2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Nissan Versa Note

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

 

Mirage

Versa Note

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

40%

47%

Neck Compression

68 lbs.

140 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

291/454 lbs.

807/1020 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

307

404

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

68%

Neck Stress

204 lbs.

248 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

428/846 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 Nissan Versa Note:

 

Mirage

Versa Note

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.2 inches

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

17 inches

HIC

178

195

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

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Versa Note’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 50 points higher than the Versa Note.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Versa

 

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

n/a

 

 

Auto

36 city/43 hwy

31 city/39 hwy

Auto

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 Nissan Versa Note (3 to 5). This means the Mirage produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Versa Note every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Versa Note’s (30.2 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Versa Note’s (31.5 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Nissan Versa Note.

The Mirage Hatchback is 1 foot, 1.6 inches shorter than the Versa Note, 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 lower than the Versa Note (.298 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mirage get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The Mirage Hatchback has a larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Versa Note with its rear seat folded (47 vs. 38.3 cubic feet).

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Versa Note SV/SR.

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 Versa Note SV/SR’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Mirage’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Versa Note SV/SR.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Mirage has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Versa Note doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Versa Note because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Versa Note, including $9 less for front brake pads, $4 less for fuel injection and $370 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 $1954 to $2597 less than for the Nissan Versa Note.

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