Want a cheap car? Mitsubishi’s Mirage just might fit the bill. Want a nicer cheap car? Ante up for the Mirage G4 SEL. We tested this fully loaded sedan and came away surprised at its standard features…

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SEL Sedan Road Test

Remember when Mitsubishi had a full lineup of exciting sports models? When first arriving on the Canadian market in late 2002 for the 2003 model year I attended their all-model launch in Montebello, Quebec and was impressed by much of what they had on offer. In fact, I reviewed every single car and SUV available that year, which included compact, mid-size and full-size sedans, compact, mid-size and full-size SUVs, plus a sports coupe and convertible.

Mitsubishi continued adding models to most every mainstream market niche possible in the years that followed, and I attended nearly every launch program they put on, including the fabulous 2005 Lancer Evolution VIII MR rally-bred sport sedan that wasn't offered in Canada, the '06 Lancer Evolution IX (also not offered here), the ill-fated Dodge Dakota-based '06 Raider pickup truck (at which point I was asked if they should bring it to Canada, and I recommended not as I didn't think they'd sell enough), the much-improved '06 Eclipse Read Full Story
Cars don’t come more basic than the Mirage in Canada, but here at TheCarMagazine.com we celebrate simple. After all, where else can you buy a new car for just $12,698? Over at Nissan where the equally…

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
The nicely equipped 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is all about comfort and economy. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Cars don’t come more basic than the Mirage in Canada, but here at TheCarMagazine.com we celebrate simple. After all, where else can you buy a new car for just $12,698? Over at Nissan where the equally small and even simpler Micra hatchback sells for just $9,988 and is a whole lot more fun to drive. The Mirage focuses more on comfort, especially in new four-door G4 guise, which is how Mitsubishi dressed up our 2017 loaner. We’ll leave our thoughts about styling for the upcoming review, but suffice to say it excites our eyes as much as it’s 78 horsepower 1.2-litre three-cylinder ignites our Evo X aspirations, but then again its as-tested 6.9 L/100km city and 5.7 highway fuel economy put a smile on our faces.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Its tall profile provides a roomy interior. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
That’s with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), the base model quite not quite as thrifty with its five-speed manual gearbox. The CVT comes standard in $18,298 SEL trim, lesser models including the $14,498 ES 5MT and the $15,698 ES CVT. As tested the G4 SEL is actually very well equipped with 15-inch alloys, auto-off halogen headlamps, fog lamps, heated power-adjustable body-colour side mirrors with integrated turn signals, variable intermittent wipers, cruise control, a multi-information display, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with tilt, piano black and chromed interior accents, micron-filtered auto climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, voice activation, a USB port, remote powered locks, powered windows, four-speaker display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (Porsche doesn’t even offer the latter), a rearview camera, premium fabric upholstery, heatable front seats, a rear centre armrest with integrated cupholders, hill start assist, all the expected active and passive safety equipment including a driver’s knee airbag, and more.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
The infotainment system even includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
As noted earlier, the Mirage was built (in Thailand incidentally) for comfort, while it’s also built for peace of mind thanks to a 10-year comprehensive and 160,000 km powertrain warranty (can’t get that at Nissan, or anywhere else for that matter). As for convenience, the trunk is well proportioned for a subcompact city car at 348 litres, while it offers a lot better security for your belongings than the more accommodating 487-litre hatch. A full review is on the way, so if you’re looking for a simple, straight-forward commuter car that’s great on fuel, plenty comfortable, feature filled, and backed by an incredibly good warranty, you’d best come back to find out what we think about everything else…
Mitsubishi is so massive everywhere else in the world that its miniscule Canadian sales seem bizarre, but such is the case and even its 2nd-most popular model is now just a small player in the subcompact…

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The subcompact SUV category is booming, with sales growing exponentially and new models being added regularly. A shocking four upstarts arrived on Canadian roads in 2015, almost doubling competitors to a total of nine, while two newcomers will arrive before the close of 2017. All I can say is it's a shame Suzuki isn't here to take part. Many who remember the fun little Samurai will point to Suzuki as the subcompact SUV initiator, and while the tiny little off-roader deserves credit for reigniting North America's love affair with subcompact 4x4s back in the '80s, going so far back might cause us to continue the trek through history in order to include the similarly sized original Willys Jeep that became popular after WWII. Yes, we've long been fans of small SUVs, the 1991-1999 Dodge Colt Wagon, Eagle Summit Wagon and Plymouth Colt Vista Wagon also worthy of mention if only because they offered optional 4WD and were all based on the Mitsubishi Expo LRV, a global and U.S.-compact MPV that Read Full Story
If the Outlander isn’t the best deal among compact SUVs we don’t know what is. At under $26k it gets alloys, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, heated mirrors, more soft surfacing than rivals, a leather steering…

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC Road Test Review

I don't know about you, but to my eyes the Outlander looks much nicer in this taupe-mocha metallic than it did in black. Quartz Brown, as Mitsubishi calls it, softens the SUV's harder elements and highlights its subtler charms, seeming to smooth out its long, upright profile, giving it an all-round classier appearance.

The Labrador Black model just noted was a four-cylinder ES AWC Touring trimmed version I tested just prior to this one, whereas the model before you today is a top-line V6-powered GT S-AWC variation on the Japanese brand's compact crossover theme. I lauded the less equipped version for its improved styling, luxurious interior filled with more standard and optional features for the money than most competitors, excellent performance and thrifty fuel economy, so you'd be right in guessing that this more upscale, performance-oriented Outlander would also get an enthusiastic thumbs up.

For starters, the differences between the two are nominal at first glance, Read Full Story
The only thing separating the latest 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander from the luxury compact CUV class is its tri-diamond brand and low pricing, its standard features including alloy wheels, LED DRLs and taillights,…

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The Outlander is a compact crossover that most people don't think about when trade-in time comes around. It's sales prove this point. Of the 13 models available amongst mainstream volume brands it's dead last in both Canada and the U.S., with 2015 calendar year sales totaling 6,108 and 19,055 units respectively. It made up a sizable chunk of Mitsubishi's 21,384- and 95,342-unit Canadian and U.S. overall brand-wide auto sales last year, however, so while the Outlander's numbers might be small compared to direct competitors within the compact SUV segment it's still big business for the Japanese automaker.

Attracting buyers has been an uphill struggle since Mitsubishi arrived on the Canadian market in 2004, and it hasn't been much easier on the south side of the 49th where it's been purveying its wares much longer, with U.S. sales of 345,111 units in 2002 sinking to a low of 53,986 in 2007 and then slowly rising, falling and rising again to the aforementioned sum arrived at when Read Full Story