The Discontinued Mitsubishi Mirage vs Mitsubishi Mirage G4

May 16th, 2024 by


With the end of the Mitsubishi Mirage announced in 2023, sales for Mitsubishi Motors have seen a spike for the little hatchback. Known as the most affordable car in America, and the most fuel-efficient vehicle still powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE), the Mirage has a lot going for it. Why it’s being discontinued is anyone’s guess, but it might not be the only model getting the axe. More often than not, the Mirage and its sedan counterpart, the Mirage G4 are lumped together. This means both could be discontinued, here’s a look at what both models offer.

At the end of the day, the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 may as well be clones of one another, barring that the former is a hatchback and the latter is a sedan. Both models come with four trims – ES, LE, BE, and SE. Both models are also powered by a 1.2-liter Inline 3-cylinder DOHC engine, optimized with MIVEC, Mitsubishi Motors variable valve timing (VVT) technology for better fuel economy. The key difference here is the power output and fuel economy, but only by a slight margin. The Mitsubishi Mirage can generate 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 can generate 76 horsepower and 75 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of 35 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. So, not a huge difference, and surprisingly the larger hatchback is offering a little more bang for the buck,

Let’s look at the exterior and features. Both are wildly the same, with LED tail lights the sole lineup standard. Automatic headlights start after the base trim (ES) for the Mirage G4, but consumers won’t see them on the Mirage until the SE trim. On both models, the SE trim also adds heated exterior mirrors with turn-signal indicators. The BE trim is known as the “Black Edition”, where several features are “blacked out” including black A/C vents and center console trim, plus black fender flares on the Mirage G4, and black wheel locks and lug nuts, a black roof spoiler, and black side mirrors for the Mirage. Inside, the Mirage G4 is lacking a bit, only offering consumers cloth upholstery, whereas the Mirage comes with synthetic leather-trimmed in the SE, but both come with heated front seats in the SE.

Mitsubishi is slowly adapting new tech to replace its infotainment system, but at the moment, a a 7-inch smartphone-link display, capable of Bluetooth wireless technology, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto is the standard in most models in the lineup. This includes a four-speaker sound system. For safety, all models are built with Mitsubishi’s signature RISE body construction method. Both models come with advanced safety features standard, such as forward collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection. Lane departure warning is added to the SE trim.

At the end of the day, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 are great beginner cars. They don’t go too fast, they come with basic and advanced safety features, and both vehicles can be kept in tip-top condition with Mitsubishi Motors’ industry-leading warranties and coverage plans. All Mitsubishi vehicles are covered by a basic limited warranty for 5 years/60,000 miles, a powertrain limited warranty for 10 years/100,000 miles, 7 years or 100,000 miles of anti-corrosion coverage, and roadside assistance.

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