After going away for a while, Mitsubishi reintroduced the Mirage in 2012. Since then, it has sold well above expectations. To see what has drawn so many buyers to this subcompact car, we'll compare it to the 2018 Nissan Versa. In this comparison guide, we'll look for a winner and show you where the Mirage really shines.
Styling: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
For better or worse, the Mitsubishi Mirage is not cute like many other cars in this class. It has a square-jaw bumper in front and a wide hatchback in the rear. That gives it a macho air in a segment overwhelmed by bubble cars. In other words, the look is mature. If you want to amp up the look, check out the color options on the Mirage. Popping-orange Infrared or the purplish Wine Red are especially eye-catching.
By comparison, the Nissan Versa looks quite ordinary. Nothing stands out. Except for its anvil-shaped grille spruced up with chrome, there's little one can say about it. It's bigger than most subcompacts, but in a way that just makes it feel like a smaller Sentra or Altima.
Warranty: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
It's worth visiting this oft-overlooked feature. A warranty protects you from a car breakdown or the failure of any of systems. The Mirage comes with a five-year/60,000-mile new-vehicle warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. That is easily one of the longest warranties among small cars.
The Nissan Versa, on the other hand, has an average warranty, despite having exactly the same reliability rating from JD Power and Associates. It's a little more than half the length of the Mitsubishi warranty, or a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The Mirage's warranty can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.
Fuel Economy: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in two transmissions: automatic or manual. The automatic transmission gets the best gas mileage-37 city miles and 43 highway miles per gallon. Manual fares a little worse, usually only by 1 or 2 mpg. Still, those are some of the best numbers in the crowded subcompact class.
By comparison, the Nissan Versa has decent but inferior gas mileage. With the continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Versa has the best fuel economy, at 31 city and 39 highway miles per gallon. Like in the Mirage, a manual Versa is thirstier but here it's down by a whopping 3 or 4 mpg. The Versa might be the more powerful car, but it comes at a price.
The Nissan Versa has many outstanding qualities, but if you're looking for the peace of mind that comes with a great warranty, nigh-unbeatable gas mileage, and serious styling, consider the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage.