Fast cars are usually cool, but driving a slow car isn’t necessarily uncool. Well, what about the slowest car? Recent evidence would suggest that the slowest car on the 2021 market (at least tested by Consumer Reports) is, in fact, very, very uncool. I hate to disrespect the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage like this, but facts are facts, and I have to call it like it is.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage might be the slowest car
Consumer Reports makes an important clarification on why speed matters. Speed isn’t just a sophomoric attempt at impressing people or being cool, Speed, more precisely, acceleration, can often make drivers safer, at least to a certain extent. The ability to move and get out of the way or pass quickly is an integral part of good defensive driving. With that being said, the Mitsubishi Mirage is woefully underpowered and very slow.
The 2021 Mirage has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. It’s so teeny! This thimble of displacement puts out 72 hp; for reference, that is less horsepower than most touring Harley-Davidsons.
The good about having such a little engine is that the fuel economy is wild. The Mirage boasts 37 mpg. That, too, is very-big-V-twin-motorcycle vibes, actually.
How slow is a Mitsubishi Mirage?
That is a question that might take a while to answ… na, it won’t. It does 0-60 mph in 12.1 seconds. It will take you as long to read this paragraph as it does for the Mitsubishi Mirage to hit 60 mph from a dead stop.
Somehow the Mirage manages to muck up the CVT. The main purpose behind a CVT is that it doesn’t have to change physical gears, in theory making the acceleration process a bit smoother and more efficient. Not here. The Mirage’s CVT is somehow jerky and lurchy. According to Consumer Reports, there is a noticeable stumble under acceleration. Even at a lower speed, the economy car has a bit of a shudder to it. Thankfully, it does also come in a five-speed-manual option.
Well at least its size should make the handling decent
Wrong. Usually, even non-sporty compact cars can be flung around a corner with some pepper, but not the Mirage. Consumer Reports says that even though it is light and small, it still suffers from massive body roll and heavy, feedback-less steering. Even though it went through the CR obstacle course at a respectable 52 miles per hour, the tester said that it felt like he was going to scrape the door handle on the pavement from the wild body roll. It even lifted a back rear wheel off the ground during the test leaving the tester to call the whole experience “disconcerting.”
What about the rest of the Consumer Reports list?
Yes, the Mirage is woefully slow, but certainly, there are some slower trucks and SUVs that CR tested? No. There wasn’t. The slowest from the SUV tests was the Hyundai Kona 2.0-liter and it was a full second faster than the Mirage at 11.1 seconds.
The slowest truck makes the Mirage look even worse. The Chevrolet Colorado diesel and the GMC Canyon diesel both tied for last in the truck category at 10.3 seconds. These heavy diesel trucks were almost 2-seconds faster than the Mirage.
I’m really not trying to be unfair or overly disparaging about the Mitsubishi Mirage, but with all due respect, it almost feels like Mitsubishi tried to make the worst car it could with the Mirage.