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Despite its recent face-lift, the Lancer is an outdated and insubstantial compact sedan. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rough, the continuously variable transmission makes the car moan plaintively, fuel economy is uncompetitive, and the car is sluggish from a stop. Handling is secure, but the ride is a bit rough. The cramped cabin is furnished with drab plastics and has subpar fit and finish, but the controls are simple to use. All-wheel drive is available. Sadly, the high-performance, rally-ready Evolution version is no more.

Road Test

While it's an improvement over the old model, the redesigned Lancer still scores only midpack in its class. The Mitsubishi's handling is quite agile and the steering is responsive, lending the car a sporty feel. But the ride borders on being too stif...

Highs

  • agility
  • steering

Lows

  • engine noise
  • fit and finish

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/-1 miles
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (148 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (168 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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