Given the light weight, fair clearance, front drive and traction control, I suspect it would handle as well as most cars. Of course something with awd, or better yet 4x4 and more clearance would be better. That said, I have driven a Ford Focus on winter roads, across frozen lakes, and through some absolutely huge drifts (right up over the hood, wheels left the ground) and don't get stuck much. Winter tires are a huge improvement. Of note, winter tires seem to be divided into those that are better in deep snow (aggressive treads), or better on clear ice (slicker, soft ribber with sipes - like a broomball shoe), so get the ones that suit your local conditions. Compared to a 2wd truck or van, I would much rather have a small front drive car. They are also much easier to un-stuck as I imagine 6 strong Michigan men could lift the Mirage off the ground (or 4 Ohio guys)!
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE 1.2 manual: 45.0 mpg (US) ... 19.1 km/L ... 5.2 L/100 km ... 54.1 mpg (Imp)