2019 Honda Civic vs. 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Mirage’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Mirage doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Honda Civic 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 Civic’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Mirage doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Civic’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 Civic Sport Sedan/Sport Coupe/EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Civic and the Mirage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

The Honda Civic weighs 568 to 992 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.

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

 

Civic

Mirage

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

362

Neck Injury Risk

20%

40%

Neck Stress

176 lbs.

435 lbs.

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

68 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

192/350 lbs.

291/454 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

265

307

Neck Injury Risk

34%

43%

Neck Stress

131 lbs.

204 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

203 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Civic Sedan is safer than the Mirage Hatchback:

 

Civic

Mirage

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

21 cm

21 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.2/.5 kN

4.9/1.8 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.51/.99

1.87/.8

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Civic

Mirage

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

252 G’s

252 G’s

Hip Force

306 lbs.

519 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

68 G’s

79 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

959 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

727 lbs.

970 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mirage was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Civic’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (158 vs. 78) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (138 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl. The Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (174 vs. 78) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl. The Civic Hatchback Sport’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 102 more horsepower (180 vs. 78) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Civic is faster than the Mitsubishi Mirage (automatics tested):

 

Civic 4 cyl.

Civic 1.5T

Mirage

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

6.6 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.4 sec

7.2 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

15.1 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

95 MPH

75 MPH

Top Speed

125 MPH

125 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Civic 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

A six-speed manual is available on the Honda Civic, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a five-speed manual is available for the Mirage.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Civic

Mirage

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

9 inches

Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

7” drums

The Honda Civic 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 Civic stops much shorter than the Mirage:

 

Civic

Mirage

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Civic has larger standard tires than the Mirage (215/55R16 vs. 165/65R14). The Civic Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (235/40R18 vs. 175/55R15).

The Civic LX’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 Civic Sport/Touring’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Mirage’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage. The Civic Sport/Touring’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 15-inch wheels optional on the Mirage.

The Honda Civic’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mitsubishi Mirage only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mitsubishi Mirage has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Civic flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirage’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Civic 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 Civic’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 Civic’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Mirage G4 (106.3 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Civic is 4.1 inches wider in the front and 5.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Sedan a Mid-size car, while the Mirage G4 is rated a Compact.

The Civic Sedan has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirage G4 (97.8 vs. 89.5).

The Civic Sedan has .2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front hip room, 5.3 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirage G4.

Cargo Capacity

The Civic Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (15.1 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

The Civic Hatchback has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Mirage Hatchback with its rear seat up (25.7 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Civic 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 Civic 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 Civic 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 Civic’s front power windows 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.

If the windows are left open on the Civic the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Mirage can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Mirage’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Civic’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 Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Mirage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Civic has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Mirage doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Civic detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Mirage doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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

The Civic EX/EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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

Both the Civic and the Mirage offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring Sedan/Sport Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Mirage.

The Civic EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Mirage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the Civic EX-L Navi/Touring/Sport Touring offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Mirage doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Model Availability

The Honda Civic comes in coupe, sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t available as a coupe or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

The Civic will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic will retain 44.1% to 46.81% of its original price after five years, while the Mirage only retains 32.68% to 36.59%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because it costs $189 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic than the Mirage, including $157 less for a water pump, $101 less for a muffler, $31 less for front brake pads, $88 less for fuel injection, $26 less for front struts and $637 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Civic second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mirage isn’t in the top three.

The Civic Sport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Mirage has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The Mirage has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Mirage has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by almost 15 to one during the 2018 model year.

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