2019 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Yaris has standard Low-Speed 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 Yaris 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.

Both the Yaris 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.

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 Yaris is safer than the Mirage Hatchback:

 

Yaris

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

Femur Force R/L

.8/.3 kN

4.9/1.8 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.45/.39

1.87/.8

Tibia forces R/L

.45/.39 kN

4.2/1.8 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Yaris the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mirage was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yaris 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 Yaris’ 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 Yaris’ reliability 15 points higher than the Mirage.

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 Yaris’ 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (106 vs. 78) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (103 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Yaris has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (11.6 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A six-speed manual is standard on the Toyota Yaris, 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.

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Yaris has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift, based on a value pre-entered by the driver. The Mirage doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Yaris

Mirage

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

7.9 inches

7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Yaris has larger tires than the Mirage (185/60R16 vs. 165/65R14). The Yaris LE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (185/60R16 vs. 175/55R15).

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yaris’ wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Mirage Hatchback (101.2 inches vs. 96.5 inches). The Yaris’ wheelbase is .8 inches longer than on the Mirage G4 (101.2 feet vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Yaris is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

Passenger Space

The Yaris has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room and 1.3 inches more rear hip room than the Mirage G4.

Cargo Capacity

The Yaris has a much larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (13.5 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Yaris 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

The engine computer on the Yaris automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and 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.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Yaris 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 standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Yaris’ 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.)

The Yaris XLE’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Mirage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

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

The Yaris’ power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Mirage’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

With standard voice command, the Yaris 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 Yaris will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Yaris will retain 43.71% to 44.31% 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 Yaris is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because it costs $76 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Yaris than the Mirage, including $219 less for a water pump, $173 less for a muffler, $43 less for front brake pads, $100 less for a starter, $62 less for fuel injection and $643 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Yaris, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Yaris outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by 12% during 2018.

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