The 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage provides a zippy little car with great gas mileage. Reliability, performance, and minimal maintenance make it a good choice for buyers, but it falls short of the mark set by class leaders such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The 2001 Mirage has a lot going for it: an attractive design, a quiet interior, good road performance, and comfortable seats. Four models include the DE Coupe, LS Coupe, ES Sedan, and LS Sedan.
Overall, the Mirage makes an excellent commuter car, with more than enough space for a few adults and their gear. Low maintenance requirements, a reasonable price point, and a fun-to-drive demeanor make it an attractive, if slightly sub-par, alternative to what Honda and Toyota offer in this class.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Mirage DE two-door coupe, Mitsubishi Mirage ES sedan, Mitsubishi Mirage LS two-door coupe, Mitsubishi Mirage LS sedan
For 2001 the Mitsubishi Mirage base sedan changes designations from the DE to the ES. The sedan comes in either the LS or ES trim. All 2001 Mirages now have tether anchors for child seats and meet LEV standards. New options include a Power Package on the ES Sedan, a power sunroof on the LS Coupe, and a Premium Package on the LS Sedan. The Premium Package features a power sunroof and 14-inch alloy wheels. The Power Package includes power locks and windows. Other options include a Sport package for the LS Coupe and a Convenience Package for the DE Coupe.
With several body styles and trim levels to choose from, the 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage seems easy to personalize. The overall design looks slightly more exotic than the Corolla or the Civic, but still looks like a typical, entry-level coupe or sedan. The Mirage coupe has a 95-inch wheelbase and a 168-inch overall length, and the sedan has a 98.4-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 174 inches. For those who want to up the sporty factor, an optional sport package can be added to the LS Coupe. The sport package includes a rear spoiler, chrome tailpipe extension, and side air dams. The DE Coupe and ES Sedan include remote outside mirrors and intermittent wipers. The LS offers a rear window defroster, a body-colored grille and door handles, alloy wheels, a chrome-tipped exhaust, and a sunroof.
The Mirage's interior uses high-quality materials considering the price point. Standard features for the DE Coupe and ES Sedan include a front console with storage, front cup holders, remote trunk release, power steering, a 12-volt front power outlet, and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The ES also includes a split-folding rear seatback, a folding center armrest, air-conditioning, power door locks, and one-touch power windows. But the design could use a few improvements to make it a bit more driver friendly. The antenna seems poorly placed and ice-cold drinks stowed in the cup holders drip liquid into a storage compartment. No tachometer comes on the DE and ES. Air-conditioning, power windows and locks, a stereo with a CD player, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat come standard on all models except the DE Coupe. All models seat five passengers, but good luck getting four of your tallest friends inside.
The LS offers drivers extra features. Both the LS Coupe and Sedan have a six-way adjustable driver's seat and a stereo with integrated CD controls.
Performance & Handling
The Mirage DE Coupe comes with a 92-horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 93 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. The ES and LS come with a 1.8-liter, 113-horsepower engine that produces 116 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm and a front stabilizer bar that helps the 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage maneuver quickly around road debris and traffic. The DE Coupe and ES Sedan both use a four-wheel independent suspension. Both engines come with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage’s safety features include child seat anchors, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, two front headrests, a rear center lap belt, and electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage: 28/36 mpg city/highway
- Attractive exterior design
- High-quality interior
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Cramped back seat
- Exterior paint chips easily
- Not enough horses under the hood
Lots of bang for the buck.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Honda Civic
- Toyota Corolla
- Kia Sephia
- Hyundai Elantra
- Ford Focus