2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Fiat 500

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 Fiat 500 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 500 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Mirage and the 500 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Fiat 500:

 

Mirage

500

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

362

384

Neck Compression

68 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

291/454 lbs.

436/571 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

49%

Neck Stress

204 lbs.

256 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

479/866 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 Fiat 500:

 

Mirage

500

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

519 lbs.

684 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

275

382

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

178

225

Spine Acceleration

50 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

970 lbs.

1103 lbs.

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 500’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Mirage 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500’s (7 vs. 5 years).

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 56 points higher than the 500.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 26th in reliability. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Mirage G4 gets better fuel mileage than the 500:

 

 

Mirage

500

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

28 city/33 hwy

 

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

 

On the EPA test cycle the Mirage Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the 500:

 

 

Mirage

500

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

28 city/33 hwy

 

Auto

36 city/43 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Mirage uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 500 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Mirage stops much shorter than the 500:

 

Mirage

500

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Mirage has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 500; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirage Hatchback’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the 500 (96.5 inches vs. 90.6 inches). The Mirage G4’s wheelbase is 9.8 inches longer than on the 500 (100.4 feet vs. 90.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mirage is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the 500.

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 7.4 feet tighter than the 500’s (30.2 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 6.1 feet tighter than the 500’s (31.5 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Fiat 500.

The design of the Mitsubishi Mirage amounts to more than styling. The Mirage has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is significantly lower than the 500 (.352 to .362) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mirage get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Mirage G4 a Compact car, while the 500 is rated a Subcompact.

The Mirage has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 500 can only carry 4.

The Mirage G4 has 14 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500 (89.5 vs. 75.5). The Mirage Hatchback has 10.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500 (86.2 vs. 75.5).

The Mirage G4 has .2 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear legroom, 5.6 inches more rear hip room and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500.

The Mirage Hatchback has .2 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.8 inches more rear hip room and 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500.

Cargo Capacity

The Mirage G4 has a much larger trunk than the 500 with its rear seat up (12.3 vs. 9.5 cubic feet).

The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the 500 with its rear seat up (17.2 vs. 9.5 cubic feet). The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the 500 with its rear seat folded (47 vs. 30.1 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 500 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mirage’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Fiat does not offer a locking feature on the 500’s standard power windows.

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 500’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Mirage’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Fiat 500 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 500 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 500 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Mirage G4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Mirage has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500 doesn’t offer rear vents.

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 500 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the 500 because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the 500, including $123 less for fuel injection and $437 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

The Mitsubishi Mirage outsold the Fiat 500 by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.

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