After a few days driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, I discovered there is a lot to love in this hatchback. From fuel efficiency and safety to great features and options, the Mirage proved itself as the ideal choice for first-time drivers and new families. Here’s a closer look at what makes the Mitsubishi Mirage worth a second look.
Get Up and Go
When driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, I was most surprised to learn just how much zip this car contains. With a 1.2-liter, 3-cyclinder MIVEC DOHC engine, I couldn’t imagine spending much time in the passing lane on the highway. What I found, however, was this car had no trouble picking up and maintaining speed. In fact, I often found myself having to slow down to stay within the speed limit.
Of course, this small engine served another purpose: conserving fuel. During the week I drove this car, I routinely got 36 to 38 miles per gallon driving around town. When I hit the highway, the mpg went up to 40 to 41. On a seven-gallon tank of gas, I covered 276 miles – the same amount I drive on roughly 17 gallons in my SUV. This combined with dropping gas prices, and I was able to fill the car up with less than $16, something I haven’t done since college. Needless to say, I was one happy camper…er, driver.
When driving, I found the car easy to maneuver. Given how light the car is and how close it sits to the ground, I had expected to feel every bump on the road, especially on the highway, but this was not the case. The electric power steering, active stability control system with traction control logic, and the anti-locking braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist all contributed to a smooth ride.
Safe and Sound
Something else that impressed me about the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage was its outstanding safety features. The RISE, or reinforced impact safety evolution, construction of the car deflects and transfers crash energy away from occupants. Coupled with seven airbags, including the driver’s knee impact airbags, and it’s no wonder the car earned top safety rankings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Speaking of sound, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage comes equipped with a 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with Bluetooth® and USB input. With just four speakers, the system wasn’t booming, but it worked for my needs. My test vehicle also included an optional 7-inch, touch screen MMES Navigation System and backup camera, both of which were nice extras to have.
When examining the car’s interior, it’s important to remember this is a budget-friendly car, so the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is not luxe by any means. Although the car includes a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, the fabric-covered seats throughout along with the carpeted floor mats were functional if not always comfortable. And, although the front seats are elevated for increased rear floor space and improved seating position and comfort for rear occupants, there still is not a lot of space inside the car. My 6-foot-tall husband had to move the front passenger seat as far back as possible to accommodate his frame.
In the rear of the car, you’ll find 17.2 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are up, which is pretty good for regular errands like running to the grocery store. However, it would be a tight fit if you are traveling with more than two people and have a lot of luggage. With the rear seats down, the cargo space jumps up to 47 cubic feet. Owners also have the option of rear 60/40 split bench seats with fold flat features.
Overall, I enjoyed driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, and I think it would make a great car for first-time drivers or new families looking to expand to a four-door vehicle. Given how fuel-efficient and safe it is, this car works for any driver looking to get a great car that is easy on the wallet from purchase throughout ownership.