2019 Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corolla has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mirage doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Corolla has standard Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Mirage doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Toyota Corolla has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Mirage doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Corolla’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Mirage doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Corolla’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Mirage doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Corolla and the Mirage 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 and rearview cameras.

The Toyota Corolla weighs 646 to 867 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Mirage. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Corolla is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Corolla

Mirage

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

212

362

Neck Injury Risk

26%

40%

Neck Stress

362 lbs.

435 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

68 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

158

307

Neck Injury Risk

41%

43%

Neck Stress

120 lbs.

204 lbs.

Neck Compression

78 lbs.

203 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Corolla is safer than the Mirage Hatchback:

 

Corolla

Mirage

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.54/.67

1.87/.8

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 Toyota Corolla is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Corolla

Mirage

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

154

168

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

106 G’s

252 G’s

Hip Force

412 lbs.

519 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

70 G’s

79 G’s

Hip Force

765 lbs.

959 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

868 lbs.

970 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Corolla the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mirage was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mirage.

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

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla’s reliability 19 points higher than the Mirage.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corolla first among compact 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 Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Corolla’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 54 more horsepower (132 vs. 78) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (128 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl. The Corolla LE Eco’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (140 vs. 78) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (126 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Corolla (base engine) is faster than the Mitsubishi Mirage (automatics tested):

 

Corolla

Mirage

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.9 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

75 MPH

Top Speed

111 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Corolla has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (13.2 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A six-speed manual is standard on the Toyota Corolla 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. SE, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a five-speed manual is available for the Mirage.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Corolla

Mirage

Front Rotors

10.8 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

9 inches

7 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

The Corolla SE/XSE has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Mirage. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Corolla stops shorter than the Mirage:

 

Corolla

Mirage

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corolla has larger standard tires than the Mirage (195/65R15 vs. 165/65R14). The Corolla SE/XSE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (215/45R17 vs. 175/55R15).

The Corolla SE/XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corolla L/LE Eco has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage. The Corolla SE/XSE’s 17-inch wheels are larger than the 15-inch wheels on the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE.

The Toyota Corolla’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mitsubishi Mirage only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corolla’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Mirage G4 (106.3 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corolla is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Corolla a Mid-size car, while the Mirage G4 is rated a Compact.

The Corolla has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirage G4 (97.5 vs. 89.5).

The Corolla has .6 inches more front legroom, 4.2 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirage G4.

Cargo Capacity

The Corolla has a larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (13 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Corolla has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Mirage doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Corolla has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Mirage doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Mirage’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Corolla’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when the transmission is engaged. 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.)

The Corolla 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 Mirage has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the GT.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Corolla detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Mirage doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Corolla LE/XLE/SE/XSE’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Corolla has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Mirage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the Corolla 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.

Model Availability

The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t available as a four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

The Corolla will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Corolla will retain 50.79% to 52.37% 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 Corolla is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because it costs $63 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla than the Mirage, including $175 less for a water pump, $10 less for a muffler, $29 less for front brake pads, $81 less for a starter, $38 less for front struts and $678 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Corolla as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by over twelve to one during 2018.

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