2018 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. Its Competition

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The closest competitor in size to the Mitsubishi Mirage is the Chevrolet Spark, redesigned for 2016 and a better vehicle in virtually every way.

The Spark’s styling, features, and modern infotainment all contrast favorably with those of the Mirage.

It’s less fuel-efficient and a bit more expensive, but we’d take it over the Mirage without hesitation.

The Fiat 500, unlike the Spark, is a three-door hatchback.

While it’s still stylish, it’s really only usable by two adults and its interior, features, and powertrains are now old and far behind the curve.

The Smart Fortwo might have been an inexpensive competitor for buyers who only need two seats, but this year, it’s only available as an electric car—no gasoline powertrain at all—which boosts its price considerably.

Finally, the Hyundai Accent and Nissan Versa are subcompacts, larger than the Mirage but either nicer (the Accent) or far larger inside (the Versa) for little more money.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most minimal four-seat car you can buy; with small cars lagging in sales, you can do better for little more money.
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a better minicar than competitors, but a larger subcompact or compact simply offers more—at a price that’s likely close.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent clouds the new-or-used question, but only in well-equipped Limited trim.
The Nissan Versa is affordable transportation that has an appealing price—especially for students. It’s not quick but it is spacious, especially in hatchback form.
The 2018 Smart ForTwo, now sold only as an electric vehicle, remains the easiest car in the U.S. to park on crowded streets—and low battery range will keep it mostly urban anyway.
The 2018 Fiat 500 packs more punch this year, but it’s still a statement of style over some substance.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
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Regular Unleaded I-3Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4ElectricIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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