The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sound like two trims of the same model. In actuality, they’re two different, separate models. The two share many similarities, such as their powertrain, and both have some of the best fuel economy ratings in their vehicle class. However, the Mitsubishi Mirage is a hatchback/5-door sedan, whereas the Mitsubishi Mirage is a regular, standard sedan. Aside from that though, one can find many similarities between the two, and the real deciding factor may just come down to personal preference and cargo space.
When it comes to personalizing either the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage or Mitsubishi Mirage G4, most of it comes down to color choices for the exterior. Options like the wheel size or design are set, aside from the ability to upgrade from 14-inch steel wheels to 15-inch dark chrome alloy wheels on the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES, as well as opt-in for a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Each model only has one color scheme for the interior – black on black.
Between the two models, there are seven color choices for the Mirage 4 and eight color choices for the Mirage. The color choices for the Mirage 4 are as follows – Infrared Metallic, Mercury Gray Metallic, Mystic Black Metallic, Pearl White, Sapphire Blue Metallic, Starlight Silver Metallic, and Wine Red Metallic. The Mitsubishi Mirage has the same color choices, plus its iconic Sunrise Orange Metallic.
The entertainment features between the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are the same. Standard on both ES trims is a 7-inch touch screen display with a rearview camera, a four-speaker sound system, AM/FM audio system, Digital HD Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, and steering wheel mounted controls for audio and the phone. The difference here is the ES trim of the Mirage G4 can opt-in for steering wheel mounted voice controls and a 6.5-inch Smartphone Link Display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. The SE trim of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 and the SE and GT trims of the Mitsubishi Mirage come standard with 6.5-inch Smartphone Link Display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system.
Safety features are also shared between the two models. Both come standard with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), active stability and traction control systems, advanced dual-stage SRS front airbags, side-curtain airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, a LATCH child seat restraint system, an anti-theft engine immobilizer, and are constructed using the Mitsubishi RISE Body Construction design for enhanced safety, impact energy absorption, and crumple zones. The SE and GT trims of the respective models come with FAST-Key passive entry with push button start and a panic feature.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage has three trims – the ES, SE, and GT. Only two trims make up the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 lineup, the ES and the SE. All five trims between the two models are all powered by the same engine. Under the hood is a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC inline 3-cylinder engine, capable of generating 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. There are actually three distinct designs here that optimize the engine’s performance and overall fuel efficiency.
“MIVEC” is the brand name for Mitsubishi’s version of variable valve timing (VVT) technology, a process that alters the frequency of an engine’s cylinders valve lift events for the intake of air and fuel and the exhaust of the resulting fumes. “DOHC” stands for “Double Overhead Camshaft” and is the design of an engine with two camshafts, essentially splitting the work of an engine’s cylinders between the two instead of using the same pathway for intake and exhaust. This leads to less stress on the engine, allowing it to work more efficiently. Lastly, this engine uses Mitsubishi’s multiple port fuel injection fuel delivery system, ECI-MULTI, for more efficient injection of the fuel into the engine’s cylinders.
The engines of the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are also paired with the same transmissions. The ES trim of both models comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, but may be connected to the Mitsubishi INVECS-III Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) system. Built with a two pulley system, CVTs are built to operate with an infinite number of speeds versus regular automatic transmissions that have a set number of gear ratios for several ranges of speed.
Here is the main difference for the powertrain between the Mirage and Mirage G4. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 both get 35 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with the INVECS-III CVT. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage gets a little more, with a fuel economy of 37/43 mpg city/highway.
Simply put, consumers won’t miss out on many features when choosing between the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Sounding good? The starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is a mere $13,395* with manual transmission, and the starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is $14,395* with manual transmission. You can check out the Mitsubishi Mirage or the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 in our inventory today.