2019 Nissan Versa Note vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Versa Note SL has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Mirage only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Versa Note and the Mirage 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Nissan Versa Note is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Versa Note

Mirage

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

136

168

Abdominal Force

225 G’s

252 G’s

Hip Force

403 lbs.

519 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

271

275

Spine Acceleration

67 G’s

79 G’s

Hip Force

842 lbs.

959 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

641 lbs.

970 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Versa Note’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Mirage’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Versa Note’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Versa Note has a standard 110-amp alternator. The Mirage’s 85-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Versa Note second among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Mirage isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (109 vs. 78) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (107 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Versa Note has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (10.8 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Nissan Versa Note comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Mirage.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Versa Note’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Mirage:

 

Versa Note

Mirage

Front Rotors

10.02 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches

7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Versa Note has larger standard tires than the Mirage (185/65R15 vs. 165/65R14). The Versa Note SR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (195/55R16 vs. 175/55R15).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Versa Note has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage. The Versa Note SR’s 16-inch wheels are larger than the 15-inch wheels on the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE.

The Versa Note (except S) offers an optional easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Mirage doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Versa Note has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Note flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirage’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Versa Note has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Note’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Mirage Hatchback (102.4 inches vs. 96.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Versa Note is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

Chassis

The front grille of the Versa Note uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Mirage doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Versa Note has 7.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirage Hatchback (94.1 vs. 86.2).

Cargo Capacity

The Versa Note has a much larger cargo volume than the Mirage Hatchback with its rear seat up (18.8 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The engine computer on the Versa Note SL disables the starter while the engine is running. The Mirage’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Mirage’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Versa Note SV/SR’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Versa Note has standard extendable sun visors. The Mirage doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Versa Note SL’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

With available voice command, the Versa Note offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Mirage doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages

The Versa Note will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Versa Note will retain 40.76% to 41.22% of its original price after five years, while the Mirage only retains 32.68% to 36.59%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Note is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Note than the Mirage, including $246 less for a water pump, $49 less for a muffler, $101 less for a starter, $30 less for front struts, $22 less for a timing belt/chain and $632 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Nissan Versa outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by over three to one during 2018.

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