2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Honda Fit

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Mirage and the Fit have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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 Fit:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

79 G’s

81 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.


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

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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








33 city/41 hwy

29 city/36 hwy




36 city/43 hwy

33 city/40 hwy

Auto LX




31 city/36 hwy

Auto EX/EX-L/Sport

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Fit’s (30.2 feet vs. 35.1 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Fit’s (31.5 feet vs. 35.1 feet).


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

The Mirage Hatchback is 12 inches shorter than the Fit, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

The Mirage Hatchback has a larger cargo area than the Fit with its rear seat up (17.2 vs. 16.6 cubic feet).


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 Fit’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 Fit 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 Fit 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 Fit doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Model Availability

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

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 Fit 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 Fit because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Fit, including $307 less for a fuel pump, $172 less for front struts and $52 less for a timing belt/chain.

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