More annoying than the 2014 Mirage's sluggish performance, though, is the excessive noise from the engine compartment. The 2014 Mirage is a nimble urban warrior, though. There's discs up front doing all of the heavy lifting, and they do their job fine. The front-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a positively tiny 1. Acceleration is lackadaisical and the sounds that accompany it are an assault on the senses.
Even the Scion iQ has 94 hp; the Fiat 500 offers 101 hp, and if you move up the price scale to hybrids, the Toyota Prius C powertrain is rated at 99 hp and the Honda Insight at 98 hp. None of the reviewers thinks the Mirage is particularly fun behind the wheel. Press the car hard, however, and engine noise rises to a loud howl and stays there. A wide opening and low liftover help, however, and I was able to wedge a small umbrella stroller back there. The car is available as a four-door hatchback and seats five … technically.
Mitsubishi put enormous effort into weight reduction in every facet of the car ,and the results are remarkable: This five-door car with seats for four adults has a curb weight of 1,973 pounds in its most minimal form, rising only to 2,051 fully loaded. I was able to pass and merge on the highway with minimal pants-soiling. Connect the shield to the gray wire in the 5-pin plug. I sandwiched my family back there and it was a bad experiment. Cargo space is good for the segment, with 17. Connect the black wire to the black ground lead from your aftermarket radio. By the numbers, front passenger space is more plentiful than in the Scion iQ, but the Spark offers a smidge more.
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. The manual gearbox, however, has a first gear high enough that moving away without stalling takes a bit of practice. 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. For camera power you want to supply 6v from the adapters below to the purple wire and then ground the light blue and red wires. This schematic is provided free of charge and may not be 100% accurate.
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. The silver lining to all this slow, loud movement is found in the Mirage's fuel economy numbers, which rival the efficiency of many hybrids. Safety In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage scored good in front, side and roof strength tests, but received a poor score in the small front overlap evaluation. Even at low speeds, the three-cylinder makes a considerable racket. Mitsubishi is resurrecting the Mirage name after a decade-plus hiatus. The steering system is no help; feedback is nonexistent and constant correction is required at higher speeds. The Smart ForTwo is similarly sized, but has only two seats.
The problem is that other similarly priced cars do that too, only better. Bolstering in the backrest is good, though, and the seats were comfortable over several hours of test driving. No, not in a good way; we mean the ones you get when you see something that makes you very uneasy. Mitsubishi is resurrecting the Mirage name after a decade-plus hiatus. After that use a Phillips screwdriver the radio is held in with 2 screws. For the video signal itself grab a bulk rca video cable below and cut it in half.
To do better on gas mileage in a car this size requires stepping up to either the Toyota Prius C at 50 mpg combined or the Honda Insight at 42 mpg combined. The glossy black panels surrounding the audio and climate controls look nice, but the rest of the interior is trimmed in a spare-parts-bin assortment of hard plastics and what looks like shellacked cardboard. 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. The Smart ForTwo is similarly sized, but has only two seats. While many of its competitors have some style that set them apart from the crowd, the Mirage blends right into the sea of traffic. While that's relatively large for such a small car, the load floor is not flat with the seat folded.
Value in Its Class If Mitsubishi is the Kmart of automotive brands, then the Mirage is a Blue Light Special. Deceleration starts off drama-free but lacks any smoothness by the end, when the brakes pulse and the car shudders to a stop. Seven airbags are standard, including a driver-knee airbag — unexpected at this price. When the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage was introduced at the 2013 New York Auto Show, many of us Cars. Its turning circle is a minimal 30. A few reviewers mention that the engine is loud, which is a common complaint about subcompact cars. 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.
Power from a stop was slow to build and difficult to maintain at highway speeds, often requiring a firm, long stomp on the gas to merge, pass or just keep up with traffic. One possible anomaly: A panic stop momentarily overwhelmed the anti-lock brakes on our pre-production car, leaving stripes of rubber on the road. Yet the Mirage offers four entry doors, seats for at least four, and all the cargo flexibility of a small five-door hatchback. A lot of vibration from the steering wheel and gas pedal added to the discomfort. Broken roads bring out the worst in the Mirage, as its small 14-inch wheels crash over ruts and expansion joints.