Car Review: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Sometimes, a peanut butter and jam sandwich is all you need. Sure, a five-course meal in a three-star Michelin Guide restaurant is the stuff of gourmand dreams. But like seat time in a McLaren P1, such dining experiences are very rare indeed, even in a well-lived lifetime. PB&J between two slices of bread? That’s the stuff that’s fuelled many a Little Leaguer, university student, midnight snacker and pensioner. It’s the kitchen cupboard’s great leveller, ticking the budget, nutrition and time-for-prep boxes.
The PB&J of the automotive world is the subcompact sedan, where price, fuel economy and warranty are what appeal to prospective buyers’ appetites. Not surprisingly, the menu options abound in this category. There’s the Toyota Yaris, the Chevrolet Spark, the Kia Rio, the Hyundai Accent, and the Ford Fiesta, among others. The newest entrée is the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4, an all-new sedan version of the Mirage hatchback that has been in the Canadian market since 2012.
While the G4 is the first Mitsubishi-badged subcompact sedan to be offered in Canada, it’s not the first as the 1978 Dodge Colt was in fact based on an A70-series Mitsubishi Lancer. The 2012 Mirage was in fact the sixth generation of the hatchback, and was previously known as the Mitsubishi Colt. The Mirage sedan, called the G4, debuted in 2013 in select Asian markets and has finally made its way to Canada as a 2017 model.
The most striking difference between the sedan and the hatch, apart from the obvious silhouette, is the sedan’s more conventional body style. That allows for best-in-class rear seat room, with more legroom than its larger Lancer stablemate. Cargo space in the truck is also generous, though that fact isn’t too rare in this segment, as subcompacts like the Yaris and Accent boast big trunks. Read more...