2019 Ford Fiesta vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Fiesta’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.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Mirage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

148

362

Neck Injury Risk

25%

40%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

435 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

68 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

291

307

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

204 lbs.

Neck Compression

118 lbs.

203 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

719 lbs.

970 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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

There are over 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Fiesta’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (120 vs. 78) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Fiesta has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (12.4 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Fiesta 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 Fiesta offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Mirage doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Fiesta’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

7.9 inches

7 inches

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Fiesta has larger standard tires than the Mirage (185/60R15 vs. 165/65R14). The Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (195/50R16 vs. 175/55R15).

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirage’s standard 65 series tires. The Fiesta’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE’s 55 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

The Fiesta 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.

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Mirage doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fiesta’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Mirage Hatchback (98 inches vs. 96.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fiesta is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

The Fiesta Hatch handles at .81 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 Fiesta Sedan has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear hip room than the Mirage G4.

The Fiesta Hatch has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Mirage Hatchback.

Cargo Capacity

The Fiesta Sedan has a larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (12.8 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Fiesta 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 Fiesta automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and 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 Fiesta 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 power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Mirage have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mirage prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Mirage doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Mirage’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Fiesta’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Fiesta SE/ST-Line’s optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Fiesta’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.

With standard voice command, the Fiesta 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.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Mirage, including $186 less for a water pump, $18 less for front brake pads, $228 less for a starter, $153 less for fuel injection, $72 less for front struts, $40 less for a timing belt/chain and $650 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by over two to one during 2018.

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