What's New for 1998
Some new colors to choose from and a new heavy-duty starter and battery make the Mirage more reliable.
Do our eyes deceive us, or is there something different about this latest Mirage? Nope, just some new colors for 1998. But that's understandable, as the Mirage received a major overhaul just last year.
Available as a coupe or sedan, in DE and LS trim levels, the Mirage is now better-equipped to do battle with sales favorites like the Honda Civic and the Ford Escort.
The most noticeable changes of recent memory are to the interior, where Mitsubishi replaced all-vinyl seats with cloth and vinyl upholstery. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but anyone who has spent a summer stuck to the interior of their car will know that we are serious when we say that this is one of the most important improvements made to the Mirage.
As previously mentioned, the Mirage is available in two trims; the entry-level DE which has a 95 horsepower 1.5-liter engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic. The DE sedan has a front stabilizer bar that helps the car move nimbly between potholes and slow-moving traffic, and both the DE coupe and sedan have a four-wheel independent suspension. LS models, which are meant to appear to a more fashion conscious crowd, have a larger engine which displaces 1.8 liters and makes 113 horsepower. Other upgrades include alloy wheels, a chrome-tipped exhaust, tilt steering, a stereo with integrated CD controls and a covered center armrest.
We have always liked the Mirage, thinking it one of the better entry-level cars on the market today. The redesigned version hasn't diminished our thoughts about the car at all. The Mirage of our choice is the LS coupe equipped with ABS and the LS Value Package; with these options, the Mirage has almost every conceivable convenience, costs well under $15,000 and doesn't look like every other car parked at the mall.