The Mitsubishi Mirage has been much maligned over the years and rightfully so. It’s never been an exciting car, it’s never been one that gave you the performance of a sports car and for a while it didn’t even have some of the features you really wanted to enjoy in a car. The G4 is the sedan version of what used to be a beaten up hatchback and with the addition of the trunk space came other upgrades that make it a much better car than before, but is this the car you really want to drive?
For anyone starting out, or for a teenager who is given their first new car, the Mirage G4 makes a good choice. The price is right, there’s plenty of safety to go around and it has a warranty that lasts ten years. This all makes the Mirage G4 an attractive option for someone starting out who is ready to buy their first new car. For 2017 the G4 sedan is new in the market and brings a new style inside and out along with a much better audio system and more refined engine than was present on the Mirage hatchback.
As for the price, the G4 starts out with the base model ES at a price of just a little under $15,000. That gives you a car with a manual transmission and moving up to the automatic will cost you an additional $1,200. Switch the letters in the name to the SE and you have a car that has the automatic already installed at a price that falls just under $18,000. These are certainly fair prices for a car that is certainly an entry level model and not one that is purchased for a refined driving style.
There is still only one engine under the hood of the Mirage, even in this G4 sedan form the car uses a 1.2-liter inline three-cylinder engine that offers a measly 78 horsepower and 74 lb.-ft. of torque. Giving this car as a gift will ensure your teenager won’t have too much power to master and will have exceptional fuel mileage that comes in at 33 city/40 hwy mpg for the manual transmission and 35 city/42 hwy mpg for the automatic. One of the chief complaints about this powertrain has been the vibrations when the car idles, but Mitsubishi addressed much of this concern and now the car feels much better when you’re stopped.
For a car of this price you will notice a lack of features on base models. The ES trim does come with air conditioning and an audio system to give you a couple items you need to have in a car. The SE trim is where the options are and is well worth the additional cost. At this trim you will have a rearview camera, push button starting, keyless entry, an improved audio system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate controls, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity. There is not a navigation system offered for this car which means you have to use the system on your smartphone.
The addition of the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make for a fantastic integration into the Mirage G4 but one of the most impressive features is the warranty. This warranty offers you bumper to bumper coverage for five years/60,000 miles and powertrain coverage for ten years/100,000 miles. This makes for a peace of mind for you and whoever you plan to give the Mirage G4 to as a gift.
What’s it like to drive the Mirage G4? This is a car that gives you a comfortable ride on the highway with plenty of confidence in the stopping and steering of the car. The excellent fuel mileage makes it a car that can be driven for several days between fill ups, making this a great choice for those with a long commute or as a gift to someone just starting out. The Mirage is a car that offers you what you need for driving without any of the frills that often come along and hike up the price. If you’re looking for a good car to start out, this is a choice you should consider.