New for 2017, the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the sedan variant of the popular Mirage hatchback. While it’s decidedly less polished than certain rivals, the Mirage G4 provides up-to-date feature content and impressive fuel economy. It’s inexpensively priced, and it’s one of the most affordable cars on the market. The Mirage G4 is worth a look if you’re seeking a new car with a nice array of amenities and a very low price tag.
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is an all-new model that comes in ES and SE trims. A three-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are standard, and this basic but friendly sedan comes with either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
While subcompacts aren’t known for being the style leaders of the automotive world, some models manage to raise the bar. The Mirage G4 takes a more modest approach. Its sheet metal doesn’t break any new ground, but at the same time, its design is so straightforward that it’s unlikely to polarize shoppers. This isn’t a bad thing if you’re seeking to craft a budget-friendly sedan for the masses.
From the front, the Mirage G4 presents a cheerful fascia, with sloping halogen headlights, color-keyed front bumpers and a compact grille fashioned from dark chrome. The side view reveals petite standard 14-inch steel wheels and color-keyed outer door handles, with swooping character lines lending a sculpted look. From the back, combination taillights overlook the car’s stout color-keyed rear bumper.
All base models come with folding side mirrors and a high-mount rear stop light. Available features include fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 provides seating for up to five passengers, and while the cabin isn’t especially roomy, most passengers will find the accommodations acceptable. The car’s steering column tilts but it doesn’t telescope, and this limits the driver’s options when it comes to finding an optimal position behind the wheel. Our test car’s seats were by no means plush, but they offered acceptable levels of comfort.
Overall, our Mirage G4’s cabin looked dated and bore the signs of the car’s low price tag. There were quite a few hard plastics in evidence, and the upholstery looked and felt basic. Still, from a functional perspective, the car was nicely designed. All controls were easy to access and intuitively placed. If style isn’t an issue and your concern is finding an inexpensive car with a user-friendly interior, you’ll be satisfied with the Mirage G4.
The Mirage G4’s trunk provides 12.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity. That’s a little less than the Ford Fiesta’s 12.8 cubic feet and a lot less than the Kia Rio’s 13.7 cubic feet. This Mitsubishi provides adequate room for your belongings, but if cargo capacity is a priority, there are more spacious choices available.
Standard features include four-way adjustable front seats, power windows and door locks, air conditioning and a rear center armrest with two cup holders. Available amenities include a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, chrome-plated front inner-door handles and heated front seats.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is motivated by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine good for 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the ES trim, while a CVT is optional. SE models come with the CVT as standard equipment.
Performance can be a bit coarse. The Mirage G4’s engine gets noisy and power delivery sometimes feels unrefined. Our SE test car whined in protest when the gas pedal was depressed. On a more positive note, there were adequate resources on tap to execute safe driving maneuvers, despite the car’s meager horsepower.
With the manual transmission, the Mirage G4 achieves an EPA rating of 33/40 mpg city/highway, and this figure climbs to 35/42 mpg with the CVT. These are exceptional numbers, and they underscore the Mirage G4’s appeal as a frugal choice that will go easy on your finances in key aspects of the ownership experience.
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 features an appealing array of tech amenities. Standard features on base models include keyless entry, a CD player, a four-speaker sound system with MP3 compatibility and a USB port.
Things get more interesting when you step up to the SE trim, and these models add standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and push-button start. Most notably, SE models provide a 6.5-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. This is a great feature to have at such a modest price point.
In evaluations conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 received the top rating of Good for moderate overlap front, roof strength and head restraint crash tests. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for side crash protection, and the second-lowest Marginal rating for small overlap front tests.
All Mirage G4 models come with seven air bags, including a driver’s side knee air bag, as well as antilock brakes, hill-start assist and stability control. A rearview camera is standard on the SE trim. Driver-assistive features such as collision mitigation and blind spot monitoring aren’t available.
With a manual transmission, the Mirage G4 starts at $13,995, not including the $835 destination fee. With the CVT, base models start at $15,195, but unless you’re on a very tight budget, we’d recommend stepping up to the SE trim to enjoy useful tech amenities such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. SE models start at $16,995 and provide a CVT as standard equipment.
A Chevrolet Sonic sedan starts at $15,145 with a manual transmission and $16,395 with an automatic, and these base models come with features similar those seen in the SE. The Kia Rio sedan starts at $14,165 with a manual transmission, with an extra $1,230 for an upgrade to an automatic. Satellite radio is standard on the Rio, and Bluetooth is standard on the Rio’s EX trim, which starts at $17,775. However, this Kia doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
Overall, the Mirage G4 delivers good value, especially when you consider its exceptional fuel economy.
Most buyers come to the subcompact-sedan segment looking for tremendous bargains, and this category is home to models that find favor with the most price-sensitive consumers.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 isn’t the most refined choice, but it offers excellent fuel economy and modern amenities at a low price. As such, it should prove a suitable match for many shoppers.