2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan

MSRP $14,995 - $17,745

Ranked #4 in Subcompact Sedan

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2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mirage G4 is Mitsubishi’s offering to the compact sedan segment. This small sedan is also fun to drive. Sadly, it is slightly underpowered than the other cars in the competition. It sees some revisions to the front and rear styling for the model year 2022. The new facelift looks even sportier and athletic than ever. The shortage of power output reflects in its best-in-class fuel economy. With its economical 1.2L- 3 Cylinder MiVEC motor, it puts out a shade under 80 hp, and paired with the CVT, it gives the ride a calm and languid quality but when you go for the manual option, the car feels more peppy and enthusiastic to drive.

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Pros

Stellar fuel economy

Immense warranty

Very easy to drive around the traffic due to its compactness

The most affordable car in its class

Cons

Poor acceleration

Slightly noisy and unrefined engine

Low-quality interior

Excessive road noise inside the cabin

What's New?

Revamped front and rear profile

It now gets Forward Mitigation collision as standard across all the trims

Apple Car Play and Android Auto are standard now

Addition of new Carbonite edition with sporty and stylish design cues


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17745

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

engine type

displacement

73 cu.in.

horsepower

78 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

74 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

capacity

passenger volume

89.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.4 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

35/38/41 mpg

highway range

377.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

12 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

ES$14,995 onwards

LE$17,195 onwards

SE$17,745 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan in Mercury Gray Metallic color
Mercury Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


 Being a compact car, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 offers very well-balanced driving dynamics as well. Also, it happens to be the most affordable car in the segment with prices ranging from $15,295 for the base model to $18,195 top-of-the-line variant. Unfortunately, you get the manual transmission only in the base trim. Furthermore, it rivals the likes of other compact sedans like the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, and Nissan Versa.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Features

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 comes in three major trim levels namely ES, LE, and SE. However, it gets a new Carbonite edition for 2021 with some tweaks in the exterior styling. The ES trim starts at $15,295 which is the most affordable car in the segment. Even the base trim comes with adequate The higher-end SE trim kicks things up a notch. Only the base trim is available with either automatic or manual transmission. 

Also, the same engine is shared across all the variants. In terms of additional packages, you do not have a lot of options to choose from in the base trim. There are two packages namely Chrome Package which offers Chrome Meter Cluster and Exhaust Finisher. The other package on offer is Protection Value Package which offers Cargo tray, All-Weather Floor Mats and Scuff Plates

Model

ES

LE

Carbonite Edition

SE

MSRP (Manual) (FWD)

$15,295

-

 

-

MSRP (CVT) (FWD)

$16,595

$17,220

$17,995

$18,195

Key Features

7” infotainment Display system

Adds/Upgrades to ES

Silver lower grille accent stripe

Adds/Upgrades to LE

 

14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers

7-inch Display Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Lower body kit running the perimeter of the car

Lane departure warning

 

Keyless entry and engine startup

Keyless Entry and Engine Startup

Carbon-pattern decal on middle roof pillars

Leather and fabric upholstery

 

Normal front Seats without armrest

6-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way adjustable passenger seat

Fabric Seat Trim

Heated front seats with armrest

 

Active Stability Control

Urethane Gear Shifter Material

Bluetooth wireless technology and front USB port

Sporty Fog lights

 

Four-speaker stereo

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Light Tinted Glass

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

 

Automatic climate control

15-inch black-painted alloy wheels

Lip Spoiler

Automatic high-beam headlights

Which Trim should you buy?

 We would recommend going with the top-of-the-line trim, the SE trim doesn’t seem very expensive too. Everything gets premium when you go for the SE trim. You get a handful of superior features that would make your life comfortable as soon as you step inside the car. The base trim and mid-trim are pretty much barebones, So, you should just spend the extra bucks and go for the highest variant. As standard, it offers Leather and fabric upholstery, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Heated front seats with armrest, Sporty Fog lights, Proximity keyless entry, and push-button start, Side-mirror turn signal indicators, Lane departure warning, and so on.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Engine and Performance

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 uses a 1.2 L naturally-aspirated inline-3 engine that delivers 78 hp @ 6000 rpm and 74 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm. The Miata comes with either a Continuous variable transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. The power is sent to the front wheels only and with the manual transmission on board, the engine can rev high and offers slightly better performance than the CVT.

Despite being a dismal-powered engine, the car itself is too tiny to make use of plenty of horsepower as its competitors. On the performance front, the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is capable of zipping to 60 mph in 12.7 seconds which is quite sluggish for modern car standards. In the quarter-mile test, it takes 19.5 seconds to cover the distance. It is also evident that it has the lowest top speed as well maxing out at 112 mph.

Model

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Nissan Versa

MSRP

$15,295

$15,395

$16,050

$14,980

Engine

1.2 liter inline-3

1.6 liter inline-4

1.6 liter inline-4

1.6 liter inline-4

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT

5-speed manual

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Power 

78 hp @ 6000 rpm

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

122 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque 

74 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

113 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

112 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

114 lb-ft@ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH

12.7

8.5

8.2

9.7

Quarter Mile 

19.5

16.7

16.5

17.4

Top Speed 

112 mph

120 mph

117 mph

115 mph

Among the competition, The 2021 Hyundai Accent and the 2021 Kia Rio are quite similar in terms of engine specifications as they both belong to the same company. Both these cars share the same engine platform. The Nissan Versa, on the other hand, offers more power than all the cars in the segment but this power advantage doesn’t seem to reflect in its performance. However, the Kia Rio is the fastest car here with a 0-60 mph time of 8.2 seconds and covers a quarter-mile run in 16.5 seconds.

How does the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 handle?

The handling and driving characteristics of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 are one of the reasons it still sustains in this market. If you are an enthusiast, you would absolutely love driving this little sedan. The Mirage’s steering is also very direct, precise, and responds quite rapidly to the steering input. The weight distribution is done superbly in this very well-balanced small chassis. 

All the trims incorporate electrically assisted power steering. As we said before, this steering feels so light due to its lightweight nature. Also, it uses a MacPherson type strut suspension in the front and Torsion beam suspension in the rear which offers an overall decent ride quality and driving dynamics. Despite losing out to its rivals in terms of power, it provides much better driving dynamics which is on par with the segment.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Braking Performance:

Compact sedans usually come with relatively smaller brakes which will suffice for their size and weight. The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 comes with 9-inch brake rotors in the front and a tad smaller 7-inch rotors in the rear which occur to be the smallest brakes in its class. However, it has no official braking performance figures. Considering the fact that it is the lightest car in its class by a substantial margin, the braking performance might be as good as its rivals.

Model

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Nissan Versa

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

9

11

11

10

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

7

N/A

8

8

Curb Weight (lbs)

2117

2502

2767

2599

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

N/A

119

124

Comparing it with its rivals, the Mitsubishi Mirage is easily the lightest vehicle with a curb weight of 2117 lbs. In terms of rotor size, the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent boast the biggest front rotors of 11 inches. Nevertheless, the Hyundai Accent is 200 lbs lighter than the Kia. Hence it is expected to offer much better braking performance than the Kia. The Kia, on the other hand, stops from 60-0 mph in 119 feet.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Fuel Economy

Perhaps it is the only front where the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is able to outshine most of its counterparts. The manual transmission returns a mileage of 33 MPG for the city, 40 MPG on the highway, and 35 MPG for combined driving. Nonetheless, the CVT returns a mileage of 37 mpg in the city, 41 mpg while cruising on the highway, and a combined 37 mpg. Moreover, with a small fuel tank of 9.2 gallons, it is not able to keep up with its rivals in terms of driving range.

Model

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Nissan Versa

MPG (City)

33

29

33

27

MPG (Highway)

40

39

41

35

MPG (Combined)

35

33

36

30

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

9.2

11.9

11.9

10.8

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined, in miles)

303.6/368/322

345.1/464.1/392.7

392.7/487.9/428.4

291.6/378/324

In comparison, the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 and the 2021 Kia Rio offer the best fuel economy figures, while the Nissan Vera sip way more gasoline. However, due to their restricted exterior proportions, they cannot incorporate a larger fuel tank. As a result, all these cars come with a fuel tank that belongs in the same ballpark. However, both the Korean twins slightly edge over the other cars in terms of fuel tank capacity.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Interior

The interior of the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is pretty much basic with hard plastics here and there. The design of the dashboard is quite simple and minimalistic with easy-to-use buttons on the center console. On the plus side, the steering wheel looks modern and comes with audio and call controls. The base trim comes with cloth fabric seats which are only height adjustable.

As you climb up the trim level, the SE trim comes with heated front seats which are covered in leather and fabric seat trim. On top of that, it also gets a Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. As for the dimensions, it comes with a limited front row and rear row space but still offers the highest legroom in the rear row measuring 37.3 inches. In terms of trunk space, it again loses out to its competition with the smallest trunk on offer.

Models

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Nissan Versa

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom, in inches)

38.9/51.7/41.7

38.9/54.2/42.1

38.9/54.1/42.1

39.5/53.1/44.5

Rear row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom, in inches)

36.8/51.2/37.3

37.3/53.7/33.5

37.4/53.3/33.5

36.3/53.6/31

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

12.4

13.7

13.7

14.7

Among the competition, both Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio have excelled in the overall cabin space. On the other hand, the Nissan Versa comes with the highest front headroom and cargo capacity on offer. As with every other aspect, both the Korean cars share an identically sized cabin here as well. They also have a similar cargo space of 13.7 cubic feet. Some other standout interior features include:

  • Power windows
  • One USB port
  • Leather and fabric upholstery
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  •  6-way adjustable driver seat w/armrest and 4-way adjustable passenger seat
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cruise Control with Steering Wheel Controls

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is fairly basic when it comes to infotainment setup. Many of the cars of this range come with an infotainment system with a huge and crisper touchscreen. Coming back to the Mirage, it comes with a 7-inch Smartphone Link Display that sits on the center of the dashboard. This system is connected to a 4 speaker sound system. On the plus side, it gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some other standout infotainment features include:

  • One USB port
  • CD/MP3 player
  • Aux Audio Input Jack
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • HD Radio

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Exterior

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 gets a new athletic design treatment to its exterior styling for 2021. It looks way better than its previous version. The front end looks aggressive with a sharp front grille with chrome elements around it. The headlights perfectly merge with the front grille of the car. On the side, it sports clean and simple crease lines that look nice and subtle. Moreover, it offers two different sizes of alloy wheel options. It still retains the signature Mitsubishi styling especially when it comes to the front end. The rear fascia, on the other hand, gets LED lights.

On the exterior dimensions front, it is the most compact car here with a length of 169.5 inches. When it comes to width, it measures 65.7 inches and 59.2 inches tall. Also, it hangs 6.3 inches above the ground which is pretty appreciable ground clearance. Having a shorter wheelbase and a lighter curb weight than its competition, it could possibly handle better than some other rivals. 

Models

2021Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2021 Hyundai Accent

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Nissan Versa

Curb weight (lbs)

2117

2502

2767

2599

Length (inches)

169.5

172.6

172.6

177

Width (inches)

65.7

68.1

67.9

68.5

Height (inches)

59.2

57.1

57.1

57.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.3

5.5

5.5

6.8

Wheelbase (inches)

100.4

101.6

101.6

103.1

Amidst the competition, the 2021 Kia Rio is the heaviest in this segment weighing 2767 lbs. However, in terms of length, the Nissan Versa has the longest body and the widest as well which measures 177 inches and 68.5 inches respectively. Compared to its rivals, the Mitsubishi Mirage is very compact and easy to drive in the city. Let's have a detailed look at the standout exterior features which are given below in the list:

  • LED taillights
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Silver lower grille accent stripe
  • Lower body kit running the perimeter of the car
  • Carbon-pattern decal on middle roof pillars
  • LED headlights and running lights
  • Side-mirror turn signal indicators

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Safety

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 has not been rated by the NHTSA yet. However, the IIHS has rated the Mirage and it is kind of a mixed bag, the driver-side small overlap has got a Marginal rating, Side strength has got an Acceptable rating, and gets a Good rating in all the other tests. The new Mirage G4 doesn’t get all the modern and clever safety feature that is available today but the most important ones are available and some of the significant features are as follows:

  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Forward Collision Mitigation
  • Side Impact Beams

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Competition

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Vs 2021 Hyundai Accent:

As we mentioned before, the Hyundai Accent is more powerful and energetic to drive. As for the interior, the cabin of the Accent looks a notch premium than the one you would find inside the Mitsubishi Mirage. The Hyundai has gone way better in terms of quality as well. However, the Mitsubishi comes at a cheaper price and offers better mileage and it will definitely suffice the needs of a family car.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4Vs 2021 Kia Rio:

The 2021 Kia Rio is pretty much based on the Mitsubishi Mirage. Hence, it happens to be way better than the Mirage in terms of performance and comfort levels. On the exterior front, the Kia looks better as well. Nevertheless, the Mirage, albeit having a slightly bland design, turns out to be very compact. Hence, better driving dynamics and the lightness of its structure helps with the fuel economy as well. It is the ideal definition of an economical family car.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 vs 2021 Nissan Versa:

The 2021 Nissan Versa is quite a bargain in this segment. Surprisingly, it is cheaper than the Mirage. As for the exterior. The Nissan Versa is hands-down the best-looking car of the two. Performance-wise, the Nissan Versa clearly stays as the winner. In terms of safety, the Nissan Versa again offers the Robust chassis with an impeccable rating from NHTSA. Like every other car in the competition, the Versa takes a hit in the fuel economy part. On the whole, the Nissan Versa is clearly the bang for your buck.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Final Verdict

The Mitsubishi Mirage has always been a mediocre performer in every area and still hasn’t improved much except for the exterior styling. As an economical family car, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 serves every purpose but this is not adequate for today’s standards. The other rivals in this segment are more powerful and zippy to drive. The only front where it outshines its counterparts is the fuel economy part. If you are in the market looking for your first car, this Mitsubishi Mirage would live up to all your expectations but there are better cars in its division.