MITSUBISHI MIRAGE G4 MANUAL TRANSMISSION1.2 GASOLINE ENGINE – 5 SEATER
As the sedan version of the Mirage, the G4, is 20.1 inches longer than the hatchback version at 169.5 inches in overall length, and its 100.4-inch wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than that of the hatchback. Both ride with a ground clearance of 6.3 inches, but the G4, with its height of 59.2 inches, is fractionally shorter; the G4 is 65.7 inches wide. At around 70 pounds heavier than the hatchback, the G4 has curb weights ranging from 2,117 lbs to 2,194 lbs.
Engine and Transmission
The Mirage G4’s 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine is excruciatingly underpowered: the 78 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque it musters up is barely enough to help it plod towards 60 mph in a labored 13 seconds, according to independent tests. The five-speed manual gearbox, which is available only in the base-spec Mirage G4, helps provide better control over power delivery, but barely makes a difference. Things go from bad to worse when you swap out the manual for the CVT that becomes standard on upper trims. With the CVT equipped, the G4 is painstaking to drive, giving the impression that the engine is dying a slow, horribly boring death.
Acceleration and power delivery remains lethargic, be it from a standstill or when on the go. While it may be passable within city limits, it’s incompetent at highway speeds, unable to maintain speed or effect passing maneuvers. The powertrain is noisy, unrefined, and continually sounds strained, making the Mirage G4 a backmarker in the segment in this area.
Mirage G4 Gas Mileage
One advantage of the Mirage G4’s tiny engine – possibly the only advantage – is the best-in-class gas mileage it affords. With the five-speed manual gearbox in play, the Mirage G4 returns EPA estimates of 33/40/35 mpg city/highway/combined. With the CVT automatic equipped, it returns even more impressive estimates of 35/41/37 mpg. The Mirage hatchback is a little more fuel-efficient though, with the manual model returning 33/41/36 mpg and the CVT model returning 36/43/39 mpg. The Kia Rio Sedan doesn’t come up too far behind in gas mileage, with EPA estimates of 33/41/36 mpg coming from its four-cylinder mill and CVT. The Mirage G4’s 9.2-gallon gas tank affords the CVT-equipped model a maximum range of 340 miles before running empty.
Mirage G4 Trunk and Cargo Space
The Mirage G4 offers only 12.6 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, which is 4.5 cu-ft less than what is offered behind the rear seats of the hatchback version.