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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 OVERVIEW
For its second model year, Mitsubishi’s subcompact sedan has improved technology, with an upgraded touchscreen display and smartphone integration. At $14,395, the sedan version of the Mirage remains one of the most affordable cars on sale in America.
What's New for 2018
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 now features an upgraded seven-inch touchscreen display, used to display the rearview camera. Bluetooth audio streaming is supported through steering wheel switches. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now provide full smartphone integration on SE trim (optional on ES.)
Choosing Your Mirage G4
The Mirage G4 is a budget buy, with only two trim levels and transmissions to choose from. Both models are powered by a 78-horsepower, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine generating 74 pound-feet of torque.
Base ES models are fitted with a five-speed manual transmission delivering 33 mpg city and 40 highway. It’s a $1,200 option to add the continuously variable automatic transmission to the ES, although it's fitted as standard to the SE. The CVT boosts economy to 35/41 city/highway, though it further diminishes the engine’s meager output.
As well as bargain basement prices, Mirage G4s receive comprehensive warranties. Owners get a five-year manufacturer warranty and roadside assistance policy, with a ten-year limited warranty on the powertrain.
The Mirage G4 is a car we'd only recommend to someone that's desperate to purchase a brand-new vehicle or who needs the best fuel economy without resorting to a hybrid. Otherwise, it lacks the equipment, refinement, style, or driving enjoyment possessed by much of the competition.