2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Nissan Versa Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mirage and the Versa Sedan 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 Sedan:

 

Mirage

Versa

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

68 lbs.

75 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

291/454 lbs.

751/789 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

307

561

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

62%

Neck Stress

204 lbs.

239 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

524/501 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 Sedan:

 

Mirage

Versa

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

168

216

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.5 inches

Hip Force

519 lbs.

556 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

275

686

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

17 inches

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 Sedan’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 Sedan. 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 Sedan ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Versa

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

 

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

31 city/39 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 Nissan Versa Sedan (3 to 5). This means the Mirage produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Versa Sedan every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

The Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Versa Sedan’s 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage G4’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Versa Sedan’s (31.5 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Nissan Versa Sedan.

The Mirage G4 is 5.9 inches shorter than the Versa Sedan, 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 significantly lower than the Versa Sedan (.319) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mirage get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Mirage G4 has .7 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear hip room than the Versa Sedan.

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

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 Sedan 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 Sedan SV.

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 Sedan SV’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 Sedan SV.

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 Sedan doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Mirage GT, G4 SE and LE has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Versa Sedan.

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

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Mirage’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Versa Sedan doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages

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

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