The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage and Chevrolet Spark both put a friendly price on a fully loaded modern commute. And these hatchbacks keep your budget in the game with their impressive fuel economy and standard tech features. But how do you know which to choose? Read our comparison guide and get a closer look at these punchy hatchbacks.
Best Safety Lineup: 2019 Chevrolet Spark
In terms of safety gear, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage includes all of the features buyers have come to expect, which means air bags and traction and stability control. You also get a standard rearview camera; it’s a big help as you back into a parking space or out of an unfamiliar drive. However, Mitsubishi has yet to equip the Mirage with high-tech extras like blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning.
Coziest Cabin: 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
The Mirage is our pick for road-trip-readiness. Ride comfort is good, thanks to a super accommodating suspension. Seating is supportive, front and back, so spending a long trip in the Mirage is no problem. We’re also big fans of the optional seat heaters, which are quick to blow off the winter chill.
In the Spark, you’ll enjoy lots of headroom, thanks to the high roofline. However, rear legroom is a bit tight, so the backseat might not be the best place to spend a road trip. The cabin can also get a little noisy, especially on the highway, where wind and road noise is at an all-time high.
H2: Most Maneuverable: 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
The Mirage’s tight turning circle is exactly what you need in a tight spot. Whether you’re navigating narrow city streets or a dark parking garage, the Mirage is all about precision. We’re also big fans of the Mirage’s nimble handling; it’s on your side if you do a lot of around-town travel.
The Spark is also pretty agile. This hatchback is relatively quick to respond to driver input, so it’s also a prime pick for city driving. But, though the Sonic powertrain is thrifty, it’s not very quick. You’d have to merge onto highways carefully.
Best Fuel Economy: 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
In the end, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is our first choice for city-friendly hatchback cruising. It’s both nimble and fuel-efficient, making it a great daily driver. Inside, you’ll find cozy comfort and even upscale options like heated seats. We think you’ll agree that it’s the right choice.