2019 Fiat 500L vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 500L has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mirage doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Fiat 500L has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Mirage doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The 500L’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Mirage doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the 500L and the Mirage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The Fiat 500L weighs 1060 to 1236 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Mirage. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

The 500L’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Mirage’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 17 percent more Fiat dealers than there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 500L’s warranty.

Reliability

The Fiat 500L’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Mirage’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The engine in the 500L has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Mirage has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 500L has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Mirage’s 85-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 82 more horsepower (160 vs. 78) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Fiat 500L is faster than the Mitsubishi Mirage (automatics tested):

 

500L

Mirage

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.5 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

75 MPH

Top Speed

126 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The 500L has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (13.2 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The 500L has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Mirage doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Fiat 500L comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Mirage.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 500L’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mirage:

 

500L

Mirage

Front Rotors

12 inches

9 inches

Rear Rotors

10.4 inches

7” drums

The Fiat 500L has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Mirage. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The 500L stops much shorter than the Mirage:

 

500L

Mirage

 

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 500L has larger standard tires than the Mirage (205/55R16 vs. 165/65R14). The 500L Trekking/Lounge’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (225/45R17 vs. 175/55R15).

The 500L Pop’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirage’s standard 65 series tires. The 500L Trekking/Lounge’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 500L Pop has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage. The 500L Trekking/Lounge’s 17-inch wheels are larger than the 15-inch wheels on the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE.

Suspension and Handling

The 500L has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Mirage’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 500L has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 500L’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Mirage Hatchback (102.8 inches vs. 96.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 500L is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

The 500L Lounge handles at .82 G’s, while the Mirage ES Hatchback pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The 500L has 12.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirage Hatchback (98.8 vs. 86.2).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 500L’s rear seats recline. The Mirage’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The 500L has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Mirage Hatchback with its rear seat up (22.4 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The 500L has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Mirage Hatchback with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 47 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The 500L has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Mirage doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The engine computer on the 500L disables the starter while the engine is running. The Mirage’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the 500L has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Mirage doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The 500L’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Mirage’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The 500L’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Mirage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 500L has standard extendable sun visors. The Mirage doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 500L’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The 500L’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Mirage’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The 500L’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Mirage doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

With standard voice command, the 500L offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Mirage doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The 500L Lounge has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Mirage doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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