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Let’s be honest; we – like many critics – have been harsh on the Mitsubishi Mirage in the past. Why? Because it’s like a docile cat in the automotive landscape. Every year, the Mirage just sits there, mostly unchanged with its cheap materials and pokey driving dynamics, waiting for some attention. And unfortunately, instead of getting the love that it craves, it gets poked and prodded by automotive critics.

However, we must give the car and Mitsubishi credit for prevailing. The Mirage still presents an affordable means of transportation for anyone that wants the new car smell at a used car price. In that case, here are five reasons that the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage could be worth a look.

1. The 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage is cheaper than the competition

Mitsubishi Mirage front driving
Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

The 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage competes with other small cars like the Kia Rio and Chevrolet Spark. However, it’s cheaper than both of them. The base Mirage model has a starting price of $16,245, which goes up to $18,145 for the top-trim SE model.

In comparison, the Kia Rio is priced at $17,390, and the Spark is priced at $19,095. If you’re looking for the ultimate affordability, the Mirage could provide that.

2. The Mirage comes with a good warranty

Mitsubishi Mirage badging
Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

In case you’re worried about the Mitsubishi Mirage breaking down, you can rest assured that it has a great warranty. The car is backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile new car warranty. That new car warranty is fully transferable as well, so you can sell the car to someone else, and they can benefit from the cost savings as well.

3. It’s fuel efficient

Mitsubishi Mirage far away driving view
Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

Let’s face it, one of the main reasons any would want a small like the Mitsubishi Mirage is for better fuel efficiency. Fortunately, the Mirage doesn’t disappoint. According to the EPA, it can get up to 39 mpg in combined driving situations.

4. The Mirage’s small size is great for city dwellers

Mitsubishi Mirage overhead shot
Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

Do you live in a city setting with small parking spaces and tight streets? If so, the Mirage’s 149-inch length will fit well into the small crevices that any densely packed city has to offer. Don’t worry; the Mirage still has enough room for up to five people despite its diminutive size.

5. The Mitsubishi Mirage SE has some decent amenities

Mitsubishi Mirage special edition badge
Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

Although the Mitsubishi Mirage is cheap, the top trim level has plenty of features you wouldn’t expect. Opting for the Mirage SE unlocks features like heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, a push-button start, and the option for a premium Rockford Fosgate sound system.

The 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage could be worth a look

Although the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage is easy to pick on, it can be seen as a decent car with the right set of eyes. Sure, it may not be as put together as the Kia Rio, but there are some things to like about the Mirage if you’re on a super-tight budget. All things considered, it could be better than buying a ratty used car with a questionable history.