Subcompact Comparison: Mitsubishi Mirage and Fiat 500

August 25th, 2016 by

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2016 Fiat 500 ComparisonFuel economy has recently become a big deciding factor when car shopping, whether it’s for travel or for the commute to work, we all want to know how many miles we’re getting to the gallon. Gas guzzlers aren’t fun, and a few years ago when the price of gas was nearly $5 per gallon, it was pricey to get around. Today, gas prices are down, but small cars that are fuel-efficient are in high demand.

Subcompact cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Fiat 500 are two good examples. They’re small, easy to drive, and both offer a fuel economy over 30 MPG. But what makes each so special? Check out this comparison between the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT and the 2016 Fiat 500 Sport.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage stands out because of its size, affordability, and because its fuel efficiency is off the charts. Every car has a gasoline price tag and that’s why the Mirage is a favorite – it’s not only inexpensive to own but also to operate. The Mirage GT is also well-equipped and hasn’t traded features for fuel economy or price. The MSRP for the Mitsubishi Mirage GT starts at $16,495.

2016 Fiat 500 Sport

The Fiat 500 Sport surprised a lot of drivers when it first came out. It has a fun design inside and out that makes one question the low price tag. Available in many colors, it’s hard miss on the roads, but does it offer what customers want in a car? The MSRP for the Fiat 500 Sport starts at $17,900.

Engine

Under the hood of the Mitsubishi Mirage GT is a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC 12-valve Inline 3-cylinder engine. Yowza that’s a lot of acronyms. To put it simply, “MIVEC” is a variation of VVT by Mirage that helps to improve performance and fuel economy; “DOHC” does the same thing. It doesn’t put out a lot of wasted power, sitting at 78-horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque, and that definitely helps its fuel economy. The Mirage GT gets 37 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway.

Powering the Fiat 500 Sport is a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder engine. Just like Mitsubishi, Fiat has their own take on VVT systems, and they have turbo for the same reasons. Most cars out there have some kind of system integrated into their engine for power and fuel efficiency. The engine puts out 101-horsepower that gives it a lower fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Interior and Exterior Features

As compact sedans, their petite size isn’t for everyone, but its size gives it a couple advantages. First is increased fuel economy and second, parking in downtown Fort Lauderdale or Miami is so much easier with a small car.  However, the Mitsubishi Mirage GT has one big advantage over the Fiat 500 — the Mirage is a 5 passenger vehicle and the Fiat 500 only has seating for four people.

TechnologyBoth of these vehicles have a nice collection of technology, modern and time-tested standards. Some of the features listed here are purely luxury and unnecessary, but depending on what the driver wishes or what they intend to use the car for, they may be warranted.SafetyMany safety features have become a standard in the auto industry today. Systems such as hill start assist, stability control, and LATCH ready capability are all popping up in newer models. From what we can see, both vehicles have much of the same features.The Mirage GT has advanced dual-stage airbags with driver’s knee airbag, tire pressure monitor, anti-lock braking system, three-point seatbelts, child safety locks, anti-theft engine immobilizer, security alarm, and RISE body construction – Mitsubishi’s signature car body construction, (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution), designed and built to absorb the energy of a collision to greater protect the passengers inside.The Fiat 500 Sport is equipped with advanced multistage airbags with driver’s knee airbag and supplemental side airbags in the front, front seat reactive head restraints, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitor, and security alarm.WarrantyFor awhile now, Mitsubishi has held the record for best warranties in the market, and this is still true today. The Mitsubishi Mirage GT is backed by a basic limited warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, anti corrosion for 7 years or 100,000 miles, and roadside assistance.The Fiat 500 Sport is backed by a basic limited warranty  and a powertrain limited warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles and roadside assistance for 4 years.Photo Source/Copyright: MitsubishiMotors.com and Fiat.com

Feature Mirage GT 500 Sport
Interior
Seating Capacity 5 4
Adjustment 6-way driver Height only
Heated front seats Yes
Split fold rear seat Yes Yes
Auto Temp Control Yes
Rear heater Yes
Leather trim Steering wheel, Shift knob Steering wheel, Chrome shift knob
Rear Cargo Shelf Yes Yes
Rearview Mirror with Microphone Yes
Steering wheel mounted audio controls Yes Yes
Exterior
Lighting Bi-xenon HID headlights Bi-Function Halogen
Rear window Defroster and wiper Defroster and wiper
Exterior mirrors Turn Signals Heated
Rims/Wheels 15” two-tone alloy 16” aluminum
Feature Mirage GT 500 Sport
Touchscreen 6.5” with Apple Carplay and Android Auto 5.0”
Sound System 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/Mp3 & USB 6-speaker FIAT Premium Audio with USB & AUX
GPS Yes
Bluetooth hands-free Yes Yes
Passive Entry FAST-Key passive entry and push button start Remote Keyless Entry