G_Body_Man Dork
Nov. 18, 2015 7:52 p.m.

I bet you weren't expecting it to grow up. Yes, the baby Mitsubishi sports new lights, fascias, wheels, and a new hood.

It gets a more aggressive cam for more power (78, up from 74), and retuned dampers and springs that hopefully will provide a starchier and better controlled setup. Braking power is also up, with bigger front discs and rear drums, as well as better quality pads and shoes. A manual transmission is standard, with a next generation CVT as an option.

Inside, it gets some new piano black and chrome trim, along with revised instrumentation. Seat fabrics are also new, along with an available Rockford Fosgate EcoPunch 300 watt stereo. This sound system can be mated to a 6.1" navigation system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration.

So what does everyone think of the new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage? Could it be an interesting little city runabout, or is it all just a figment of your imagination?

clutchsmoke SuperDork
Nov. 18, 2015 8:17 p.m.

I'm told the rest of the car is junk and feels like you're driving around a 90s geo metro. I mean if you have to buy new and can't afford better I guess this works?

Gearheadotaku PowerDork
Nov. 18, 2015 8:59 p.m.

You'd be better off buying a 3 or 4 year old Civic/Cruze/Focus for the same money.

logdog SuperDork
Nov. 18, 2015 9:19 p.m.

Looks like this is the basic, simple car that many people on the internet swear they will buy if only somebody would make a simple, basic car.

pointofdeparture PowerDork
Nov. 18, 2015 9:36 p.m.

In case you haven't seen it, these were the victim of possibly the most vicious auto review of this decade. Hopefully they took some of the criticism to heart, Mitsubishi could use the help...

Low expectations don’t guarantee happiness, but at least there isn’t much disappointment. The reborn Mitsubishi Mirage lowers expectations, strangles them and buries their remains in a deep unmarked grave. If this car wasn’t disappointing, it wouldn’t be anything at all.
Rufledt UltraDork
Nov. 18, 2015 10:08 p.m.

In reply to pointofdeparture:

wow that was harsh

logdog wrote: Looks like this is the basic, simple car that many people on the internet swear they will buy if only somebody would make a simple, basic car.

I think there's a difference between simple/basic, and cheap crap. I would suggest the simple/basic car out there is the mazda 2- it's close in price (starts cheaper than the model used in that test linked by pointofdeparture) and it doesn't blow chunks.

carzan Dork
Nov. 18, 2015 10:51 p.m.

Looks like they HAVE made some improvements since the review of the 2014 model. There's an awful lot of hate for a car that no one here has even tried. Here's the Motorweek test of a 2015 model. If the 2017 is an improvement over that, it might be worth a look.

oldopelguy SuperDork
Nov. 19, 2015 5:02 a.m.

Over 30k miles on my 2014, including the trip to TX to pick up my new truck. Average just under 40 mpg lifetime, less in the cold and more when warm, 50+ if I am driving the 55 mph back roads in MN back and forth to the family cabin.

I've not had any issues at all so far. I added a rear sway bar and swapped down to 13" rims and tires instead of the stock impossible to find 14" ones, but anything else is cosmetic. It is like a Geo Metro, except with power features, more power, better seats, and a great Bluetooth setup.

Klayfish UltraDork
Nov. 19, 2015 5:56 a.m.

I looked at them hard about 18 months ago when I was searching for a cheap fuel efficient beater. Local dealers offered me a new ES model (the highest trim level) for right around $12k. If in your mind you had to have a brand new car and wanted something to get you from point A to point B, with some decent creature comforts, I didn't think it was all that horrible. But I also felt that a CPO Corolla, Civic, Cruze would be a better way to spend your money.

Type Q Dork
Nov. 19, 2015 9:44 a.m.

Sounds like a great car for businesses needing inexpensive light duty vehicles. I am thinking pizza delivery and the like.

Duke MegaDork
Nov. 19, 2015 9:47 a.m.
G_Body_Man wrote: I bet you weren't expecting it to grow up.

I wasn't expecting Mitsubishi to still be selling cars in 2017.

1988RedT2 PowerDork
Nov. 19, 2015 9:59 a.m.

Wasn't the 1989 Galant the last car that Mitsubishi made that garnered critical acclaim? How are they still in the US market, or even still existing at all?

I predict the 2017 Mirage will do nothing to improve their prospects, but what do I know? I predicted their demise twenty years ago.

Klayfish UltraDork
Nov. 19, 2015 11:25 a.m.
1988RedT2 wrote: Wasn't the 1989 Galant the last car that Mitsubishi made that garnered critical acclaim? How are they still in the US market, or even still existing at all? I predict the 2017 Mirage will do nothing to improve their prospects, but what do I know? I predicted their demise twenty years ago.

When the Evo arrived here, it was very well received. I thought it might spark Mitsu sales, but obviously that didn't happen.

I think the Outlander sells enough here to keep them in business.

Nov. 19, 2015 11:49 a.m.

I'd rather have a dacia sandero.

1988RedT2 PowerDork
Nov. 19, 2015 11:50 a.m.
Klayfish wrote:
1988RedT2 wrote: Wasn't the 1989 Galant the last car that Mitsubishi made that garnered critical acclaim? How are they still in the US market, or even still existing at all? I predict the 2017 Mirage will do nothing to improve their prospects, but what do I know? I predicted their demise twenty years ago.

When the Evo arrived here, it was very well received. I thought it might spark Mitsu sales, but obviously that didn't happen.

I think the Outlander sells enough here to keep them in business.

See, I knew somebody would mention the Evo, but lets face it. A $40k econobox with drivetrain upgrades isn't the kind of car that keeps a company afloat.

Yeah, the SUV Outlander, I suppose.

bravenrace MegaDork
Nov. 19, 2015 11:56 a.m.

What's a Mitsushibi?

trucke Dork
Nov. 19, 2015 12:08 p.m.
bravenrace wrote: What's a Mitsushibi?

bravenrace MegaDork
Nov. 19, 2015 12:41 p.m.

In reply to trucke:

Really? Its a Mitsushibi, not a Mitsubishi?

mad_machine MegaDork
Nov. 19, 2015 12:42 p.m.

I think I would buy a Hyundai Accent first.

Maybe it is just the damage done by cheap/broke and hamfisted owners.. but every mitsu I have seen smoked.. and this included my own Mitsu powered Hyundai excel.. by 100,000 miles it was well on it's way to emphysema

Klayfish UltraDork
Nov. 19, 2015 3:06 p.m.
bravenrace wrote: What's a Mitsushibi?

I actually have this TV, it's awesome.

trucke Dork
Nov. 19, 2015 3:32 p.m.
bravenrace wrote: In reply to trucke: Really? Its a Mitsushibi, not a Mitsubishi?

I was trying to downplay your spelling abilities!

Feedyurhed SuperDork
Nov. 19, 2015 6:46 p.m.

I actually really use to like Mitsubishi. The Galant VR4, first gen. Eclipse (Diamond Star) and of course all the Evos. They sure dropped the ball.

tuna55 MegaDork
Nov. 20, 2015 7:02 a.m.

I dunno, I like it...

TGMF Reader
Nov. 20, 2015 7:36 a.m.

Drove a '14 for work. 90's Geo metro feels like the same car. The sound of the three cylinder was entertaining, mostly because it sounds different than almost everything else on the road. But the CVT is lazy, when the gutless engine is finally wound up, you better enjoy the sound, because it will be screaming its funky 3 cylinder noise for a long time as you attempt forward progress. Horrible car is a understatement. A manual trans probably makes it significantly better, but no matter what, you're far better off in the used car market for....well anything other than one of these.

Nov. 20, 2015 8:50 p.m.

I liked this one I saw at STPR

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