North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Mirage doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Mirage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta 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 available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

148

362

Neck Injury Risk

25%

40%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

435 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

68 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

291

307

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

204 lbs.

Neck Compression

118 lbs.

203 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mitsubishi Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

168

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

252 G’s

Hip Force

413 lbs.

519 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

900 lbs.

959 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

Hip Force

717 lbs.

970 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Mirage’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are almost 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (120 vs. 78) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (123 vs. 78) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 74) than the Mirage’s 1.2 DOHC 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fiesta has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mirage (12.4 vs. 9.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Mirage doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fiesta’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

7.9 inches

7 inches

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Mirage:

 

Fiesta

Mirage

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta has larger standard tires than the Mirage (185/60R15 vs. 165/65R14). The Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (195/50R16 vs. 175/55R15).

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirage’s standard 65 series tires. The Fiesta’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Mirage GT/G4 SE’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fiesta has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage. The Fiesta’s optional 16-inch wheels are larger than the 15-inch wheels on the Mirage GT/G4 SE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta 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.

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Mirage doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fiesta’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Mirage Hatchback (98 inches vs. 96.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fiesta is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback handles at .81 G’s, while the Mirage ES Hatchback pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear hip room than the Mirage G4.

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Mirage Hatchback.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has a larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (12.8 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Fiesta 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 Fiesta 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 power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Mirage have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mirage prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Mirage doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Mirage’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Fiesta’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Fiesta SE/Titanium 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 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Fiesta’s available outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Fiesta’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Mirage’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

With standard voice command, the Fiesta 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.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fiesta, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Mirage.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Mirage because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Mirage, including $255 less for a water pump, $70 less for front brake pads, $394 less for a starter, $183 less for front struts, $241 less for a timing belt/chain and $704 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third 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 Ford Fiesta outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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