The Mitsubishi Mirage is among Canada’s cheapest and least-expensive cars, a pair of distinctions we think are equally notable. And while it is not the absolute least expensive new car you can buy in 2020, it is, quite possibly, the cheapest. With a significantly refreshed Mirage waiting in the wings for 2021, the 2020 model is unchanged from last year.
Mitsubishi sells the Mirage in ES, SE and GT trim levels, all of which are powered by a 1.2L three-cylinder engine. ES comes standard with a five-speed manual and can be optioned with a continuously variable automatic (CVT), which is included in SE and GT models.
ES trim includes 14-inch steel wheels with covers, auto-off headlights, power-adjustable side mirrors, LED taillights, air conditioning with automatic climate control, power front windows, a four-speaker AM/FM stereo, and tilt-and-telescopic steering.
All Mirage options are contained in the car’s uplevel trims.
SE adds power door locks with keyless entry, cruise control, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
GT models gain 15-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn-signal repeaters, heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver’s seat with armrest, premium cloth upholstery, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, gloss black, silver and chrome interior trim, passive keyless entry, and an upgraded gauge cluster.
Mitsubishi’s fuel consumption estimates for the Mirage are 7.1/5.8 L/100 km (city/highway) with the five-speed manual transmission, and 6.6/5.6 with the CVT.
The subcompact car class is not exactly buzzing these days with Ford and Nissan having abandoned the segment. The Mirage’s closest competitor is the Chevrolet Spark, a tiny city car with more charm and refinement than the Mitsu. The Toyota Yaris, Honda’s Fit, the Hyundai Accent and Kia’s Rio still exist, but all are larger, more powerful and pricier.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed