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The road to finding the perfect hatchback just got a little bumpier. U.S. News has put the latest 2023 hatchbacks to the test, and while most of the new-cars contenders have passed with flying colors, there’s one particular hatchback that’s failed to impress.

In fact, it’s flunked the review so spectacularly that you’ll be scratching your head wondering how it even made it to production. Join us as we take a deep dive into the world of hatchbacks and discover which one failed to make the grade in U.S. News’ latest review.

A Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback driving down the road.
Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

The 2023 Mirage Hatchback receives a depressing 5.0 rating

The 2023 Mirage hatchback has hit the road, and the reviews are in. Unfortunately, they’re not the kind of reviews that any carmaker would be proud of.

According to U.S. News, despite its affordable price point and sleek design, the Mirage hatchback has scored a measly 5.0 overall score, making it the lowest-ranked hatchback in recent history. With a 2.5 rating from critics, it’s clear that the Mirage has missed the mark. 

The performance rating of 4.8 may seem decent, but the interior rating of 4.9 leaves a lot to be desired. So, what went wrong with the Mirage hatchback?

From its lackluster handling to its unimpressive features, this hatchback has failed to capture the hearts of car enthusiasts across the country. But don’t take our word for it, read on to discover just what went wrong with the 2023 Mirage hatchback.

The 2023 MINI Electric Hatchback brings in capable performance

Get ready to plug in and take off, because the 2023 MINI Electric is here and it’s causing quite a buzz. This hatchback is a force to be reckoned with thanks to its impressive MPGe rating of 119 city/100 highway, 181 horsepower, and agile handling. 

But what really sets it apart from the competition is its impressive maximum cargo capacity and straightforward infotainment system, making it a practical choice for drivers who want a car that’s both fun and functional. Critics have given the MINI electric an impressive 9.0 rating for performance, praising its swift acceleration and nimble handling. 

While the interior rating of 5.7 may not be the highest, the MINI Electric more than makes up for it with its stylish design and impressive features. It’s no wonder that the MINI electric has earned a 7.4 overall score, making it the closest score for 2023 models.

Let’s see where the 2023 Mirage Hatchback missed the mark

Beneath the Mirage’s sleek exterior lies an unimpressive powertrain that fails to impress. The 78-horsepower three-cylinder engine is unrefined and weak, making acceleration feel sluggish and unresponsive.

But it’s not just the Mirage’s lack of power that has earned it low marks. Inside, the cabin is cheaply designed, with wind and engine noise that easily permeates the interior, disrupting any sense of calm for the driver and passengers. 

The graphics on the touch-screen infotainment system are not impressive, adding to the disappointment of the Mirage’s overall lack of refinement. Numb steering is another flaw, with limited adjustments available for the seats, leaving many drivers feeling uncomfortable during longer trips. 

These shortcomings all contributed to the Mirage’s low overall score of 5.0, making it the lowest-ranked hatchback in recent history. Despite its affordable price point, it’s clear that the Mirage has missed the mark when it comes to providing a comfortable and refined driving experience.

Although it might be attractive to drivers on a tight budget, the Mirage ultimately lacks too many desirable features to be a sensible choice for those looking for a premium hatchback.


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