The availability of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration at this level
The general low-rent aura; lack of sophistication
The entry level ES trim receives a rearview camera as standard, plus Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen, a "pass-through" aperture in the trunk and the option of 15-in alloy wheels. The SE trim now has an armrest for the driver's seat.
The automatic transmission is an extra $1,200 in the ES, which starts to make the SE look more affordable. But make a point of checking out the competition and keep in mind that a little more spent now will bring benefits down the road.
The 5-seater 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 comes in ES and SE trim levels.
ES ($15,260) starts with 14-in steel wheels, LED taillights, a rear spoiler, power windows/locks/mirrors, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a steering wheel that adjusts only for tilt, a manual 4-way adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 7-in touchscreen plus a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio input and a USB port.
An optional ES Smartphone package brings Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and a 6.5-in touchscreen, plus 15-in alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and cruise control.
SE ($17,960) has that package as standard, then adds the CVT, keyless entry/ignition, fog lamps, automatic climate control, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and a self-dimming rearview mirror.
Other options include interior lighting, front/rear parking sensors and a rear lip spoiler.
Trunk space is 12.3 cu ft. That's OK, but the Toyota Yaris iA comes with 13.5 cu ft.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2018 Chevrolet Sonic -- More fun to drive than the G4 and with a nicer interior.
2018 Ford Fiesta -- Available as a hatchback or sedan. Far more enjoyable and better executed than the G4. And its excellent fuel economy (with the turbocharged 3-cylinder engine) compares well with the G4's, albeit at a higher price.
2018 Nissan Versa -- If passenger space is a priority, the Versa offers ample headroom and a massive back seat. There's not much else to recommend it, though.
2018 Toyota Yaris iA -- Has a far more pleasant interior than the G4 and its engine has at least some pep by comparison.
Used Honda Civic -- Well-engineered, well-built and it's a fairly sure bet that Honda spent way more money developing it than Mitsubishi could ever devote to the Mirage G4. Look for one in Honda's certified pre-owned (CPO) program.