2017 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4
When it comes to small cars, Mitsubishi knows how to play the game. With the recent deal to partner up with Nissan, a lot of great things are to come. Plus, they already have a killer lineup for 2017. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at two subcompact cars made by Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4.
43 and 42 mpg
Higheway Fuel Economy
12-valve I3 Engine
Between the two models, there are some characteristics that differ, but when it’s not broken, why fix it? A 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC 12-valve inline 3-cylinder engine is under the hood of both models, and all trims (three for the Mirage, two for the Mirage G4). The engine generates 78-horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque.
“MIVEC” is a specially designed variable valve timing process by Mitsubishi used in engines to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. “DOHC” stands for “Double Overhead Cam(shaft)”, a component that controls the air intake and exhaust of an engine. Typically, the more camshafts, the better the car performs - so that’s three implementations to really bring out the power of the Mirage and Mirage G4.
Driving and Handling
The standard transmission on these models is also the same - a 5-speed manual transmission. However, for those who prefer automatic, there is an INVECS-II CVT transmission available as an upgrade, and it is standard on the Mirage GT and Mirage G4 SE. INVECS is another brand name design by Mitsubishi Motors, this time for transmission.
Fuel economy varies very little between the two models, and they both have higher than average numbers due to Mitsubishi technology. The Mitsubishi Mirage gets 37 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway; the Mirage G4 has an EPA of 35/42 mpg city/highway.
Is it the Same on the Outside?
Introduced to the market this year, the Mirage G4 is a spinoff of its close kin, the Mirage, but they look quite different. Both models are subcompact cars, but the Mirage is a hatchback whereas the Mirage G4 is a sedan. The shape and size of the front grilles and taillights clearly give each its own style, but some exterior features are shared.
Both models have halogen headlights, but the Mirage GT gets Bi-Xenon HID headlights. The grills come standard in chrome, with the Mirage G4 sporting something a little darker than its counterpart, but aside from that, the differences are few. Each trim rides on different wheels - the base of the Mirage has 14-inch alloy wheels, the next trim up and the base on the G4 have 14-inch steel wheels, and the high end trim for both are riding on 15-inch wheels, with two-tone alloy on the Mirage and dark chrome alloy on the Mirage G4.
Because it’s the Same on the Inside
Truth be told, the interiors for the Mirage and Mirage G4 are exactly the same. Like we said, don’t fix a good thing. Both models seat up to five passengers, both have the same features, even the tech is shared - but we’ll get to that. The main difference between the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 is a rear shelf in the former, and being a hatchback, the Mirage has 47.0 cubic feet of cargo space (seats folded down) versus the Mirage G4’s 12.3 cubic feet.
So what are some highlighted features? A 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats in the high trims, automatic air condition climate control, rear heater floor ducts in all trims, and an ECO status indicator light. ECO status is a mode on both models that lets the driver know how efficient they are with their fuel while driving. Oh, there is one difference on the Mirage we forgot to mention - a rear split-folding seat for cargo space. Always nice to have.
Entertainment and Convenience
As mentioned earlier, the interior is basically the same and so is the tech. Both models are equipped with a 6.5-inch display, a 5-speaker audio system, and smartphone link connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 does however have an auto-dimming rear view mirror with a camera monitor and with Homelink available. For convenience, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and steering wheel mounted audio controls have been installed, along with FAST-key passive entry, keyless entry with panic feature, and a push start button on the Mirage and Mirage G4.
Safety Features, Price, and Warranty
It’s safe to say both models share all the good stuff for safety. They have ABS brakes, active stability control, 7 standard airbags including the driver’s knee airbag, all controlled by an advanced dual-stage airbag system, three-point seatbelts, LATCH ready anchor systems for child seats, an anti-theft engine immobilizer, and they’re both built using Mitsubishi’s signature RISE body construction.
The Mitsubishi Mirage has a starting MSRP of $12,995, with the Mirage G4 only $1000 more. As per usual, Mitsubishi is still number one when it comes to their warranties. Both models come with a basic limited warranty for 5 years/60,000 miles, a powertrain limited warranty for 10 years/100,000 miles, 7 years or 100,000 miles of anti-corrosion coverage, and roadside assistance.