2019 Hyundai Accent vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Accent 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 Accent Limited has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, 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 Hyundai Accent Limited 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 Accent SEL/Limited’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 Accent Limited has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen 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 Accent and the Mirage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Hyundai Accent is safer than the Mirage Hatchback:

 

Accent

Mirage

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.4/0 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

.88/.55

1.87/.8

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accent the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mirage was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The Accent’s 7-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Mirage runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accent’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (130 vs. 78) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (119 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Accent has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (11.9 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A six-speed manual is standard on the Hyundai Accent, 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 Accent’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Mirage:

 

Accent

Mirage

Front Rotors

11 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches

7 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

The Accent SEL/Limited has standard antilock 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 Accent stops much shorter than the Mirage:

 

Accent

Mirage

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Accent has larger standard tires than the Mirage (185/65R15 vs. 165/65R14). The Accent Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (205/45R17 vs. 175/55R15).

The Accent Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE’s 55 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accent’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Mirage G4 (101.6 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accent is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

Passenger Space

The Accent has .7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirage G4 (90.2 vs. 89.5).

The Accent has .4 inches more front legroom, 2.9 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirage G4.

Cargo Capacity

The Accent has a much larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (13.7 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Accent Limited’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Mirage doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

The Accent 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 Accent Limited 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 Accent SEL/Limited 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 Accent and the Mirage have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Accent 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.

The Mirage’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Accent’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.)

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

The Accent SEL/Limited’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Accent’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.

With standard voice command, the Accent SEL/Limited offers the driver hands free control of the radio by simply speaking. The Mirage doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages

The Accent will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Accent will retain 41.67% to 41.96% 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 Accent is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Mirage, including $224 less for a water pump, $54 less for a muffler, $33 less for front brake pads, $145 less for a starter, $105 less for front struts, $6 less for a timing belt/chain and $991 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Hyundai Accent outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by 20% during 2018.

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