2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Fiat 500L

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 500L 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 500L doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Mirage and the 500L 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.

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 500L’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 500L. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500L ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500L’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 57 points higher than the 500L.

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 Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the 500L:

 

 

Mirage

500L

 

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

n/a

 

 

Auto

36 city/43 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

Auto

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

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 Fiat 500L (3). This means the Mirage produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 500L every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Mirage offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The 500L doesn’t offer a manual 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 500L doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the 500L’s (30.2 feet vs. 32.3 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the 500L’s (31.5 feet vs. 32.3 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1050 to 1250 pounds less than the Fiat 500L.

The Mirage Hatchback is 1 foot, 5.6 inches shorter than the 500L, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 500L (.31 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

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Mirage Hatchback a Compact car, while the 500L is rated a Small Station Wagon.

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 500L doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 500L 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 500L 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 500L doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

Model Availability

The Mitsubishi Mirage comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Fiat 500L isn’t available as a sedan.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Mirage will be $10938 to $11055 less than for the Fiat 500L.

Recommendations

The Mitsubishi Mirage outsold the Fiat 500L by over 14 to one during the 2018 model year.

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