2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Chevrolet Spark

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 Spark doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Mirage and the Spark 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.

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

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

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Mirage has a standard 85-amp alternator. The Spark’s 80-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 20 points higher than the Spark.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Spark

 

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

29 city/39 hwy

Manual

 

 

n/a

29 city/37 hwy

Manual ACTIV

 

Auto

36 city/43 hwy

30 city/38 hwy

Auto

 

 

n/a

30 city/37 hwy

Auto ACTIV

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

 

 

Mirage

Spark

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

29 city/39 hwy

Manual

 

 

n/a

29 city/37 hwy

Manual ACTIV

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

30 city/38 hwy

Auto

 

 

n/a

30 city/37 hwy

Auto ACTIV

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirage Hatchback’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Spark (96.5 inches vs. 93.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mirage is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Spark.

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Spark’s (30.2 feet vs. 33.8 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Spark’s (31.5 feet vs. 33.8 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Spark.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Mirage Hatchback a Compact car, while the Spark is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Mirage has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Spark can only carry 4.

The Mirage Hatchback has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Spark (86.2 vs. 83).

Cargo Capacity

The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Spark with its rear seat up (17.2 vs. 11.1 cubic feet). The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Spark with its rear seat folded (47 vs. 27.2 cubic feet).

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 Spark doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Spark LT/ACTIV.

The Mirage’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. The Spark LS/ACTIV doesn’t offer power locks.

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 Chevrolet Spark’s available Passive Entry with Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 Spark 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 Spark 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 Spark 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 Spark doesn’t offer rear vents.

Model Availability

The Mitsubishi Mirage comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Chevrolet Spark isn’t available as a sedan.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Spark because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Spark, including $32 less for a muffler, $22 less for front brake pads, $289 less for a fuel pump and $396 less for a timing belt/chain.

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