The 2022 Hyundai Accent and the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage offer great warranty coverage despite being two of the least expensive new cars sold in America today. Here’s how they compare.
2022 Hyundai Accent
2022 Hyundai Accent Starting Price: $16,645 | Price yours or View listings near you
Above Average: Very affordable; great fuel economy; intuitive infotainment system; spacious cabin.
Below Average: Trunk is small; lackluster performance; no hatchback model.
Consensus: The 2022 Hyundai Accent is a very affordable subcompact sedan that’s easy on gas and backed by a long warranty.
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage Starting Price: $14,645 | Price yours or View listings near you
Above Average: Low price and running costs; hatchback is versatile; long warranty.
Below Average: Doesn’t earn top safety ratings; lacks dynamics; weak engine.
Consensus: The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the least expensive new cars on sale in the U.S. today, but it still includes modern essentials like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.
Accent vs. Mirage: Value for Money
The 2022 Hyundai Accent is a member of an increasingly rare population, namely that of the subcompact sedan. It’s a car without much pretense that gets by on humility, functionality, and value.
All versions of the 2022 Accent have a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine under their hood that generates 120 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. All Accents are also front-wheel drive, and all use a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The combination is highly efficient, scoring the Accent EPA gas mileage ratings of 36 mpg combined, 33 mpg city, and 41 mpg highway.
There are three versions of the 2022 Hyundai Accent, starting with the base Accent SE, followed by the SEL, and topped by the Accent Limited. The SE starts from $16,645 and includes standard equipment like cruise control and power windows. Upgrading to the SEL ($17,900) adds Apple CarPlay, a telescoping steering wheel, and more. The 2022 Hyundai Accent Limited starts from $19,600 and adds to the SEL’s spec sheet with features like automatic emergency braking, LED headlights, heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Inside the Accent, you’ll find a spacious cabin for the class, but an interior that’s only so-so in quality when compared to rivals like the Nissan Versa. If you’re going for good looks, upgrading to the higher trims brings larger alloy wheels and other visual enhancements.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage is an economical, very affordable subcompact available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The hatchback starts from $14,645, while the sedan, called the Mirage G4, starts from $15,645.
Both the hatchback and the G4 sedan use the same 1.2-liter inline 3-cylinder rated for 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. If those numbers sound small, that’s because they are. The Mirage is one of the least powerful new cars available. The engine is also prone to noise and vibration, especially when working hard. But all Mirages do come with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, plus a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Four trim lines are offered on the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage: ES, LE, BE, and SE. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on Mirage ES, but a CVT transmission can be added to ES and is standard on all other trims. The 2022 Mirage G4 scores 35 mpg combined with the 5-speed or 37 mpg combined with the CVT. Hatchback Mirages are slightly more efficient, scoring 37 mpg with the manual or 39 mpg with the CVT.
The base ES model includes a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, hill start assist, forward collision mitigation, and Bluetooth. The LE adds 15-inch alloy wheels, halogen fog lights, and a range of black-themed visual cues. The Mirage BE starts with all of the Mirage ES features and adds black 15-inch alloy wheels, halogen fog lights, black interior trim, a black roof spoiler and side mirror caps, red grille accents, red cloth door inserts, red stitching on the seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and more.
Price; seats; powertrain warranties.
Hyundai Accent Advantages
More powerful 4-cylinder engine; CVT is standard equipment; larger total cabin volume.
Mitsubishi Mirage Advantages
Lower starting price; standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; more rear-seat legroom.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2022 Hyundai Accent is a simple and honest car with great fuel economy and more technology and convenience features than you’d expect.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage is a frugal subcompact sedan or hatchback with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for one of the lowest prices of any new car in America.
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|2022 Hyundai Accent||2022 Mitsubishi Mirage|
|Engine||1.6-liter I4||1.2-liter I3|
|Horsepower||120 hp @ 6,300 rpm||78 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||113 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm||74 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||36 mpg (33 city/41 hwy)||39 mpg (33 city/46 hwy)|
|Also Available||n/a||5-spd manual|
|Basic Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||10 years/100,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||4 stars||4 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||101.6 inches||100.4 inches|
|Overall Length||172.6 inches||169.5 inches|
|Width||68.1 inches||65.7 inches|
|Height||57.1 inches||59.2 inches|
|Turning Diameter||33.5 feet||31.5 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.9 inches||38.9 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||37.3 inches||36.8 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.1 inches||41.7 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||33.5 inches||37.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||54.2 inches||51.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||53.7 inches||51.2 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||90.2 cubic feet||89.2 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||13.7 cubic feet||12.4 cubic feet|