2015 Toyota Yaris vs. Mitsubishi Mirage

Posted Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 by nhtwpprod

If you are in the market for a new-to-you vehicle, this is the time to shop the ginormous selection at new and used car dealers in Los Angeles. While people are often leery of purchasing used cars, there are benefits to buying a certified used vehicle just after the newest model year is introduced. You can get a 2015 vehicle that is priced much lower than new, and it will have been thoroughly inspected and repaired before you buy it. Many used cars still come with a great warranty and service plan too. So, if you’re looking at a used five-door hatchback this holiday season, you may be contemplating either the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage or the 2015 Toyota Yaris.

Let’s take a look at these two vehicles side by side and see which one would be the best option.

Not the Original Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t exactly outstanding within the adapted larger minicar class. It has been adapted from an Asian model popular in less affluent countries. This car offers a bland shape and design that is definitely more functional than fun. Despite the size, the Mitsubishi Mirage will carry four adults. They may not fit comfortably, but they will fit. The Mirage is a great commuter vehicle, but not great for carpooling. If your idea of a comfortable ride to work includes you and one passenger, a cup of coffee and a box of doughnuts between you, it may work.

Toyota Quality

Although the 2015 Toyota Yaris is not a standout vehicle, it is the smallest and lowest priced model by Toyota. Being a Toyota, the Yaris does have higher quality materials and seems a bit sturdier than the Mirage. When it comes to space, there is a bit more headroom in the Yaris, but leg space and the back seat are comparable to the Mirage … small.

How Do They Compare?

If you are looking for a fast-off-the-block car and a powerful powertrain, neither of these cars is what you want, but if you are looking for fuel economy, reliability, and easy handling, then these are the commuter cars for you. The Mitsubishi Mirage offers a continuously variable transmission and the highest gas mileage for a non-hybrid U.S. vehicle, but that’s about all it has to offer. The Yaris gives you one of the only 4-speed automatics still available. The suspension upgrade given to the 2015 Yaris gives it better handling and fewer bumps. Thanks to the Toyota safety and suspension inclusions, the Yaris is the clear winner in the power, handling, and safety sectors.

In short, neither of these vehicles is at the top of the segment, but the Yaris edges in front of the Mirage based on more standard equipment, and reliable Toyota design and engine, as well as the optional equipment and features offered. The 2015 Toyota Yaris is the winner in this competition for used 5-door hatchback cars. Used car dealers in Los Angeles should have plenty to choose from, now that the new model year has been introduced. Why not test drive both of these small cars and see which one fits your needs? While not huge family cars, they are ideal for a couple or individual, as commuter cars, or “grocery getters.”