Mitsubishi Mirage vs Kia Rio


Safety

Both the Mirage and the Rio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

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 Kia Rio:

 

Mirage

Rio

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

68 lbs.

75 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

291/454 lbs.

572/327 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

307

427

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

46%

Leg Forces (l/r)

297/155 lbs.

560/81 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 Kia Rio:

 

Mirage

Rio

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

168

307

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

252 G's

327 G's

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

275

324

Spine Acceleration

79 G's

85 G's

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

178

286

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

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback is safer than the Rio:

 

Mirage

Rio

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Shoulder Movement

30 mm

46 mm

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

98

135

Shoulder Movement

36 mm

39 mm

Warranty

The Mirage's corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rio's (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Mirage

Rio

 

 

Hatchback/Manual

33 city/41 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

 

 

G4/Manual

33 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

 

Hatchback/Auto

37 city/43 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

 

 

G4/Auto

35 city/42 hwy

n/a

 

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

 

 

Mirage

Rio

 

 

Manual

33 city/41 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

4 cyl.

 

3 cyl./Manual

33 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

 

Auto

37 city/43 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

4 cyl.

 

Auto

35 city/42 hwy

n/a

 

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mitsubishi Mirage higher (7 out of 10) than the Kia Rio (6). This means the Mirage produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Rio every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Mirage offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no "steps" between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Rio doesn't offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don't press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Mirage has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Rio doesn't offer a brake assist feature.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback's turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Rio LX/EX's (30.2 feet vs. 33.5 feet). The Mirage G4's turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Rio SX's (31.5 feet vs. 34.5 feet).

Chassis

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Kia Rio.

The Mirage is shorter than the Rio, making the Mirage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Mirage

Rio

Sedan

169.5 inches

172 inches

Hatchback

149.4 inches

159.4 inches

Cargo Capacity

The Mirage Hatchback has a much larger trunk than the Rio 5-Door Hatchback with its rear seat up (17.2 vs. 15 cubic feet).

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. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Rio Sedan's useful trunk space.

Ergonomics

The Mirage CVT offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Rio doesn't offer a remote starting system.

The Mirage's standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Rio.

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 Rio.

The Mirage G4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Rio doesn't offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Mirage SE/GT's standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Rio doesn't offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Mirage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mirage will cost $1080 to $1605 less than the Rio over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Rio because it costs $162 less to do the manufacturer's suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Rio, including $228 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Mirage will be $2570 to $4464 less than for the Kia Rio.

Hours

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