2019 Nissan Versa Sedan vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Versa Sedan has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mirage doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Versa Sedan 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Versa Sedan

Mirage

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

311

362

Neck Injury Risk

28%

40%

Neck Stress

418 lbs.

435 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Versa Sedan

Mirage

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

584 lbs.

970 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Versa Sedan’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 Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Versa Sedan 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 Sedan’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.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Versa Sedan is faster than the Mitsubishi Mirage (automatics tested):

 

Versa Sedan

Mirage

Zero to 60 MPH

9.8 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

10.2 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81 MPH

75 MPH

Top Speed

112 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Versa

Mirage

Front Rotors

10 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches

7 inches

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Mirage:

 

Versa

Mirage

 

70 to 0 MPH

179 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Versa Sedan has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage.

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

The Versa Sedan 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 Sedan’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Mirage G4 (102.4 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

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

Passenger Space

The Versa Sedan has .7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirage G4 (90.2 vs. 89.5).

The Versa Sedan has .7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirage G4.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (14.9 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The engine computer on the Versa Sedan 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 Sedan SV’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 Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The Mirage doesn’t offer extendable visors.

With standard voice command, the Versa Sedan SL 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 Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Versa Sedan will retain 37.96% to 42.35% 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 Sedan 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 Sedan 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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