1999 Mitsubishi Mirage
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1999 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
Value in a crowded market.
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Completely redesigned in 1997, the Mitsubishi has improved the entry-level Mirage considerably. Even at an almost rock bottom price, the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage manages to provide a well-made, functional option. The performance and handling seem impressive compared to its direct competition. The interior feels comfortable and surprisingly roomy on the sedan.
The Mirage might not be the typical car people look for from Mitsubishi, but it makes one of the best vehicles at an entry-level price. The Mirage avoids having any really major issues, while offering a good smattering of features in the process. With a larger budget, buyers can find better vehicles, but for the price the Mirage offers a bargain.
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi Mirage DE, Mitsubishi Mirage LS
The exterior of the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage receives a new rear design, including new tail lamps. New color options also enhance the Mirage.
The Mitsubishi Mirage makes for a fairly average-sized sedan or a two-door coupe. It does not flaunt the same design flair as the Mitsubishi sports cars, but it looks less conservative than the Diamante. A rear spoiler provides an option for the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage, along with keyless entry and power mirrors.
The Mirage has a decent-sized interior, especially in the sedan model. The coupe suffers from a slightly cramped back seat, but that seems normal for that style of vehicle. The leg and headroom for the rear seat of the coupe actually remains pretty similar to the sedan, but the hip room gets noticeably smaller. The cassette player no longer provides standard equipment as in previous models. Air-conditioning, a cassette player, cruise control, power windows, power locks, and a CD player provide options.
Performance & Handling
The Mitsubishi Mirage offers solid performance, which generally outclasses most vehicles in its price range. The acceleration on the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage DE falls a little on the weak side, but the Mirage LS seems good in comparison. The Mirage maneuvers fairly well, making it an easy vehicle to control and use.
The 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage comes equipped with dual front airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain available as an optional feature on the Mirage LS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage 1.5-liter four-cylinder with manual: 28/36 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Mirage 1.8-liter four-cylinder with automatic: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Mirage 1.8-liter four-cylinder with manual: 25/33 mpg city/highway
- Excellent fuel economy
- Low price
- Sedan and coupe options
- Looks better-built than much of the competition
You Won't Like
- Weak acceleration on the Mirage DE
- Need to look into options thoroughly to get the best value
Value in a crowded market.
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