2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

A couple of weeks ago I got this car delivered to my home.


It’s the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES.

Unlike some of the cars I’ve received to review of late, this isn’t a luxurious souped up to the gills vehicle.  Rather its shining factor is the gas mileage it gets on the road.

An astounding, 44 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg in the city.  And yes that is with gas folks! The estimated fuel cost on this vehicle has you saving $4500 over 5 years in gas compared to the average new vehicle!  You’re going to have a tough time finding an all gas vehicle matching that kind of fuel economy.  We drove this tiny car around town and in a week we barely made a dent in the gas tank.

For a basic car with a few upgrades, the cloth interior is nice, and the front seats are comfortable enough.  The GPS system and the in dash screen were actually some of the best we’ve used in the new vehicles we’ve had the chance to drive.


The automatic climate control feature is a nice plus on what is basically a no frills vehicle.

The ES trim package gives you many of the amenities that an entry level vehicle may be lacking such as the push button start, blue tooth pairing and fog lamps, with not a lot of extra cost tacked on.

What you aren’t getting in the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES is a race car.  Rather when you’re stopped at intersections and traffic lights, you might feel like you’re on a riding lawn mower.  The idling is rough, and the pick up and acceleration has a bit to be desired,  although once you’re driving the ride does smooth out.  I’m no expert (and don’t claim to be), but it may have to do with the continuously variable transmission.  I did on occasion feel a little anxious when boxed in by large vehicles on either side of me, or when being passed by a truck, as the Mirage is built light and those are times you really notice it.


The trunk space was ample for a weekly grocery trip for a small family.


And the rear seats do fold down in the event you need to transport something a bit larger.

The particular configuration we drove, that has the optional equipment, has a total MSRP of $17,105.00.


All in all, while I did enjoy driving it around for the week we had it, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is definitely made for a certain market.  That target market of consumers are the ones looking for a commuter car (the tiny size also makes it easy to get in and out of parking spaces) or an entry level vehicle (like for a college student: I kept thinking “this would make a great first car for our daughter”).  Its affordable price and gas mileage make it an appealing investment to those that are looking at purchasing a vehicle for getting from Point A to Point B, while still being able to add some upgrades.


You can learn more about the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES on the Mitsubishi website.

4 thoughts on “2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

  1. We're currently looking for something for my daughter (it's going to be her graduation present), and this looks like the perfect size for her.

  2. After driving an SUV or minivan for the last decade, I think I would get way too nervous in a small vehicle like this, especially on the freeway. It would make an amazing car for a college student, single adult or for a work commute.

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