The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage sits between minicars and subcompacts, and its low price gives it an edge in both categories.
It's larger and far more capacious than the two-seat Smart ForTwo or the "3+1-seat" Scion iQ, and it's considerably less expensive than the Scion to boot.
On the larger end of the scale, subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris are larger but have lower fuel-efficiency ratings.
The closest competitor for the Mirage is the Chevrolet Spark, also a five-door hatchback, which has more distinctive styling, a nicer interior, the clever "smartphone/dumb screen" infotainment and navigation system, and far better handling and performance.
The Mirage is likely to win on low price and fuel economy, but the Spark will be a more pleasant car to own for most buyers.
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|34 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-3||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact Cars||Subcompact Car||Subcompact Cars||Minicompact Cars||Subcompact Cars|
|4-Door HB Manual DE||5-Door HB Manual LS||4-Door Sedan S||3-Door HB (GS)||3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual|