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The Mitsubishi Mirage and the Nissan Versa are two of the more popular choices in South Florida for cars. Each model has its own unique set of features and performance capabilities, which we’ll review in this comparison guide. While the Nissan Versa has a more powerful engine, the Mitsubishi Mirage is the better pick for affordability and fuel efficiency. Read on below to learn more about each of these models and schedule a visit to our dealership in Bonita Springs to see the difference in person.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is available either as the Mirage five-door hatchback or the Mirage G4 four-door sedan. Both the hatchback and the sedan offer four trim levels: the Mirage ES, LE, Carbonite Edition, and SE. The car’s ES version offers both a five-speed manual and a continuously variable front-wheel drive transmission; the LE, Carbonite, and SE are available just with continuously variable front-wheel drive. The cars are powered by a 1.2-liter, 3-cylinder DOHC engine.
The Nissan Versa is a compact sedan available in three trims: the S, SV, and SR. The S comes with both five-speed manual transmission and continuously variable automatic transmission; the SV and SR only offer the continuously variable transmission. The cars have a standard 1.6-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder DOHC engine, and all offer front-wheel drive.
The Mitsubishi Mirage offers exceptional value even before factoring in the money you will save on gas. The entry-level Mirage ES with the five-speed manual transmission starts at $14,295. The Mirage SE with the continuously variable automatic transmission is, at the high end, just $17,445.
The sportier Mirage G4 starts at $15,295 for the Mirage G4 ES with a five-speed manual transmission. The top-end Mirage G4 SE with the continuously variable automatic transmission has an MSRP of $18,195.
By contrast, the base-level Nissan Versa starts with an MSRP of $14,980. The top-end Versa SR sells for a starting price of $18,390.
The Mitsubishi Mirage sedan and hatchback are among the most fuel-efficient cars in America, based on testing and estimates from the EPA. The Mirage sedan with an automatic transmission produces an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in city driving and 43 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 39 mpg.* The G4 automatic transmission gets 35 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, for a combined city/highway rating of 37 mpg.*
The Nissan Versa also offers comparable efficiency, but not quite on the level of the Mirage. The entry-level Versa ES with five-speed manual transmission gets 27 mpg in city driving, 35 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined. The higher-end Versa SR gets 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 35 mpg.
The Mirage and Mirage G4 were redesigned for the 2021 model year. Among the new features is a standard 7-inch diagonal infotainment display screen that will enable you to link the capabilities of your smartphone to your car. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car also offers newly redesigned armrests and new, softer fabric internally, including in and around high-touch areas of the car.
The Nissan Versa comfortably seats five passengers. The car also offers a 7-inch diagonal infotainment touch screen that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nissan boasts of a “space-age” design within its interior, including the instrument panel, that gives a premium feel to the cabin.
On the interior of the Mitsubishi Mirage, you’ll get ample headroom of about 39 inches, along with front legroom of about 42 inches. As the Mirage is a compact car, it’s not for luggage-intensive trips: With the rear seats up, the car offers 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
The interior of the Nissan Versa offers roughly the same amount of headroom at about 40 inches. Rear headroom is slightly less at 36 inches. The Versa’s cargo capacity is a little less than the Mirage’s, with about 15 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down.
The newest Mirage and Mirage G4 vehicles have been integrated with some of Mitsubishi’s latest safety technologies. These include forward-collision mitigation that senses when pedestrians are near. The SE trim adds on lane-departure warnings and automatic high-beam systems.
Mitsubishi added the Carbonite Edition in 2021 to offer a model with a sense of sportiness and style. This is illustrated via features such as carbon-pattern surfaces on the exterior with red accents, as well as space-age colors. Your color choices will be model-specific: infrared metallic and sand yellow are offered in the Mirage only; starlight silver metallic is offered in the G4 only; and mystic black metallic, white diamond, and wine red metallic are available in both vehicles.
The 2021 Versa’s convenience features include front and rear power windows with one-touch capability for drivers, dual-front cup holders, cruise control, illuminated steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control, and remote keyless entry with fobs. Safety features include rear-door alert, rear automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist.
Explore the many benefits of the Mitsubishi Mirage sedan and hatchback, as well as other Mitsubishi models, at Bonita Springs Mitsubishi. We are a full-service dealership serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Immokalee, and other areas across southwest Florida. Our sales team can help you choose the right new Mitsubishi car, crossover, or SUV from the current model year. Our used and pre-owned inventory includes all the major car brands, including Audi, Acura, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Volkswagen, and others. We also have an extensive selection of used cars priced under $10,000. Bonita Springs Mitsubishi provides priority access to Mitsubishi programs and brand announcements, model features, and exclusive offers related to Mitsubishi cars and SUVs. We’re here to support your needs for reliable vehicles at prices you can afford. Call or contact us online today!
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