2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Toyota Corolla

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

 

Mirage

Corolla

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

395/206 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 Toyota Corolla:

 

Mirage

Corolla

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

275

294

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

HIC

178

198

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

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Corolla

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

Manual

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

30 city/40 hwy

Auto LE Eco

 

 

n/a

29 city/38 hwy

Auto Eco w/16” wheels

 

 

n/a

28 city/36 hwy

Auto L/LE/SE/XLE

 

 

n/a

28 city/35 hwy

Auto XSE

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Mirage stops shorter than the Corolla:

 

Mirage

Corolla

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 5.4 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (30.2 feet vs. 35.6 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (31.5 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 800 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla.

The Mirage G4 is 1 foot, 1.6 inches shorter than the Corolla, 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 Corolla (.28 to .3) 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 .8 inches more front headroom and 4.3 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

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 Corolla’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 Corolla doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Corolla L’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 Corolla doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Mirage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mirage will cost $1530 less than the Corolla over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Corolla, including $44 less for fuel injection, $326 less for a fuel pump and $648 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 $2239 to $2808 less than for the Toyota Corolla.

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