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The Best Subcompact Sedans to Buy in 2021

Motor Trend Logo By Greg Fink,MotorTrend Staff,Manufacturer of Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 9: We lied. There is one penalty box that remains in the subcompact sedan space: The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Sure, the little Mitsu comes standard with automatic climate control, seven airbags, and a touchscreen infotainment system, but these features ultimately serve as lipstick, as much so as the redesigned front end and larger touchscreen are on the updated-for-2021 model. Blame a general lack of dynamic competence, including lifeless steering, a slow-to-respond continuously variable transmission—a five-speed manual, however, is standard on the base ES model—and a weak 78-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. Even worse, the Mirage G4's $15,990 base price is not even the cheapest in the segment, though it is still rather inexpensive. On the plus side, the G4's little three-pot ekes out decent fuel economy, and Mitsubishi offers a strong warranty on its cars. [Read more on the Mitsubishi Mirage G4]

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We lied. There is one penalty box that remains in the subcompact sedan space: The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Sure, the little Mitsu comes standard with automatic climate control, seven airbags, and a touchscreen infotainment system, but these features ultimately serve as lipstick, as much so as the redesigned front end and larger touchscreen are on the updated-for-2021 model. Blame a general lack of dynamic competence, including lifeless steering, a slow-to-respond continuously variable transmission—a five-speed manual, however, is standard on the base ES model—and a weak 78-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. Even worse, the Mirage G4's $15,990 base price is not even the cheapest in the segment, though it is still rather inexpensive. On the plus side, the G4's little three-pot ekes out decent fuel economy, and Mitsubishi offers a strong warranty on its cars. [Read more on the Mitsubishi Mirage G4]

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