2020 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2020 Chevrolet Spark

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Safety

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Both the Mirage and the Spark 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.

Warranty

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

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Spark’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Mirage has a standard 85-amp alternator. The Spark’s 80-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mitsubishi 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Mirage Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Spark:

MPG

Mirage Hatchback

Manual

1.2 DOHC 3-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

Auto

1.2 DOHC 3-cyl.

36 city/43 hwy

Spark

Manual

1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/38 hwy

ACTIV 1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

Auto

1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

ACTIV 1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/37 hwy

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirage Hatchback’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Spark (96.5 inches vs. 93.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mirage is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Spark.

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Spark’s (30.2 feet vs. 33.8 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Spark’s (31.5 feet vs. 33.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Spark.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Mirage Hatchback a Compact car, while the Spark is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Mirage has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Spark can only carry 4.

The Mirage Hatchback has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Spark (86.2 vs. 83).

Cargo Capacity

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The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Spark with its rear seat up (17.2 vs. 11.1 cubic feet). The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Spark with its rear seat folded (47 vs. 27.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 Spark doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mirage’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Spark LT/ACTIV.

The Mirage’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. The Spark LS doesn’t offer power locks.

FAST-Key standard on the Mirage SE/GT allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Spark’s available Passive Entry with Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 Spark doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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

The Mirage SE/GT’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Spark doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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

With standard voice command, the Mirage LE/SE/GT offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Spark doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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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 Spark is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Spark because typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Spark, including $33 less for a muffler, $23 less for front brake pads, $303 less for a fuel pump and $403 less for a timing belt/chain.

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The Mitsubishi Mirage outsold the Chevrolet Spark by 738 units during the 2019 model year.

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