2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan

Pros: Affordable pricing with decent number of features for the money; impressive fuel economy; reasonably absorbent ride for a subcompact car; close-quarters maneuverability

Cons: Extremely high noise levels, especially from engine; sluggish acceleration; touchy brake-pedal action; uninspired handling

CG Says: After skipping the 2016 model year, Mitsubishi’s subcompact Mirage returns for 2017 with revised styling, an upgraded interior, and a new “G4” 4-door-sedan body style. Suspension, steering, and brakes have been revised on all Mirages, and the 3-cylinder engine gains four horsepower for a total of 78. An audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is newly available. The Mirage has been on the market for a few years in several worldwide markets, mostly emerging ones such as Thailand. Incidentally, Mitsubishi exports U.S.-spec Mirages from that country. Mirage is larger than the Chevrolet Spark, but smaller than the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. It is the only mass-market 4-door vehicle that is powered by a normally aspirated (no turbo or supercharger) 3-cylinder engine. Entry-level prices make Mirage an interesting proposition from a value standpoint, but its acceleration, cabin appointments, and overall dynamic refinement trail most subcompact competitors by a significant margin.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Nation of Manufacturer Thailand
Base Prices ES hatchback: $12,995
SE hatchback: $14,795
GT hatchback: $16,495
ES sedan: $13,995
SE sedan: $16,995

Base Engine
1.2-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
78
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
continuously variable transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
33-37
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40-43