2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Honda Civic

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mirage and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

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 Honda Civic:

 

Mirage

Civic

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

168

204

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

252 G’s

252 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

275

404

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

178

260

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

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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Mirage G4 gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Sedan 2.0 4-cylinder:

 

 

Mirage

Civic

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

 

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

30 city/38 hwy

 

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

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 6.3 feet tighter than the Civic Sport Hatchback’s (30.2 feet vs. 37.8 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 6.3 feet tighter than the Civic LX/EX Sedan’s (31.5 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

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

The Mirage G4 is 8.4 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Mirage is 5.3 inches narrower on average than the Civic, making the Mirage easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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 Civic’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Mirage’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic LX Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

The Mirage’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Mirage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mirage will cost $700 less than the Civic over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Civic, including $107 less for a starter, $390 less for a fuel pump and $110 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Mirage will be $2240 to $9024 less than for the Honda Civic.

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