2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Toyota Prius c

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mitsubishi Mirage are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota Prius c doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Mirage and the Prius c have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 Prius c:



Prius c




4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

68 lbs.

262 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

291/454 lbs.

316/452 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

204 lbs.

270 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

373/348 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 Prius c:



Prius c


5 Stars

4 Stars


Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Movement

1 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

252 G’s

276 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

79 G’s

90 G’s

Hip Force

959 lbs.

991 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches




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

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

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 Prius c’s 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Prius c’s (30.2 feet vs. 31.4 feet).


The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Toyota Prius c.

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 Prius c (.29) 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 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius c (89.5 vs. 87.4).

The Mirage G4 has .5 inches more front headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Prius c.

Servicing Ease

A Service Reminder is standard on the Mirage to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and vehicle inspection based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Prius c.


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 Prius c 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 Prius c’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 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 Prius c doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 Prius c doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 Prius c.

The Mirage G4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Prius c doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Model Availability

The Mitsubishi Mirage comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Toyota Prius c isn’t available as a station wagon.

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 Prius c over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Prius c because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Prius c, including $255 less for a water pump, $215 less for fuel injection, $378 less for a fuel pump and $729 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 $4129 to $4310 less than for the Toyota Prius c.

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