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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Comfort & Quality

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is small, inexpensive, and simple, but it offers a decent ride on good road surfaces and is fairly quiet. That's only under optimal circumstances, though: Press the little Mirage harder, and a loud howl of engine noise arises from under the hood and remains until you let up on the accelerator. Broken roads bring out the worst in the Mirage, as its small 14-inch wheels crash over ruts and expansion joints.

Most drivers—taller adults especially—will find the lower cushions of the front seats somewhat short, though the seats are otherwise comfortable and have good seat-back bolstering. We found the front seats remained comfortable during several hours of driving. Drivers may also find it hard to adjust the steering wheel exactly to their liking; it tilts, but does not telescope, an increasingly rare omission these days.

The comfort, materials, and noise level of the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage all reflect its essential role: it's cheap, basic transport.

In the rear, however, the upholstery is thin and legroom can only be achieved through negotiations with the passengers up front. It's at least possible to fit four adults into a 2015 Mirage, unlike the Fiat 500 or MINI Cooper, with their three doors and nominal rear seats more suited for backpacks than humans. Mitsubishi calls it a five-seat car, but fitting three in the rear would require all of them to be children or skinny teenagers.

The Mirage also offers good cargo space for its segment. With the rear seat up, it provides 17.2 cubic feet of cargo volume; fold the rear seat forward, and that rises to a substantial 47.0 cubic feet. The load floor isn't flat, though, and the Mirage offers nothing like the flexibility of the Magic Seat in the all-new 2015 Honda Fit, though that subcompact is admittedly larger and several thousand dollars more expensive. Mirage buyers can add a package that bundles a cargo tray and a net to hold irregular objects for $95.

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