Given its Lilliputian dimensions, the Mirage's passenger compartment is larger than one would expect, with space that's adequate for four adults. The cargo area measures 12.3 cubic feet, however. There's precious little flair in terms of the interior styling, but the materials are sturdy and the controls logically placed and easy to use.
Despite its entry-level positioning, the Mirage isn't bare-bones when it comes to content: power windows and locks, automatic climate control and a stereo with iPod/USB connectivity are fitted as standard. Options include a navigation system with a rear-view camera, parking sensors and interior LED lighting.
The Mirage features a three-cylinder engine that prioritizes efficiency ahead of power. It produces just 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque, but when paired with an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) it returns truly impressive fuel economy: 35 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg combined.
The standard gearbox is a five-speed manual transmission; it facilities quicker acceleration but lowers efficiency to 33 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg combined.
With an tight turning circle of 31.5 feet, nimble responses enabled by a curb weight of about 2,200 pounds, and dimensions that lend themselves to easy parking, the Mirage is in its element in city environments. Slow acceleration means the hatchback is less at home merging onto busy highways, however.
Standard and Optional Features
The Mirage G4 is available in ES and SE trims.
In addition to a generous warranty, the ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, power steering, halogen headlights, body-colored mirrors and bumpers, power-adjustable mirrors, 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, map lights, four-way adjustable front seats, A/C, a rear center armrest, a tilt steering wheel, a four-speaker sound system, a USB port, keyless entry, power locks, and power windows.
Stepping up to the SE trim adds fog lights, turn signals integrated into the mirrors, 15-inch alloy wheels, a six-way adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, automatic A/C, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gloss black trim in the cabin, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.5-inch touch screen compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a push-button ignition, a rear-view camera, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Several option packages are available. Notably, the Rear Camera Package brings an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and -- you guessed it -- a rear-view camera. The Smart Phone Display Package bundles a 100-watt sound system with four speakers, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, a rear-view camera, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Buyers can also pay extra for parking sensors, a cargo net, and an array of accessories including wheel locks, a remote engine starter, all-weather floor mats, and a rear spoiler.
Every Mirage regardless of trim level comes standard with front, side, and curtain airbags in addition to a driver's knee airbag. The list of standard features also includes traction and stability control systems, and brake assist.
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4's rivals include the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio.