Smaller is better, sometimes. Take the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage versus the compact Hyundai Elantra. Simply due to size, the Mirage has several distinct advantages over its larger rival. If you're a commuter who doesn't need an expansive back seat or trunk, you might want to pay attention. This comparison guide will show how the Mirage excels the Elantra.
Fuel Economy: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
This should come as no surprise to a savvy consumer, but a lighter car requires less power and, therefore, less gas to move. That's why the Mitsubishi Mirage is playing with a home court advantage since it weighs a third less than the Elantra. Accordingly, it gets a great 37 city miles and 43 highway miles. Those numbers are some of the best in a class already known as a gas-sipper.
The heavier Hyundai Elantra doesn't do as well, getting 28 city miles and 37 highway milesper gallon. Even the fuel-friendly Elantra Eco doesn't get to the Mirage's numbers, getting just 32 city and 40 highway miles. Truly, one of the advantages of driving a smaller car is the unbeatable gas mileage.
Price: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
It makes sense that the Mirage has a lower price point than some of its rivals. Fewer parts and less metal means lower starting cost. But you might be surprised how good the Mirage gets. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage starts at just $14,260. Adding an automatic transmission adds just $1,200 to that sticker price. Even the fully-equipped Mirage G4 SE with every box checked is less than $19,000.
Compare that to the Hyundai Elantra, which starts at $18,000. Yes, that's right. The base Elantra is just slightly lower than the best Mirage. The Elantra gets pricier from there, topping off at over $27,300. That's not a heart-stopping price, but it's plenty more than the top-tier Mirage.
Standard Tech: Tie
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is rare among subcompact cars, because it boasts both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You get maps, music, and texts from your phone on the Mirage's 6.5-inch touch screen display. The Mirage comes with other standard features, like keyless entry with alarm, USB port, and 4-speaker touch-screen audio system with rearview camera.
The 2018 Elantra's touchscreen display is only slightly bigger, at 7 inches from corner to corner. Other standard features include the basics, like air conditioning, power windows and door locks, 6-way driver's seat with height adjustment, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and AM/FM/CD audio with USB and auxiliary jacks. There's nothing here that stands out, so we're calling this one a tie.
If you're a commuter looking to save some money at the dealership and the pump, the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage has what you want and without leaving you wanting more. Before you opt for a more expensive compact vehicle, make sure you give the Mirage a chance. You'll be surprised at just how much quality and impressive features you'll get for much less.