2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Safety

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Mirage a rating of four stars overall, with a five-star rating for side impacts.

While 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, the results are dire on its new and tougher small-overlap front impact test. On that tougher crash, the IIHS rates the Mirage as Poor—the lowest of its four ratings, and very 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 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage gets one Poor rating from the IIHS despite its relatively new design and seven airbags.

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 2015 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.

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