Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Mitsubishi MIRAGE VS 2016 Dodge Dart Near Washington, NC

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2017 Mitsubishi MIRAGE

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2017 Mitsubishi MIRAGE

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2016 Dodge Dart

Safety Comparison

The Mirage offers optional Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Mirage Hatchback, in front of the vehicle. The Dart doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Mirage and the Dart 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

 

Mirage

Dart

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

453/340 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 Mitsubishi Mirage is safer than the Dodge Dart:

 

Mirage

Dart

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

275

381

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

178

195

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

Warranty Comparison

The Mirage comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Dart’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Mirage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Dart. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Dart ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Mirage’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and 40,000 miles longer than the Dart’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mirage G4 gets better fuel mileage than the Dart:

 

 

Mirage

Dart

 

 

1.2 3 cyl./Manual

33 city/40 hwy

28 city/41 hwy

Aero/Manual

 

 

n/a

25 city/36 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/35 hwy

SXT/Limited/Manual

 

 

n/a

23 city/33 hwy

GT/Manual

 

1.2 3 cyl./Auto

35 city/42 hwy

28 city/40 hwy

Aero/Auto

 

 

n/a

24 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/35 hwy

SXT/Limited/Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/31 hwy

GT/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Mirage Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Dart Aero:

 

 

Mirage

Dart

 

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

28 city/41 hwy

 

 

Auto

37 city/43 hwy

28 city/40 hwy

 

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Mirage uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Dart Aero requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Mirage stops shorter than the Dart:

 

Mirage

Dart

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

189 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Mirage G4’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the Dart GT’s (31.5 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1050 pounds less than the Dodge Dart.

The Mirage G4 is 1 foot, 2.4 inches shorter than the Dart, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Mirage is 6.3 inches narrower on average than the Dart, making the Mirage easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Mitsubishi Mirage amounts to more than styling. The Mirage has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Dart (.285) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mirage get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mirage G4 has .5 inches more front headroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Dart.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Mirage’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Dart’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Mirage’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Dart SE/Aero’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mirage’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Dart.

The Mirage has standard power remote mirrors. The Dart only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Optional smartphone integration for the Mirage allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Dart doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Mirage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mirage will cost $255 to $900 less than the Dart over a five-year period.

The Mirage will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Mirage will retain 44.12% to 44.27% of its original price after five years, while the Dart only retains 35.96% to 42.49%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Dart because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Dart, including $76 less for an alternator, $441 less for a fuel pump and $169 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Mirage will be $7302 to $10130 less than for the Dodge Dart.

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