The Mirage G4 is the four-door sedan stablemate to Mitsubishi's Mirage hatchback. Like the hatch, the Mirage G4's most appealing aspects are its low price and long warranty. The Mirage G4 comes with a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper guarantee that covers everything except wear items (tires, brakes, wipers, etc.) and maintenance. The Mirage G4 has a good-sized back seat and is surprisingly well-equipped for an inexpensive car, with air conditioning, power accessories and a Bluetooth-compatible stereo all standard.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 drives like the cheap car. It's noisy, tinny and excruciatingly slow. But the undersized engine does deliver excellent fuel economy, all the more remarkable considering that you must cane it mercilessly just to keep up with traffic. If you want the peace of mind that comes with a new car (and a new-car warranty) and have an exceptionally tight budget, the Mirage is a great buy. But bear in mind that most competing subcompacts feel more substantial.
Current Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Mitsubishi sells the Mirage G4 in ES and SE trim levels, and its equipment levels are pretty good for such an inexpensive car. The ES comes with air conditioning, power accessories, and a Bluetooth-compatible stereo, while the SE gets keyless ignition and automatic climate control, features we don't expect to see in a car with such a low price tag.
Some of the interior trim is a bit chintzy (as is expected in this price class), but the Mirage G4 offers quite a lot of backseat and trunk space considering its small size. Forward visibility is good, and most of the controls are easy to find and use.
Power, a term we use loosely in this context, comes from a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces just 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque, making the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 of the few cars on the market without a third digit in its power figures. ES models offer a choice of a manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); the SE is CVT-only. Mitsubishi has done a good job of paring weight, but it's still dreadfully slow. We haven't measured the sedan's performance, but the last Mirage hatchback we tested took 11.7 seconds to reach 60 mph. Merging onto the freeway in a Mirage takes some serious patience. That said, fuel economy is quite good. The EPA rates the Mirage at 35 mpg combined with the manual transmission and 37 mpg with the CVT, and we've seen good figures in real-world driving.
The Mirage G4's overly soft suspension gives it a reasonably comfortable ride around town, but handling suffers from limited grip and schooner-like body roll. The steering is imprecise and requires constant correction on the highway. The engine is noisy under power and vibrates quite badly at idle.
Used Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Models
Mitsubishi introduced the Mirage G4 as an all-new model for the 2017 model year. For 2018, ES models got an upgraded stereo.
Read the most recent 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 review.
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