America’s most fuel-efficient gasoline car is getting a sportier look for the 2019 model year. Meet the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Limited Edition. This new trim level sits in the heart of the five-model lineup, and it brings an added dose of tech, style and comfort.
Standing as the sole car offering in Mitsubishi’s crossover-heavy lineup, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is offered as the Mirage five-door hatchback and the Mirage G4 sedan. This subcompact duo delivers stellar fuel economy ratings along with a decent amount of available content and one of the lowest starting prices among new cars.
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior
Although minor, the Limited Edition is the first styling improvement made to the Mitsubishi Mirage since the hatchback received a refreshed exterior design for the 2017 model year. On the outside, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Limited Edition receives gloss-black 15-inch alloy wheels and black mirror caps, which stands out even more when paired with this tester’s Mercury Gray Metallic paint job. Aside from these add-ons, this car has the same equipment as the base Mirage ES including the LED taillights, rear spoiler and chrome grille accents. Stepping up the GT trim level brings HID headlights with stylish daytime running light accents.
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Interior
Mitsubishi spiced up the interior of the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Limited Edition with splashes of red throughout the otherwise all-black cabin. The instrument panel and center console get bright, glossy red touches, while the seats add red cloth inserts and matching contrasting stitching. The Limited Edition comes standard with heated front seats as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob that also get red stitching. These exclusive features bring some much-needed life to the Mirage’s economy car interior.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage might be your basic mode of transportation, but the Limited Edition does get some decent cabin tech thanks to the standard 6.5-inch touch screen audio system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration – a big plus for this little car! Showing how basic this car is, the 2019 model year brings standard equipment to the Mirage such as cruise control and a driver seat height adjuster. And while some trim levels do offer push-button start, this tester was equipped with a good old-fashioned ignition key.
Among subcompact hatchbacks, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the smallest with a 96.5-inch wheelbase and overall length of 149.4 inches (the Rio, Yaris, Versa and Fit are all about a foot longer). This results in a cabin that feels small but still has decent headroom and legroom for the front passengers; the driver even gets a fold-down armrest, which isn’t necessarily a given in this segment. The rear seat has enough room for taller passengers, but the seat backs and seat bottoms are as flat as boards making them not very comfortable on long commutes.
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Powertrain
Under the hood, all 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage trim levels use the same 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine rated at 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. With the exception of the base Mirage ES, which comes standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, all other trim levels use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to send power to the front wheels. With a curb weight starting at just over 2,000 pounds, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage doesn’t have a lot of mass to motivate, but it still feels disappointingly sluggish during hard acceleration. Where the Mirage really shines is fuel economy where this tester’s EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway* are good enough to make it America’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car. After a week of driving, the trip computer’s fuel economy showed 42 mpg in mostly city driving.
On the road, the Mirage’s light curb weight and narrow tires gives this small hatchback a squirrelly ride that is easily affected by crosswinds and crowned roads. The overall ride is smooth and the cabin affords the driver excellent visibility, but there is quite a bit of road noise that makes its way into the cabin. If fuel economy and easy urban navigation are your primary desires on a brand new car, then it would be easy to overlook the shortcomings of the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage.
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Safety
The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback received a four-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This hatchback comes standard with safety features such as side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, active stability control and a backup camera.
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage Overall
The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage has a lot to offer buyers including excellent fuel efficiency and value, and this budget-minded commuter car also packs great warranty coverage with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. No, the Mirage can’t compete with larger, more advanced subcompact rivals like the Nissan Versa Note, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, but it does offer an extra set of doors as an advantage over small cars like the Fiat 500 and Smart ForTwo. On top of that, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is the lowest-priced new car on the market in 2019 with a starting price of just $13,795** with this new-for-2019 Limited Edition carrying an as-tested price that is still remarkably low at $16,925.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Mitsubishi dealership and test drive the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage today!
* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.