The 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage has a lot more going for it than consumers may realize. Sure, the model is getting little changes when compared to the rest of the lineup, but when it comes to this hatchback, too many changes could ruin what it’s known for – superb fuel efficiency. Plus, the Mirage has received many of the upgrades that have made it into the rest of the lineup, increasing its performance on the road and interior comfort.
Every trim on the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a 1.2L MIVEC DOHC engine under the hood. Able to generate 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. Optimized with Mitsubishi Motors’ brand of variable valve timing technology (VVT), this adds to the incredible fuel efficiency of the vehicle, but more on that in a moment. Able to come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the engineering of the Mirage isn’t just modern.
The performance of the Mirage for this generation has always been excellent, and a part of that is due to its braking power. A firm brake pedal gives the driver more control than some of the competitors to the Mirage, with responsive feedback that lets the driver know how hard to press to come to a full stop with a progressive buildup of stopping power. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual, found only on the base ES trim, but this trim level can upgrade to the CVT found standard in the rest of the lineup, offering a fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
Hatchbacks are known for two things – style and space. The outside may not be as flashy, with LED and automatic headlights reserved for high-end trims, but the interior space is better than expected. The front row and rear seats in the Mirage offer excellent headroom, legroom, and shoulder room, making it more comfortable than the average hatchback. Seating five passengers is no problem here. Plus, there are multiple storage options and cubby holes for storing away accessories, plenty of cup holders, top-notch ergonomics, and 17.1 cubic-feet of cargo capacity behind the front seats thanks to a split-rear folding bench seat. Although leather upholstery and heated front seats are reserved for the SE trim, the standard fabric seat trimming feels more premium than consumers would find in other vehicles in the same class.
Get What You Pay For
The numbers for the 2023 model are still floating around, but we doubt it will be much more than the starting MSRP of the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage, set at $14,645 (plus destination fee). The interior cabin has a soft premium touch, only highlighted by the standard tech setup across the lineup. Every trim comes with a 7-inch smartphone-link display four-speaker audio system, offering AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capability, and steering wheel audio and phone controls, and steering wheel voice recognition control.
Best of all, Mitsubishi Motors is known for its warranty. All Mitsubishi vehicles are covered by a basic limited warranty for 5 years/60,000 miles, a powertrain limited warranty for 10 years/100,000 miles, 7 years or 100,000 miles of anti-corrosion coverage, and roadside assistance. This means the powertrain, even if it breaks down, can be fixed to be like new for ten years. Most consumers rarely keep a vehicle for more than a decade, and because of the warranty, even if a hand-me-down to a young driver, the Mirage not only makes for a great gift, but it’s not too fast and parents can rest easy knowing the engineering is still top notch. Looking for your own Mitsubishi Mirage? At Miami Lakes Automall, you can find yours.