2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Hyundai Accent

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mirage and the Accent 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.

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 20 points higher than the Accent.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Accent

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

 

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

28 city/38 hwy

 

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

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 Accent doesn’t offer a CVT.

A standard “hill holder” feature keeps the Mitsubishi Mirage from rolling backwards on a steep slope. The Accent doesn’t offer a hill holder feature.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Accent’s (30.2 feet vs. 33.5 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accent’s (31.5 feet vs. 33.5 feet).

Chassis

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

The Mirage G4 is 3.1 inches shorter than the Accent, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Mirage G4 has .2 inches more front headroom and 3.7 inches more rear legroom than the Accent.

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

Ergonomics

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 Accent’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 Accent 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 Accent doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Accent because it costs $252 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Accent, including $63 less for fuel injection and $287 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 $585 to $1058 less than for the Hyundai Accent.

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