The Mirage was a well-known nameplate for much of the 1990s. The car was cheap and affordable and sold seemingly well. So when Mitsubishi announced the nameplate was making a return, there was some fanfare. Unfortunately, the production car was very low quality and lacked quality (via Readers Digest).
The Mirage was a car with a lot of potential, but the final product was not well executed. Mitsubishi dropped the ball on the design of the Mirage. The automotive press continually dogged the car for the less than satisfactory design and lackluster build quality.