2014 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Its Competition

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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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6.0
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage five-door hatchback is larger than a minicar, smaller than a subcompact, but offers practical transport at a low price--and the highest non-hybrid gas mileage of any car sold--at the cost of weak acceleration and sloppy handling.
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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark enters the minicar fold with a space-efficient package and some of the best infotainment and connectivity technology in any affordable car; and while performance of the standard Spark is lackluster, the Spark EV breaks out as one of the best-performing, most efficient electric cars. Too bad the EV is offered on such a limited basis.
8.0
Affordable small cars don't need to be bland, whether in appearance or from behind the wheel. And the 2014 Ford Fiesta is proof of that.
6.8
The 2014 Scion iQ is perfect for city dwellers with really tough on-street parking; for everyone else, it's more of a statement about minimalism.
7.2
The 2013 Toyota Yaris holds true to its promise as a maneuverable, economical car for city commuting--with a cheerful, well-designed interior--but highway refinement and weak performance are major drawbacks.
MSRP From    
$12,995$12,170$14,100$15,665$14,370
Gas Mileage    
34 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-3Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door HB Manual DE5-Door HB Manual LS4-Door Sedan S3-Door HB (GS)3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
54545
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackHatchbackSedanHatchbackHatchback
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODCVT w/ODManual