2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Chevrolet Sonic

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mirage offers optional Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Sonic doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Mirage and the Sonic 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Chevrolet Sonic:

 

Mirage

Sonic

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.1 inches

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

178

197

Spine Acceleration

50 G’s

53 G’s

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 Sonic’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 Chevrolet covers the Sonic. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Sonic ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Sonic’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Mirage’s reliability 13 points higher than the Sonic.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Sonic

 

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

27 city/38 hwy

 

 

Auto

36 city/43 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

 

On the EPA test cycle the Mirage G4 gets better fuel mileage than the Sonic Sedan:

 

 

Mirage

Sonic

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

27 city/38 hwy

 

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

26 city/34 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 Chevrolet Sonic (3). This means the Mirage produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Sonic 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 Sonic doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Sonic LS/LT’s (30.2 feet vs. 34.5 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Sonic LTZ/RS’ (31.5 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 800 pounds less than the Chevrolet Sonic.

The Mirage is shorter than the Sonic, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Mirage

Sonic

Sedan

169.5 inches

173.9 inches

Station Wagon

149.4 inches

159.8 inches

For excellent aerodynamics, the Mirage ES/SE has standard flush composite headlights. The Sonic has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The Mirage G4 has .4 inches more front headroom and 2.6 inches more rear legroom than the Sonic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Mirage’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Sonic Sedan’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics

The Mirage’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Sonic LT/Premier.

The Mirage has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Sonic doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Sonic doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Mirage G4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sonic 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 Sonic doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Mirage has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Sonic doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Sonic because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Sonic, including $263 less for a muffler, $38 less for front brake pads and $268 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Mirage will be $2108 to $4423 less than for the Chevrolet Sonic.

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