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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Versa SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Mirage doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Versa has standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, 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.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Versa has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Mirage doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Nissan Versa SR 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 Versa’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Mirage doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Versa SV/SR’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Mirage doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Versa SV/SR’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Mirage doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Versa SV/SR’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 Versa 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 Nissan Versa weighs 405 to 711 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 Versa’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’s warranty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Versa has a standard 120-amp alternator. The Mirage’s 85-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 15th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.
The Versa’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (122 vs. 78) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (114 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.
The Versa has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (10.8 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Versa’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Mirage:
For better traction, the Versa has larger standard tires than the Mirage (195/65R15 vs. 165/65R14). The Versa SV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (205/55R16 vs. 175/55R15).
The Versa SR’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 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 Versa S has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage. The Versa SR’s 17-inch wheels are larger than the 15-inch wheels on the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE.
The Versa has a standard 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.
The Versa has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirage’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Versa 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’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Mirage G4 (103.1 inches vs. 100.4 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Versa is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.
The Versa has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirage G4.
The Versa has a much larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (14.7 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Versa 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 Versa 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 Versa detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Mirage doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Versa has standard extendable sun visors. The Mirage doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Versa SV/SR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.
The Versa’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Mirage’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Versa SR offers an optional Intelligent 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 Versa offers the driver hands free control of the radio by simply speaking. The Mirage doesn’t offer a voice control system.
The Nissan Versa outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by over three to one during 2018.
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