Front Rotors

10 inches

9 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches

7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Versa has larger standard tires than the Mirage (195/65R15 vs. 165/65R14). The Versa SV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mirage (205/55R16 vs. 175/55R15).

The Versa SR’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Versa S has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Mirage. The Versa SR’s 17-inch wheels are larger than the 15-inch wheels on the Mirage GT/LE/G4 SE.

The Versa has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Mirage doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Versa has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirage’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Versa has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Mirage G4 (103.1 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Versa is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mirage.

Passenger Space

The Versa has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirage G4.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa has a much larger trunk than the Mirage G4 (14.7 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).


To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Versa has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Mirage doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Versa has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Mirage has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the GT.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Versa detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Mirage doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Versa has standard extendable sun visors. The Mirage doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Versa SV/SR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mirage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Versa’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Mirage’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Versa SR offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Mirage doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the Versa offers the driver hands free control of the radio by simply speaking. The Mirage doesn’t offer a voice control system.


The Nissan Versa outsold the Mitsubishi Mirage by over three to one during 2018.

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