The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage might be the best argument for buying a used car instead of new. With its spartan interior, limited standard features list and gutless power, the Mirage subcompact hatchback is about as basic as basic transportation gets.
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Price
MSRP range: $14,645 – $17,895
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Features & Specs
- Total MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 33 City / 41 Hwy / 36 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 9.2 gal. capacity
- 5 seats
- Type: Front Wheel Drive
- Transmission: 5-speed manual
- Inline 3 cylinder
- Horsepower: 76 hp @ 6000 rpm
- Torque: 74 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
- Basic Warranty
- 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
- Length: 151.4 in. / Height: 59.4 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 65.6 in.
- Curb Weight: 2040 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 17.1 cu.ft.
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Overview-
As new cars come, the Mirage isn’t that new. Despite a cosmetic update for 2021, the Mirage hatch and its sibling the Mirage G4 sedan (reviewed separately) have been in service for nearly a decade, a fact that’s apparent in their dated instrument cluster and dashboard designs.
The Mirage does have a few positive attributes. The main one is excellent fuel economy, with the CVT-equipped hatchback earning an EPA-estimated 39 mpg in combined city/highway driving. The Mirage also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and forward collision warning with automatic braking, and it’s backed by Mitsubishi’s generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which you certainly won’t find in any used car.
Due to the hot used car market in 2022, the case for buying a Mirage for an inexpensive set of wheels is probably stronger than it’s been in a long time. But all the same, we encourage you to check out other options, such as the Nissan Versa and Kia Rio, before settling on the Mirage.
Which Mirage does recommend?
Mitsubishi Mirage models
The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage is a front-wheel-drive subcompact hatchback available in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE and Black Edition. Every Mirage comes with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 76 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque.
The ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but you can opt for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which comes with every other trim level. Standard features include:
- 14-inch steel wheels
- Automatic climate control
- Cruise control
- Tilt steering wheel
- Keyless entry
Technology and safety features include:
- Rearview camera
- 7-inch audio display
- Four-speaker sound system with USB input
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connection
- Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
The LE adds:
- 14-inch alloy wheels
- Leather-wrapped shift knob
The Black Edition is essentially a Mirage LE with a handful of exterior cosmetic enhancements.
Additional features include:
- 15-inch alloy wheels finished in black
- Black exterior mirrors
- Black roof spoiler
- Red grille accents
- Red interior accents
The SE adds to the ES features with:
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights
- Automatic headlights with auto high beams
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Cloth and simulated leather combination seats
- Heated front seats
- Driver’s seat armrest
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Push-button ignition and proximity keyless entry
- Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
- Impressive fuel economy when equipped with the CVT automatic
- Long warranty
- One of the least expensive cars on sale
- Acceleration is very slow
- The engine is noisy and unrefined
- Excessive road noise at highway speeds
- Low-buck interior, even for this class of car
- New Black Edition model offers unique styling
- Automatic headlights now standard on SE trim
- Part of the fifth Mirage generation introduced for 2014