The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan (the hatchback is marketed separately) starts at $15,290 (including the $895 destination charge) for a five-speed manual ES and rises to $17,990 for an SE equipped with a CVT automatic. Compared to the hatchback, that represents a $1,000 premium for the "luxury" of a separate trunk.
Although the Mirage's raison d'être is price, most buyers will shun the manual, which means an additional $1,200 for a CVT-equipped ES (the SE is only available with the CVT). Other than steel wheels, the base equipment list is fairly complete with power windows and locks, air conditioning, keyless entry, a rear view camera, and even a standard seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth phone and audio capability.
The sole option (and one we strongly recommend) is the $800 Smartphone Display Package. Bizarrely, it downgrades the touchscreen to just 6.5 inches diagonally, but adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels instead of steelies, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. While the Mirage rarely feels like a bargain, this package is the exception.
Here's how we'd have it:
- Model: Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES
- Engine: 1.2-liter three-cylinder
- Output: 78 hp / 74 lb-ft
- Transmission: Continuously variable transmission
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 35 City / 41 Hwy
- Options: Smartphone Display Package ($800, 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, cruise control, 15-inch wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel)
- Base Price:$16,490 (including an $895 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$17,290