The Mitsubishi Mirage is an awesome car. I wouldn't give it up for anything. I bought it with 34,000 miles on it and it now has 163,000 miles. It has been nothing but good for the past 5 years. I love this car.
In my opinion, the styling and handling are better than the Civic.
It needs a little bit more stock power from the base 1.5L engine, but is still a great engine,