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Pros: The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a very efficient small car with a remarkable 5-year/100,000km comprehensive warranty and 10-year/160,000km powertrain warranty, so you can expect typical Japanese reliability. It offers some head-turning body colours and attractive base pricing, too.

Cons: A rough ride on less-than-stellar pavement, significant wind noise, a loud engine under acceleration, and a lack of amenities (some as basic as a centre armrest) make the Mirage less endearing. The higher trim levels are a bit too expensive given their equipment, and exterior design is far from the most stylish in the segment.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Price and Fuel Economy: Start with the base ES model at $12,498 or move up to the ES Plus ($13,798). The top-of-the-line model is the SE at $15,998. In all three cases, selecting the CVT option requires an extra $1,200. It's worth noting that Mitsubishi offers cash rebates (which lowers the base $12,498 price to $9,998) to lower the price as a response to the Nissan Micra and its sub-$10k price.

As for fuel economy, models equipped with the manual transmission achieve a combined 6.4L/100km. Expect an average of 5.9L/100km with the CVT. 

Improvements and Changes: No significant changes for 2015.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Powertrain: The 1.2L 3-cylinder MIVEC engine under the hood of the Mitsubishi Mirage produces a meagre 74 horsepower and as many pounds-feet of torque via a 5-speed manual transmission or the available CVT. The latter comes with an Eco mode. 

Cargo Capacity: The tiny Mirage is spacious enough to seat five people and haul 487 litres of cargo behind the rear seats.

Safety: Standard safety features include a 7-airbag system augmented by Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body structure. ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) will optimize your ability to safely handle any road conditions. A Brake Override System (BOS) and Brake Assist System (BAS) coupled with Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction Control Logic (TCL) also come standard on the Mirage. CVT-equipped models add Hill-Start Assist (HSA).

Comparing the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage: Nissan Micra, Chevrolet Spark, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Scion iQ.