Sub-Compact Comparison: Mitsubishi Mirage + Fiat 500
The subcompact car class is one of the smallest car classes available, and as smaller and more fuel efficient cars become more popular and desirable in the American market, it is also one of the fastest growing car classes.
Two of the newest available subcompact cars are the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage and the 2016 Fiat 500. Though both cars are in the same class, there are several standard features that sets both cars apart. Below is a quick comparison between a 2016 Fiat 500 Pop and a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE. While the Fiat 500 Pop is the most basic 500 trim, the Mirage SE is the mid-trim level, however, since the Mirage is still priced $1,000 less than the Pop, it is a fair comparison. Finally, the Mirage is a 2017 model year vehicle because the Mirage did not have a 2016 model year.
The Mitsubishi Mirage SE has a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine paired to an automatic continuously variable transmission. The 2017 Mirage produces a modest 78-horsepower. The 2016 Fiat 500 Pop is equipped with a slightly larger engine, a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that is capable of 100-horsepower. The Fiat 500 Pop comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, but drivers do have the option of adding on a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With small engines, both vehicles are very fuel efficient, but the Mirage’s smaller engine is more efficient on the highway and in the city. The Mirage has an average fuel economy of 37 MPG city and 43 MPG highway and the Fiat 500 Pop averages 30 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway.
Interior and Exterior
Despite the fact that the Mirage is more fuel efficient than the 500, it is also a larger car that has four doors and seats five people and the 500 Pop has 2 doors and seats four people. Both vehicles are available in a range of bright and fun colors.
Though the Mitsubishi Mirage SE is priced $1,000 below the 2016 Fiat 500 Pop, the Mirage features several standard technology and convenience features. The Mirage is fitted with a 6.5-inch display with Smartphone link, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4 speakers, a rearview camera and push-button start.
The 500 Pop is equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen display, 6 speakers and is available in more than 15 different colors. As a brand apart of Fiat Chrysler Automotive, the Fiat comes equipped with the FCA’s entertainment system UConnect 5.0.
Price and Warranty
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE is priced at $15,995 and the Fiat 500 Pop is priced at $16,995. All Mitsubishi vehicles are backed by an industry leading warranty that offers a basic limited warranty for five years or 60,000 miles and a powertrain warranty for 10 years or 100,00 miles. The Fiat is protected by a standard 3-year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.