2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan

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2018 MODEL
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In a list of worst car you can buy in 2017, the Consumer Report has given Mitsubishi Mirage a place in subcompact car segment. That's not good news for 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 considering it's virtually the same. It may seem surprising because Mirage is one of the most efficient nonhybrid car rated at 40 mpg in city and 43 on highway and comes with starting price of $14,395.


6.0/10
Features

 

4.0/10
Engine

 

9.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.7/10
Interior

 

4.0/10
Exterior

 

4.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

With a 78 hp inline-3 engine, Mirage is also one of the slowest car currently on sale taking 12.8 seconds for 0-60 mph run. Combine that with skittish high-speed dynamics, an engine that drones even at slightest demand for acceleration and poorly built interior and you have a car that’s hard to recommend. Competition like the Nissan Versa is a far better choice with lower asking price.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Features

6.0/10

Starting at $15,395 including destination, the sedan is one of the cheapest car currently on sale. However, it’s almost a thousand dollar more expensive than the Mirage hatchback. There are only two trims to choose from and there is no optional package either.

Trims ES SE
MSRP (MT) $15,395 N/A
MSRP (AT) 15,595 $17,095
Features
  • 7.0″ Touch panel display audio system
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • USB port
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry with panic feature
  • Power windows and door locks
  • 5-speed manual transmission or available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

ES Features Plus -

  • 6.5″ Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) System
  • 15-inch dark chrome alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • FAST-Key passive entry system with push-button start and panic feature
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control

Too many to choose from? We help you find the best trim

The Mitsubishi Mirage is not a car you should buy currently. But if you are still adamant about getting it, we recommend spending minimum money and getting base Mirage G4 ES. However, we will spend $1200 more over base and get the CVT for the “most efficient non-hybrid” tag – probably the sole rationale for buying this car.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Engine

4.0/10

We give the Mirage 0 out of 10 possible points for performance, the lowest rating we’ve given any car. It loses points for very slow acceleration, lack of reserve power for emergency situations, and its uncontrolled behavior at highway speeds. Any other car is better. – thearconnection

Engine and Transmission

The 4-doored sedan has a tiny and unrefined 1.2L Inline-3 engine rated at just 78 hp – lowest among the cars currently on sale in North America. The base Mirage ES gets a 5-speed manual with poorly spaced ratios. While the high first gear makes starting from the standstill a task, the short fifth (top) gear has the weak engine droning above 3000 rpm annoyingly even at a modest 70 mph.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
MSRP $15,395 $12,110 $15,950 $16,170
Engine 1.2-Liter MIVEC DOHC, 12-Valve Inline 3-cylinder engine HR16DE 1.6-Liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine 1.5-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve (VVT-i) engine ECOTEC 1.8-Liter 4-cylinder engine
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed manual
Power 78 hp 109 hp 106 hp 138 hp
Torque 74 lb-ft 107 lb-ft 103 lb-ft 125 lb-ft

The optional CVT promises one of the highest mpg ratings of any non-hybrid car. However, even slightest demand for acceleration shoots the engine speed up causing repulsive engine sound. You will be much happier with the cheaper Nissan Versa having more powerful 109 hp inline-4.

Acceleration

The Mitsubishi is one of the lightest cars on the market weighing just over 2000 pounds. Even then, the anemic 78 hp engine makes it among the slowest taking 12.8 seconds for 0-60 mph run. Even more unnerving is the complete lack of power in reserve for escaping emergencies or freeway overtaking.

Models Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
0-60 MPH 12.8 sec 10 sec 8.7 sec 9.7 sec
Quarter mile 17.8 sec @ 78 mph 17.6 sec @ 79.2 mph 17.1 sec @ 86.4 mph 16.7 sec @ 83.8 mph
Engine 1.2L 1.6L 1.5L 1.8L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 5.0 5.9 5.2 6.1

For comparison, the next slowest competition – the cheaper Nissan Versa does 0-60 in 10 seconds – over two seconds faster. More importantly, the Versa always has some power in reserve for freeway overtakes and emergency maneuvers while the Mirage leaves you with no option.

Ride and Handling

After all these doom and gloom, the cushy and comfortable ride of the Mirage adds a hint of brightness. However, the soft suspension causes precarious body rolls and even minor bumps upset the car at high speeds. The steering refuses to return to center after a turn and you have to manually center it else the car will veer off into the woods (or anything lining the road)!

Braking

The Mirage brakes impress under panic braking and it stops quickest among cars compared here taking just 119 feet to stop from 60 mph. The light curb weight of the Mirage may be a factor. However, critiques have noted that the Mirage is unstable under braking.

Model Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
Brake Front(in) 9.0 10.0 10.2 10.8
Brake Rear(in) 7.0 8.0 7.9 9.0
Curb Weight(lbs) 2106 2404 2385 2773
60-0 MPH (ft.) 119 129 N/A 124

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Fuel Economy

9.1/10

Fuel economy is good so long as you’re not in a hurry to get where you’re going. Any sense of urgency, however, requires constant full-throttle maneuvers that quickly torpedo those rosy EPA numbers. – Kelley Blue Book

The Mirage G4 and the Mirage hatchback with CVT are the most efficient non-hybrid cars on sale. While the manual is rated at 33 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, CVT is rated at an impressive 40 mpg city and 43 mpg highway. However, critiques note that actual efficiency is far below the EPA rating.

Model Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
MPG (City) 33 27 30 26
MPG (Highway) 40 36 39 35
MPG (Combined) 35 30 34 29

The less expensive Nissan Versa equipped with CVT may be less efficient with a rating of 31 mpg city and 39 mpg on the highway but it has far better driving manners. The Yaris CVT, in fact, manages to entertain you despite delivering 39 mpg in city and 40 mpg on highway.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Interior

5.7/10

Improvements to the interior this year include a new touch-screen audio system, rearview camera and a relocated USB port. Sadly, soft-touch surfaces aren’t among the positive, and the Mirage offers no padded elbow rest, although it does gain a driver’s-side center armrest this year. – Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

Surprisingly, the sedan has a spacious interior considering the price with an impressive 41.7 inches of front seat legroom and 37.2 inches of rear seat legroom. Build quality is appalling though and the base Mirage ES is as plain as it gets. The seats lack enough adjustments and they are covered in low-quality materials.

Model Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 89.5 90.2 85.9 90.3
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.1/51.7/41.7 39.8/51.7/41.8 38.2/53.1/41.9 38.7/53.4/41.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.9/51.2/37.2 36.6/51.9/37.0 36.8/50.0/34.4 37.8/53.0/34.6

If you are looking for a comfortable and spacious family car at rock bottom price, plonk your money for the cheaper Nissan Versa boasting more passenger volume and far better sound deadening. If you want better build quality, the Toyota Yaris iA and Chevy Sonic will impress you but get a slightly higher asking price.

Cargo Capacity

In the trunk, you'd find 12.3 cubic feet of space. That’s lowest among the competitors here and the cheaper and all-round better Nissan Versa easily trumps it in this regard with 14.9 cubic feet of trunk capacity. However, Mirage does get 60/40 split rear seats as standard while only the top trim of Versa has them.

Model Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
Volume (ft cube) 12.3 14.9 13.49 14.9

Infotainment System

The Mirage gets a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Impressively, you can also opt for the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Apart from this, Bluetooth, USB port, and the four-speaker audio system are standard. The infotainment screen also impresses with its intuitive UI and responsive performance.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Exterior

4.0/10

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the sedan stablemate to the Mirage hatchback. And just as with the hatchback, the main reason to consider buying the G4 is its inexpensive price. -edmunds

In terms of design, the 4-doored sedan carries a very generic look that does not stand out in the parking lot. The large front doors make ingress and egress easy but the small rear doors make ducking necessary while occupying the rear seats. While base Mirage does have optional alloy wheels, the fog lamp is limited to Mirage SE only.

Model Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
Curb weight(lbs) 2106 2404 2385 2773
Length(in) 169.5 175.4 171.7 173.9
Width(in) 65.7 66.7 66.7 68.3
Height(in) 59.2 59.6 58.5 59.7
Ground clearance(in) 6.3 6.3 5.5 5.0
Wheelbase(in) 100.4 102.4 101.2 99.4
Track width(in) F/R 56.9/56.3 58.3/58.5 58.9/58.5 59.4/59.4

Wheels

It rides on tiny 14-inch steel wheels that get lost in the wheel arches of the car. The Mitsubishi Mirage SE gets the larger 15-inch aluminum alloy wheel that fills the wheel-arches better.

Model Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (ES) Nissan Versa (S) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)
Size F/R (in.) 14*4.5/14*4.5 15*5.5/15*5.5 16*5.5/16*5.5 15*5.5/15*5.5
Quality Steel Steel Aluminum Steel
Wheel type w/o Alloy w/o Alloy Alloy w/o Alloy

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Safety

4.9/10

The Mitsubishi Mirage does not come equipped with an advanced active safety feature or driver assistance systems except the standard Rear-View Camera.

Safety Features

  • Advanced Air Bag System with supplemental front airbags with seat-belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Airbags dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger
  • Passenger Sensing SystemDoor locks
  • Rear child security
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children)

While the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan is not rated by NHTSA, the Mirage hatchback got 4-star crash safety rating. In IIHS crash test, the Mirage has received “Marginal” rating for Small overlap crash and “Acceptable” rating for side crash.

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side

Marginal

Small overlap front passenger side

N/A

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Acceptable

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Competition

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is currently the cheapest car on sale and still offers a spacious interior that can comfortably accommodate a family of five. The trunk is capacious too. Versa also drives and rides far better than the Mirage and if you are confused between the two, don’t be. Prefer the Versa over the Mirage any day.

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Toyota Yaris iA

The Toyota Yaris iA has a slightly higher asking price than the Mirage. However, the Yaris is lightyears ahead of the Mirage in terms of build quality and driving dynamics. And while the Yaris is slightly thirstier on paper, it will be more efficient in real-world driving involving freeway jaunts.

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Chevy Sonic

The Chevy Sonic, like the Yaris iA, is a generation ahead of the Mirage in terms of dynamics and interior quality. Also, the Sonic is superbly spacious inside too accompanied by a cavernous boot. Higher trims of Sonic gets plenty of upscale features but they cost considerably more.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan Final Verdict

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is a car that gets trumped by almost all other car in almost every important criteria like build quality, interior comfort, ride, handling, and straight-line acceleration. This all but justifies its name among the worst car you can buy currently.

Although the Mirage does have a comfortable ride and its on-paper fuel economy figure is nothing short of astonishing, it does little to make the Mirage a viable alternative to far more accomplished rivals. You will be far happier with the lower priced Nissan Versa. You can also checkout much better used cars at this price.

Pros

Best EPA mpg rating for a non-hybrid car

Cushioned ride

Cons

Almost everything

What's New?

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES now has new touch-screen infotainment along with Bluetooth and rearview

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 now has trunk pass-through.

Drivers-seat armrest is now available in Mirage G4 SE.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14395

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

78 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

73 cu. in.

horsepower

78 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

74 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

7 in. ventilated front disc/9 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

100.4 in.

length

169.5 in.

width

65.7 in.

height

59.2 in.

curb weight

2106 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

12.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

19.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

33/35/40 mpg

highway range

368 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan in Mystic Black color  2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan in Mercury Gray Metallic color  2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan in Infrared color
Mystic Black

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

Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine

4.0

Fuel Economy

9.1

Interior

5.7

Exterior

4.0

Safety

4.9

Comfort

5.0

Driving

4.7

5.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan ES

ES

power
78 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
35 combined

$14,395 - $15,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ES 4dr Sedan (1.2L 3cyl 5M) Starting at $14,395 MSRP (33/35/40) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Infrared
  Mercury Gray Metallic
  Mystic Black
ES 4dr Sedan (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $15,595 MSRP (35/37/41) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5   Infrared
  Mercury Gray Metallic
  Mystic Black

 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan SE

SE

power
78 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
37 combined

$17,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (1.2L 3cyl CVT) Starting at $17,095 MSRP (35/37/41) 78 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.2 L, I3, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5   Infrared
  Mercury Gray Metallic
  Mystic Black