Mitsubishi Mirage 2023

The revised Mirage is new from the windshield forward and displays Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” styling theme featuring horizontally-arrayed chrome accent pieces. The cabin is updated as well and incorporates a display audio screen and the availability of the iOS/Android cellphone interface.
Power stems from a 1.2L inline triple churning out 78 horsepower. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and a CVT. Driven before its update, the Mirage, with a good heater and volcanic seat heaters, shrugs off winter conditions. The Mirage rides pretty well for such a small, light car, especially in town but handling becomes nautical when the car is pushed. The Mirage’s steering is relatively precise but lightly weighted and lacks any sensation of the road rolling underneath its wheels. The CVT ekes out every bit of performance available from the 1.2L triple and allows for surprisingly serene cruising, but performance is lacklustre and unless at a steady speed, the engine sounds like a diesel with an exhaust leak. Noise from grit pinging off the bottom or the car and wind noise over the roof (not the windows) betray a lack of sound proofing.
Comfortable front seats but the rear seat is small, hard and flat. Cabin space is quite good considering the Mirage’s tight dimensions and two adults can wedge themselves into the back seat for cross-town hops easily enough. Reasonable cabin fit and finish. The trunk is regularly shaped and deep below the window line. Fuel mileage is unimpressive considering the performance disadvantage the Mirage represents compared with its competitors. The Mirage racked up only 1370 sales in 2020, compared with over 6000 sales for the directly competitive Chevrolet Spark.

Though is is priced under $16,000, the ES manual is not a steal by any means as it is very small, slow and noisy. The CVT transmission costs an extra $1200 on the ES. The SE adds alloy wheels, power rear windows, locks and keyless entry and cruise control, but is overpriced. The GT includes L.E.D. headlights, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency warning, lane departure warning, heated front seats and push-button start, and is good value. However, at nearly $21,000, the car looks expensive when compared with a car like the Kia Rio. Poor resale value. ‘

Only partial data is available as too few cars have been sold. Unknown CVT durability. The hard-working three-cylinder engine is lubricated by only 3L of oil so check your oil level frequently and keep all oil change receipts in the event of an engine problem. Mitsubishi’s 10 year/160,000 powertrain warranty does instill some confidence that the powertrain will go the distance.

Last update: June 27, 2023


  • Engine

    1.2L‑3 (78 HP) 
  • Transmissions

    5M, CVT* 
  • Fuel consumption

    City: 6.6L/100 km Road: 5.6L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    Front-wheel drive
  • Body Style



6.6L/100 km
5.6L/100 km

What’s new this year?

No changes of note for the Mirage in its 10th year in its current form.

Starting from  $ 14 298

What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - September 26, 2023
Base vehicle
ES Manual
$ 0 $ 14 298
$ 0 $ 15 498
SE Manual
$ 0 $ 17 596
$ 0 $ 20 748
Optional Paint

Available on select trims.

$ 0 $ 450
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$ 0 $ 1 698
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