2020 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Safety

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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 Sedan 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 168 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mirage was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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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

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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 35 points higher than the Mirage.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Sedan 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

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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 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average 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.

Chassis

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The Yaris is 7.9 inches shorter than the Mirage G4, making the Yaris easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Yaris Sedan 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

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

Servicing Ease

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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

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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 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 standard on 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 where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and 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

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Insurance will cost less for the Yaris owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Yaris will cost $500 to $2695 less than the Mirage over a five-year period.

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 50.54% to 51.36% of its original price after five years, while the Mirage only retains 33.2% to 34.19%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Yaris is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because it costs $77 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Yaris than the Mirage, including $227 less for a water pump, $181 less for a muffler, $45 less for front brake pads, $107 less for a starter, $65 less for fuel injection and $650 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Yaris will be $2531 to $3632 less than for the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Recommendations

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yaris first among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mirage isn’t in the top three.

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

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