ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
The introduction of the Lancer sounds a death knell for the Mirage sedan, but, strangely, the coupe version endures through the 2002 model year. The Mirage's front seats are supportive and roomy enough, but the rear seat is cramped. The 1.8-liter, 111-hp Four in the LS version delivers adequate acceleration; a 1.5-liter, 92-hp Four is standard in the base car. The Mirage handles securely and predictably, and it's quiet for a small car. The interior feels airy and spacious in the front, but the trunk is rather small. Poor insurance-industry crash-test results, no ABS availability, and high depreciation detract from the package.