Small cars have always been a specialty of Mitsubishi, but from 1996 through 2014, the Japanese brand lacked any mainstream offering in the small car market. That all changed with the rebirth of the Mirage nameplate in 2014 (for the U.S.) market, and this lineup improves further with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan.
Complementing the Mirage hatchback, the Mirage G4 gives Mitsubishi a low-cost, high-efficiency duo in the rapidly growing subcompact segment. Better yet, after a one-year hiatus, the addition of the G4 sedan marks one of just a handful of improvements and upgrades made to the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage lineup, and to see how this car stacks up with its pint-sized competition, I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE sedan.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Exterior:
In other markets, the Mirage sedan has been on sale since 2013, but the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 marks the first year for this subcompact four-door. Aside from the obvious addition of a trunk, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage gets a slightly restyled exterior including a reshaped front fascia with a more prominent and more attractive grille. This SE trim adds a more upscale look with 15-inch dark chrome alloy wheels, fog lights with chrome accent bezels and integrated turn signal in the door mirrors. This tester was painted in a dark shade of red called Infrared, but the paint job gave this Mirage an unfinished look with front and rear bumpers that didn’t quite match the rest of the body color and an engine compartment that was left primer grey.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Interior:
Compared to modern competition like the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris iA, the interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 feels like a base model even in the top SE trim level. Sure, you get features such as proximity keyless entry, push-button starter (found on the left side of the steering column), heated front seats, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and stylish gloss black cabin accents, but the overall fit and finish feels like an economy car from about 10 years ago. The good news, though, is that the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 rides on a longer wheelbase than the Mirage hatchback, which allows for impressive space for rear occupants with 3.2 inches of added legroom. Likewise, the trunk’s available 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space is almost as much as what the hatchback model offers behind the rear seats.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Powertrain:
The saving grace of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan is the fact that it earns the distinction of being the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the U.S. that isn’t a hybrid or diesel. This is thanks to the 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine rated at 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque – that is a 4-hp (or 5 percent) gain over the 2015 Mirage. On the SE trim, this engine can only be mated to a continuously variable transmission helping to return EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 35 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway**.
Even though power output doesn’t sound like much, the light curb weight (just 2,194) of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 allows this sedan to accelerate surprisingly well. On top of that, the electric power assist steering gives the small sedan great responsiveness, and the same can be said for the car’s stopping power despite its rear drum setup.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Safety:
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan comes with standard safety features that include six airbags, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Active Stability Control (ASC), but it lacks any driver assistance technology that is required for top crash ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2017 Mirage hatchback received a four star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the sedan body style has yet to be tested.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Overall:
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 might not be a ground-breaking subcompact sedan, but it should be a great place holder while the newly formed relationship between Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault takes shape. In addition to being the most efficient new (non-hybrid/diesel) car in the U.S., the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is also one of the most affordable with a starting price of just $12,995 for the hatchback and $13,995 for the sedan*. This 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE had an as-tested price of $17,830, which only factored in the required destination charge.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Mitsubishi dealership and test drive the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.