STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - For buyers with limited funds (or for those who would rather spend their money on other things ) the Mirage hatchback and the G4 sedan are solid choices. The G4 has nearly four more inches between the front and rear wheels than the Mirage, which means more rear-seat legroom. With a proper trunk, the G4 is also 20 inches longer, making it nearly as long as a Toyota Yaris sedan. The G4 shares the same dashboard and control panel as the Mirage, however the gauges and optional touch-screen display are first-rate. The standard three-cylinder engine makes 78 horsepower, which isn't much, but that's offset by a low curb weight. That is unless the car is laden with people and luggage, in which case it's better to stick to the right lane to enjoy the slowly passing scenery. Transmission choices consist of a five-speed manual or available continuously variable unit (CVT). For not a lot of cash, even base models come with the basic power-operated stuff as well as air conditioning. You can spend more on non-essential extras, but that sort of defeats the purpose of basic transportation.
Base price (incl. destination): $14,800 (hatchback); $15,800 (G4)
Engine: (h.p.): 1.2-liter I-3 (78)
Transmissions: Five-speed manual; continuously variable (CVT)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 37/43/39 (MT)
Base weight (lb.): 2,070