The buttons are logically placed, decently sized and easy to use. Out on the highway, though, the little car becomes fidgety and demands more of the driver's attention. One possible anomaly: A panic stop momentarily overwhelmed the anti-lock brakes on our pre-production car, leaving stripes of rubber on the road. The Mirage is also, however, a remarkably light car. Add in the standard rear spoiler and you can say that Mitsubishi at least tried to make it interesting. I sandwiched my family back there and it was a bad experiment.
Deceleration starts off drama-free but lacks any smoothness by the end, when the brakes pulse and the car shudders to a stop. A few reviewers mention that the engine is loud, which is a common complaint about subcompact cars. Seven airbags are standard, including a driver-knee airbag — unexpected at this price. Mitsubishi is resurrecting the Mirage name after a decade-plus hiatus. Make sure to grab the appropriate tools to test all the wires in your Mirage. The ride is good enough on smooth pavement, but sudden maneuvers like lane changes produce a great deal of body roll and a wobbly and uncertain feeling until the car evens out again. The car is available as a four-door hatchback and seats five … technically.
While many of its competitors have some style that set them apart from the crowd, the Mirage blends right into the sea of traffic. By the numbers, front passenger space is more plentiful than in the Scion iQ, but the Spark offers a smidge more. It comes with just one engine, a 1. They also note that the Mirage adequately handles bumps, but is less composed around corners. Show full review When the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage was introduced at the 2013 New York Auto Show, many of us Cars. The steering wheel tilts, but does not telescope.
Its turning circle is a minimal 30. Broken roads bring out the worst in the Mirage, as its small 14-inch wheels crash over ruts and expansion joints. The front-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a positively tiny 1. A wide opening and low liftover help, however, and I was able to wedge a small umbrella stroller back there. Rival subcompact cars far surpass the Mitsubishi in these areas.
One good thing is that the Mirage at least includes a somewhat modern audio system standard. The 2014 Mirage is a nimble urban warrior, though. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has a three-cylinder engine, and while reviewers say the Mirage is capable of achieving highway speeds, they also write that accelerating and passing requires some forethought. Keep in mind if you are installing a new radio in your Mirage you need the wiring harness, the antenna adapter, steering wheel control module, and the mounting kit as well. If there's anything I've learned testing cars, it's that drum brakes must be really, really cheap.
At steady rates of travel, the Mirage is decently quiet, and it rides well on good road surfaces. Resurrecting a familiar name makes sense from a marketing and brand-recognition standpoint, but the only thing the two generations share is a name, and I doubt owners of the old one will want anything to do with the new shapeless econo-box. Acceleration is lackadaisical and the sounds that accompany it are an assault on the senses. Connect the center conductor to the video positive which is black in the 5-pin plug. Connect the black wire to the black ground lead from your aftermarket radio. There's discs up front doing all of the heavy lifting, and they do their job fine. Even at low speeds, the three-cylinder makes a considerable racket.
The Mirage rides harshly over bumpy pavement, and handling isn't what we'd call confident or secure. From the cheap plastics, to the sea-of-black dashboard, to the flat-as-a-board rear seat, the Mirage just lacks any character at all. The brakes discs up front, drums in the rear have a solid feel and work fine for such a light car. The high side of that rating is attainable, too; during mixed highway and city driving, several editors averaged in the low 40s. To pass a car ahead requires a long clear space and advance planning, and generates a lot of engine noise for very slow gains in momentum. Ground the purple wire in pin 19 or 11 depending which end you count from in the main radio connector. After that use a Phillips screwdriver the radio is held in with 4 screws.
It also has hill-start assist. In Automotive News brake testing, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet, an average distance for a car in this class. I did, however, have the Mirage loaded with people and cargo during my weekend test; other editors said power was acceptable in the flatlands of Illinois when saddled with less weight. It competes against other tiny entries like the Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ compare them. Connect the shield to the gray wire in the 5-pin plug.
Although the three-cylinder engine is certainly fuel-efficient, acceleration is quite slow and you'll need to plan well ahead for passing maneuvers on the highway. . The camera wires are in a 5-pin plug behind the radio. The steering system is no help; feedback is nonexistent and constant correction is required at higher speeds. Reviewers say the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has some practical appeal because of its low price and long warranty, but rivals have better handling, more power and a lot more style.
Failure to properly test all the wires may lead to vehicle or bodily damage. The stubby front end combined with the tall and swooping roof really looks rather awkward. The Smart ForTwo is similarly sized, but has only two seats. It's less numb than you'd expect, and you can feel what the wheels are doing through the pedal — for good and bad — pretty easily. Horsepower in the mid-70s doesn't have to feel all that terrible if the car is light enough, and the Mirage certainly is: 1996 lbs. Then again, that spoiler looks really out of place… But, you have to keep in mind that form was likely an afterthought to function when Mitsubishi designed this tiny hatchback.