The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most minimal four-seat car you can buy; with small cars lagging in sales, you can do better for little more money.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage remains what it’s been since its launch five years ago: a minicar used as family transportation in many less-affluent markets that’s been adapted to entry-level U.S. commuter-car duty. It is offered in three trim levels: the base ES, the mid-range SE, and the high-end GT.
Overall, we give the Mirage lineup 4.0 points out of a possible 10, one of our lowest ratings for any model. That rating would be even lower if it weren’t for the car’s fuel economy, the highest you can get without moving up to a hybrid-electric vehicle. The Mirage is below average in styling, performance, comfort, safety, and features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
With the continued exodus of buyers from passenger cars into crossover utilities of all sizes, manufacturer incentives now make it possible to get a larger, more comfortable, and better-performing compact sedan for little more money than a Mirage.
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While we admire minimalism, the Mirage simply isn’t a very good car in comparison to many other vehicles that are slightly larger and much better-equipped. Most buyers will find they can do better.