2019 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
When you need a new car, what options do you have?
Even during these times, your budget is tight. For under $18,000 you have two main choices – a used car with some mileage on it or a brand-new car.
If you choose a brand-new car, you may want to consider a Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback or a G4 sedan. We happen to have a 2019 G4 ES sedan to review for you. Let us tell you why this is the car you need right now.
First, we should discuss consumer trends. In the U.S.A., we tend to buy sedans rather than hatchbacks. While hatchbacks are more practical and can haul more than a trunk, we prefer the style and the passenger access of a sedan. Overall, the Mirage G4 gives you more than just what you need.
The basic design is simple with some nice touches all around. Our tester had a chrome grille flanked by two halogen headlamp units. The front end offers a lot of class for the money. The roofline is handsome, as is the rest of the silhouette. It also combines a lot of sport and elegance to a car designed to handle the tough streets of your neighborhood.
All four doors open wide, making it easy for occupants to enter and exit with ease. The trunk opens deep to the bumper, with a great loading height for groceries and other shopping. You get 12.6 cubic feet of generous trunk space.
The Mirage G4’s interior is designed more for function and ease. It starts with a straightforward three dial instrument binnacle. Two of the three dials are analog, except for an LCD display showing the fuel level and other trip information. The controls are easy to use and good to the touch.
For being the entry trim level for the Mirage G4 model, you get cruise control, air conditioning, power windows and remote locking standard. Our tester received an upgraded infotainment system with a touchscreen and smartphone connectivity.
Underneath the Mirage G4’s hood is a 78-horsepower 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. Don’t let that horsepower number fool you! The Mirage G4 handles highway traffic with ease, while finding a home in town. Our tester had the INVECS continuously variable transmission, which is responsive when it comes to making your move on the street and on the freeway. This system is driven down to the front wheels.
The Environmental Protection Agency rated the Mirage G4 with the CVT at 35 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway.
On these same tough streets and freeways, the Mirage G4 holds its own competently. We found this small sedan very stable and maneuverable in panic situations. We love the steering system with its direct feel to the wheels. The Mirage G4 also exhibited great on-center feel, keeping it inside the lane.
Brake pedal feel is solid with great feedback to the wheels. We found good stopping power in both normal and panic situations.
The 2020 Mirage G4 lineup starts at $14,995 with a manual transmission-equipped ES sedan. Add the CVT, and the base price goes to $16,295. Our 2019 ES tester included the upgraded package with the black alloy wheels and touchscreen infotainment system, coming in with a sticker price of $17,925. For 2020, that package has been folded into the new LE model with some added red trim in the interior. The sticker price for a 2020 LE with the same level of equipment as our tester came to $18,335.
It is also good to note that if you can find a brand new 2019 model at your dealership, there is a chance for some deep discounts and better financing terms, while starting off with a complete new car warranty.
You will also find that the Mirage G4 is very competitive in the subcompact sedan class. Customers have compared the G4 with other sedans in its class, including the Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic, and Toyota Yaris.
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the sedan you need right now. The pricing is right, and the size is perfect for anyone who doesn’t need a lot of car to commute or do essential trips in.
Story Credits: Carsoup Editors