2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mitsubishi Mirage are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Mirage and the Yaris Liftback 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Mirage is safer than the Toyota Yaris Liftback:

 

Mirage

Yaris

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

46%

Neck Stress

204 lbs.

227 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

541/337 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Mirage is safer than the Toyota Yaris Liftback:

 

Mirage

Yaris

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

252 G’s

257 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

275

450

Spine Acceleration

79 G’s

81 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

178

353

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

Warranty

The Mirage comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Yaris Liftback’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Mirage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Yaris Liftback. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Yaris Liftback ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Yaris Liftback’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Mirage Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Yaris Liftback:

 

 

Mirage

Yaris

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

30 city/36 hwy

 

Auto

36 city/43 hwy

30 city/35 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mitsubishi Mirage higher (5 out of 10) than the Toyota Yaris Liftback (3). This means the Mirage produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Yaris Liftback every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Mirage offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a CVT.

A standard “hill holder” feature keeps the Mitsubishi Mirage from rolling backwards on a steep slope. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a hill holder feature.

Brakes and Stopping

The Mirage stops shorter than the Yaris Liftback:

 

Mirage

Yaris

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Yaris Liftback’s (30.2 feet vs. 31.5 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback’s (31.5 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Toyota Yaris Liftback.

The design of the Mitsubishi Mirage amounts to more than styling. The Mirage has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Yaris Liftback (.3 to .32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mirage get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Mirage Hatchback has 1.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris 5dr Liftback (86.2 vs. 85.1).

The Mirage Hatchback has 1.1 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Yaris 5dr Liftback.

Ergonomics

The Mirage CVT offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mirage’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Yaris Liftback’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

FAST-Key standard on the Mirage SE/GT allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Mirage’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Yaris Liftback’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Mirage GT 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 Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Mirage has standard power remote mirrors. The Yaris Liftback L doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Mirage’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Mirage GT, G4 SE and LE has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Yaris Liftback.

The Mirage G4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Mirage SE/GT’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Standard smartphone integration for the Mirage SE/LE/GT allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Mirage owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Mirage with a number “1” insurance rate while the Yaris Liftback is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Yaris Liftback because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Yaris Liftback, including $324 less for a fuel pump and $162 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Mirage will be $859 to $1608 less than for the Toyota Yaris Liftback.

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