The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is a great little hatchback. It is affordable, stylish and gets incredible gas mileage. It’s also front-wheel drive, which is a real bonus when you need to maneuver in and out of traffic and any kind of weather conditions. The cool thing about this year’s Mirage is that it is practically a brand new car. That’s right, Mitsubishi pulled this subcompact off the market for an entire year just to upgrade and improve it.
The engine has been improved by four-horsepower and the brakes have been enlarged on all four wheels. There’s a new steering wheel, revised suspension tuning, newly designed headlights and taillights along with a great new bumper. The interior has been gone through also and the glossy black trim was a terrific idea because it gives the Mirage an element of “cool.” The interior also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality that brings it into the future right now.
Safety is always a consideration at Mitsubishi and the Mirage has incorporated many safety features. There are front seat-side airbags, side curtain bags and a driver knee bag. Anti-lock brakes all around (rear drum and front disc), along with a traction and stability control system. On the GT and SE trim levels (there are three levels) the Mirage has a standard rearview camera and rear and front parking sensors are available as options on all levels of trim.
Speaking of safety, the Mirage was awarded the highest rating of “Good” by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) for moderate overlap frontal offset, roof strength and side impact tests. For rear impact crashes the Mirage was also awarded “Good” for whiplash protection in its seat/head restraint design. The Mirage also earned high scores for frontal impact, side impact and over all crash protection.
Since the Mirage is well known for its economic value we should mention that the EPA’s estimate for this subcompact’s fuel use is 36 miles per gallon combined (city and highway). That’s with the manual five-speed transmission. The EPA goes even higher when judging the Mirage with the CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission). It gets 39 miles per gallon combined, which is almost incredible for a non-hybrid car. The Mirage is once again on the showroom floor just waiting for you to test drive it. Come see it at Lone Star Mitsubishi.