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SAFETY | 6 out of 10
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes standard with seven airbags—driver and passenger front and side bags, side-curtain bags over the front and rear windows, plus a knee airbag for the driver. It also has the usual suite of electronic safety systems, including active stability control, traction control, brake assist, brake override, electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock brakes, and seat-belt pre-tensioning.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the new Mirage its top rating of Good for moderate-overlap front impact, side impact, roof strength, and seat/head restraint safety. On its new and tougher small-overlap front impact test, however, the IIHS rates the Mirage as Poor--the lowest of its four ratings, and possibly a warning flag for safety-conscious buyers. By comparison, the Chevrolet Spark (also a five-door minicar) gets an Acceptable rating for small-overlap front impact--far better and only one notch below Good.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet rated the 2014 Mirage. though it has told Mitsubishi it intends to test the car.
Mitsubishi says it’s put enormous effort into safety structures that disperse the energy of a crash along multiple structural members in the shell of the car. That means that while the area in front of the windshield may be crushed, the passenger compartment will remain intact as energy is dispersed around its perimeter. For what it’s worth, the Mirage earned the top rating of five stars on the ANCAP tests, Australia’s equivalent of NHTSA ratings.
A rearview camera is offered, but only as part of the $900 navigation system. Its angled rectangular housing is a very obvious add-on to the left side of the tailgate, rather than being integrated into the rear trim or license light as on most other cars.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has seven airbags plus electronic safety systems, but gets one Poor rating from the IIHS.