the Ford Fiesta, as it is the only car in its segment with a comparable three cylinder engine.  However, just like everything else, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is smaller.

There’s always an upshot on these baby cars though.  Fuel economy is just crazy.  But the Mirage’s competitors all have great fuel economy, and they don’t use GT in their name.  A good plus.

You’ll never really get any excitement out of these little hatchbacks, but they have to be good for something, right?

The Specs-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Vehicle Type:Subcompact Sedan / hatchback
Power Plant:1.2 L 3-cyl 
Gearbox:5 speed auto/5 speed manual
Power:78 HP
MPG:Up to 43 Highway/37 City (Eco)
Torque:74 lb-ft.
Length:149.4 Inches
Width:65.6 Inches
Height:59.4 Inches
Wheelbase:96.5 Inches
Top Speed:100 MPH
Seating:5 Adults (barely)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):10 Seconds
Base Price:$13,800 (est).

 

The Exterior-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage:

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

The redesigned exterior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t actually horribly ugly.  The Mirage is a very small car no doubt, but it kind of looks like a cute mouse.

The front end has a very concise face with hardly anything to complicate it.  It is a fun looking car that looks at home wearing loud colors like orange or red.

Overall, the stature of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage seems to be a bit top heavy, almost characteristic of tiny cars like this.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a small hatchback only now, compared to the baby sedan we got before.  This is so that the Mirage can compete directly with the Ford Fiesta, which is a tall order to fill.  Mitsubishi is going up against some of the best out there, with 70 HP.

From the rear, you can see that the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage pretty much runs on bicycle tires, which adds to its top-heavy look.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

The rear end of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage accentuates its price tag.  Things are bubbly and playful, and the body seems to sit high above the tires.

Athletic or dynamic or capable aren’t really words that come to mind when looking at the baby commuter.  The Mirage is a pure-hearted city car.

In the city car world though, you give up a lot of things in the light of luxuries, space among other things.

There are some cars in this segment that actually give you quite a lot in such a small package, which is an art in itself.

The Interior-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage: 

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

The interior on subcompact cars is usually a cramped, dark place that you shouldn’t be in for more than 20 minutes without health concerns.  For as long as anyone can remember, these little cars had interiors that seemed to be just stamped out of plastic and other cheap materials that manufactures had laying around.

No designer really tried to make the interior of a small city car as fun or attractive as it could be, until recently.  The Ford Fiesta is a good example of this.  The new 2018 Ford Fiesta has a great looking interior, and still uses cheaper materials.  It’s all about the layout and design.

As for the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, the interior lay out isn’t perfect, but it is good.  The new Mirage also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Mitsubishi also fitted a new steering wheel, infotainment and dashboard arrangement.

However, cabin noise on the road is pretty loud, and the car seems to shake at idle.  Not exactly what you want.

Overall, the interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is a nice place, but there are some bugs still lingering around in the engineering.

The Performance-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage:

I do need to say that this car produces 78 horsepower; And I do need to say that 78 HP is nearly nothing.

The Mirage is a light car (just over 2,000 pounds) but having a 1.2 L three cylinder engine with less horsepower than some tractors is just sad.

This translates to a 0-60 time in over 10 seconds.  10 seconds is two seconds slower than the 2018 Ford Fiesta, which weights 200 pounds more than the Mirage.  What this means for the driver, is a daily struggle to get up to road speeds; Especially on the highway.  Hence the term “City car”.  The only segment where 78 HP is slightly passable.

Like I said before, wind noise and road noise are both a problem in the 2017 Mirage.  Also, the suspension is forgiving and it makes for a comfortable ride, however, that means the driving dynamics are pretty poor.

I wouldn’t expect sports-car handling or driving experience, but something decent would be nice.  But hey, who’s complaining about 43 MPG?

Sum It Up:

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage GT may be the furthest you can get from a sporty driving experience, but they make great city cars.

Extremely small compact cars do have their own appeal, and can be very useful in daily activities where Cadillac Escalades would fall short in.

For now, Mitsubishi has hardly anything to offer really.  It’s been dull since they cancelled production of the Evo, and their automotive products are starting to resemble their electric division that makes air conditioners.

Expect a release date for the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage this spring.

 

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