When we reviewed the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage a few months ago, we absolutely hated it. Our conclusion was that if you needed a car in this segment to either pay a few hundred dollars more for a Chevy Spark or spend less for an entry-level Nissan Versa. Basically, avoid this Mitsubishi at all costs. It turns out that we weren't the only ones who despised it. Consumer Reports can often find something positive about just about any vehicle, but even the usually gentle publication struggles to find compliments when it comes to the Mirage.

It's most serious gripe concerns the model's handling. CR describes the way that the Mirage wallows around turns with tons of body lean even at low speeds as "scary." A little car with a curb weight of 2,051 pounds just shouldn't corner this poorly.

While Consumer Reports definitely has no love when it comes to the 2014 Mirage, finding something to dislike about practically every aspect of the vehicle from its powertrain to the interior, the reviewers do end up digging out one positive aspect. You'll have to scroll down and watch the video to find out what it is.


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      Miguel Gomez
      • 5 Months Ago
      Honestly, if you think about it this way, this car makes sense: A new, modernized, Geo Metro. Literally the closest possible car that Mitsubishi could legally make to be an homage to the hyper-milling workhorse that was the Geo Metro. I know it may seem far-fetched, but this car is okay that way.
        rdaex1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Miguel Gomez
        I have a hard time believing that the real world mileage would be that great... as you have to basically bury the gas pedal to get it to go anywhere.
      Orion798
      • 5 Months Ago
      Yeah... I don't like this car either. But, please note that Mitsubishi is actually doing a lot better in the market than before. You have to be very careful when thinking a brand is dead. MechE, especially, Isuzu still has a thriving truck business world wide, and provides engines to many automakers in China. Suzuki is more than alive and well, releasing 4 new models around the world in the next year and really lowering production costs amazingly by outsourcing to India and Indonesia. And Mitsubishi has returned to profit and seems like it's holding it. Lackluster model aside, Mitsu may actually be coming back into the market. It's just doing that very slowly. God awful slowly.
        MechE
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Orion798
        You are correct regarding all three manufacturers. None of them are going to go completely out of business (far from it), however from a NA motor company standpoint Mitsu is heading down the same path as Isuzu and Suzuki. What do they have in the pipeline? They might eventually bring something good out but it's going to be too late. The dealership network and customer base is not what it used to be. I would rather be wrong and see them make a comeback, I never thought Hyundai, Kia or Chrysler would be where they are today. I also never thought I would personally find domestic big 3 more interesting than Japanese big 3 brands but the whole NA market has kind of done a 180. Regardless, I give Mitsubishi 5 years before they're out of the NA market.
      wooootles
      • 5 Months Ago
      Creators of legends like the Evo, 1st/2nd-Gen Eclipse, Galant VR4 and 3000GT: WTF happened
      Tourian
      • 5 Months Ago
      Lol, what do you mean "even". Consumer Reports has a history of bashing Mitsubishis. Somebody should have been put in jail or sued for the lies they printed that helped kill off the Montero back in the early 2000s. They underinflated the tires and installed heavy "safety" beams and told their drivers to hoon the vehicle so hard the rim dug in to the asphalt during the test where they determined it was "unsafe" and "prone to flipping. The Mirage is selling well. Apparently people don't care and just need a cheap car and the little Mitsubishi does the job just fine.
      carsenthusiast.a
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Mirage isn't as bad as it's said to be. I drove one with the 5-speed manual and then drove a 2014 Fiesta SE with a 5-speed for an accurate comparison. The MSRP and what you can actually purchase one are completely different. The mid-level Mirage is about $14k out the door and it has everything most buyers will use or need. Regarding the power, the car has its limitations, but it's not too bad with the 5-speed manual. I purposefully chose to not drive the CVT, because there's no control over the RPM's, etc. On the test drive with three adults, the Mirage seemed fine. Handling and noise wasn't as bad as professionals degrade it for. It's actually better than most average assessments. It has the best warranty, it gets excellent economy even with the manual. The push button start is nice, the AC is very powerful and the build quality is pretty good for a car so light with 74 hp. Most of the critics actually don't drive these cars. The people that need the Mirage or want one - it's definitely not a waste of time to check one out. There are plenty of reasons for buying one. It all comes down to individual priorities and perception. Mitsubishi only projected to sell 7,000 units for 2014, so far 6,816 have been sold in the first two quarters and there's still another 6 months to go. All those buyers can't be wrong. The car hasn't had one recall on it yet. Test drive one first and then make an assessment. Try reading Edmunds consumer reviews as well. That combined paints accuracy of a good picture.
      mylexicon
      • 5 Months Ago
      Consumers want to be lied to. Their car is supposed to tell them how accomplished they are, and reassure them that they can drive over mountains or around the Nurburgring in 7 minutes flat or hold a UN summit in the wood-trimmed interior or save the planet or blend seamlessly into human civilization. Cheap cars are honest and that's why people hate them. Mirage tells you that you're a mortal mammalian life-form, with and a penchant for frugality and taupe styling. Mirage assures you that you can traverse large potholes without crashing, but nothing more. How dare you tell us the truth, Mitsubishi Mirage?!
        j
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mylexicon
        Mirage in your garage tells you that your ability to compare and choose well from among competing, expensive, and mass produced machinery - sucks.
        mylexicon
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mylexicon
        I don't think either of you understand how cheap the Mirage really is. It doesn't sell for MSRP. It's the cheapest hatchback in the US, and the most fuel efficient. It's only direct price competitor is Versa S sedan.
          REMUSRM
          • 5 Months Ago
          @mylexicon
          so true, got mine for 12740 OTD
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      How'd a car like this make it into production?
      A TK
      • 4 Months Ago
      I test drove one at mitsubishi owner's day. It wasn't bad. It was very smooth and really modern. I'm a race car driver so I guess i'm just used to spartan interiors, but I've driven much worse cars. This wasn't as bad as people make it seem. it's a cheap car meant to get you from A to B and the gas mileage is actually better than whats on the sticker depending on if you leave it in eco mode or "sport (lol)" mode. Imho it looks better than a versa, too. They're selling well and hopefully it'll bring mitsu back so we can see the legendary 3000gt, Eclipse, Evo XI, and perhaps even a new galant or diamante make a return. Thats their goal for the future according to the guys that work at the headquarters.
      jr
      • 2 Months Ago

      I think its smart and more than "okay" since the gas prices are only going to go up tremendously in the future and NEVER come back down once they do, also with the features this car offers in which they should charge extra for like all the other car companies do, but don't charge extra makes it even more attractive/smart and just makes sense(cents) for you as a consumer or should I say dollars$ if you don't have a big family of course.

      Cool Disco Dan
      • 5 Months Ago
      So people are complaining that a cheap car is cheap? I wonder how much cheaper it could have been with out all the unneeded mandated safety devices like airbags and other things. Maybe it would fall more into a price line that reflects its build quality.
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Versa and the Mirage make absolutely no sense. They're both shitboxes built to a price. There are far better options out there in the used market.
        RocketRed
        • 5 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Agree. I like box-fresh cars myself, but the reason to buy new is to get up to date features, efficiency, design, and build quality. You can get yourself a 50-70K milses Civic for similar money. It will be like a Bentley inside compared to this thing, and you won't be terrified merging onto the highway. And I'd be less concerned with the reliability of the used Honda than with the new Mitsubishi.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'd take one of these over a Spark, Mini, Sonic, Versa and several others.
        j
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        My friend has a Yugo collecting dust, that a buyer of your taste, refinement and distinction would find far more compelling - and cheap!
        Titansfan1967
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Are you lonely? You sound like you are in need of attention.
        Koenigsegg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Sodium: Na
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