2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Ford Fiesta

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 Fiesta doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Mirage and the Fiesta 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Mirage is safer than the Ford Fiesta:

 

Mirage

Fiesta

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

52%

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

544/408 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 Ford Fiesta:

 

Mirage

Fiesta

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.2 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

275

307

Spine Acceleration

79 G’s

96 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

178

180

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

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Fiesta’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 42 points higher than the Fiesta.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Fiesta

 

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

 

 

Auto

36 city/43 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

 

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

 

 

Mirage

Fiesta

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

 

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

 

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 Fiesta doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirage G4’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Fiesta (100.4 inches vs. 98 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Fiesta’s (30.2 feet vs. 34.4 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Fiesta’s (31.5 feet vs. 34.4 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Ford Fiesta.

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

 

Mirage

Fiesta

Sedan

169.5 inches

173.5 inches

Station Wagon

149.4 inches

159.7 inches

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 Fiesta (.33) 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 Fiesta Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The Mirage G4 has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fiesta (89.5 vs. 85.1). The Mirage Hatchback has 1.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fiesta (86.2 vs. 85.1).

The Mirage G4 has 6 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fiesta Sedan.

The Mirage Hatchback has .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fiesta Hatch.

Cargo Capacity

The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Fiesta Hatch with its rear seat up (17.2 vs. 14.9 cubic feet). The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Fiesta Hatch with its rear seat folded (47 vs. 25.4 cubic feet).

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 Fiesta 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 Fiesta SE/ST-Line.

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 Fiesta doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

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 Fiesta 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 Fiesta because it costs $216 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Mirage than the Fiesta, including $36 less for a muffler and $152 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 $1297 to $2968 less than for the Ford Fiesta.

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