Car buyers looking for an affordable, entry-level new car have a variety of options today. For less than $20,000, there are a number of small car options, including the Honda Fit and Mitsubishi Mirage. While these two cars compete in the same category -- the subcompact class -- they differ in more ways than they are alike. Let's take a close look at these two small car options to see which offers greater value, versatility and features.
When it comes to price alone, the Mitsubishi Mirage is more affordable than the Fit. The Mirage features a starting price of about $3,000 less than the Fit, but misses out on many of the Fit's standard amenities. For instance, the Fit's standard rearview camera, keyless entry and cruise control are not offered on the Mirage base model. Even when you upgrade the Mirage, about as high-tech as it gets is a rearview camera, which is again, standard on the Fit. In comparison, Honda's Fit can be had in more trim levels and variations which can include optional features like a large touchscreen display, Honda LaneWatch and navigation. The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies are offered on the Fit, too. If you are looking for the lowest price regardless of features on your new car, you may want to consider the Mirage; however, if you want more value and amenities for slightly more money, the Honda Fit is a better choice.
Both the Honda Fit and Mitsubishi Mirage feature hatchback designs which afford drivers with a more versatile cabin than with that of a sedan of similar dimensions. Even so, the Mirage leave a bit to be desired when it comes to cargo capacity when compared with Honda's impressive Fit hatchback. Every new Honda Fit comes standard with what Honda calls its Magic Seat. This highly configurable second row of 60/40 split-folding seats makes the Fit the cargo-hauling machine that it is! When placed in tall cargo mode, both or either of the rear seat cushions can fold upward and locked into place, delivering space for tall items to be placed on the floor. Honda Fit drivers even get a dedicated storage compartment under the driver's side rear seat cushion! In comparison, the Mitsubishi Mirage features about six cubic feet less cargo space than that of the Fit, and does not include a highly versatile rear bench seat like the Fit's Magic Seat.
If you are intrigued by the Honda Fit's features and versatility, then you can get behind the wheel and drive one at DCH Paramus Honda, serving Clifton, Paterson and beyond in Paramus, NJ. Before visiting our full-service Honda dealership for a test drive, consider applying for auto financing to get one step closer to driving home in your new car!