2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Toyota Yaris

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mirage and the Yaris 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.

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

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Yaris

 

 

Manual

33 city/40 hwy

30 city/39 hwy

 

 

Auto

35 city/41 hwy

32 city/40 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 Toyota Yaris (3). This means the Mirage produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Yaris 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 Yaris doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Mirage stops shorter than the Yaris:

 

Mirage

Yaris

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

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 Yaris LE/XLE’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Yaris’ (30.2 feet vs. 32.2 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Yaris’ (31.5 feet vs. 32.2 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Toyota Yaris.

The Mirage Hatchback is 1 foot, 9.8 inches shorter than the Yaris, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Mirage G4 a Compact car, while the Yaris is rated a Subcompact.

The Mirage G4 has 3.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris (89.5 vs. 85.9).

The Mirage G4 has .9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Yaris.

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

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 Yaris 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 Yaris.

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

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Mirage has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Yaris 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 Yaris doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Mirage ES. The Yaris doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Mirage owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Mirage with a number “1” insurance rate while the Yaris is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Yaris because typical repairs cost less on the Mirage than the Yaris, including $28 less for a fuel pump, $60 less for front struts and $45 less for a timing belt/chain.

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