Style-wise, not much has changed. None of this is impressive by current standards. Materials quality is not a Lancer strong point -- although the dashboard looks nice enough in a minimalist kind of way, the plastics used to construct it are uniformly hard and basic. The 5-speed manual is good but a little notchy, while the 4-speed auto models we drove before seemed pretty good and smooth. Finding a twisty road, I put the rocker switch in its four-wheel-drive auto mode, where it would shunt torque to the axle that needed it most. While an improvement over the previous model, the redesigned Lancer scores only midpack in its class.
Introduction There's a theme in our reviews this year, and the drives it home: Getting older isn't always a bad thing. Refined and spirited, the 2. Driving Impressions The Lancer is rather tall for a compact car, and you notice that extra height in fast corners. Some may find it a little plain looking after getting used to the look of the original, but I just think of it as a blank canvas for tuners to do with as they please. Corrosion Warranty: This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
When I checked my speed in a turn, I saw the car was not going all that fast. The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including: Basic Warranty: Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. As for cargo space, the Lancer sedan's trunk normally measures 12. Overall I am very pleased with the car and the service at the Mitsubishi dealership was great with a lifetime powertrain warranty and lifetime oil changes. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Rollover Resistance: Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over.
Wipers Std Accident Prevention Rear Parking Aid Opt Back-Up Camera Opt Handsfree Wireless Std Security Alarm Std Anti-theft System Std Original Warranty An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. My conclusion about this car may surprise you! Bargain four-wheel drive Among Mitsubishi's limited line of vehicles, the Lancer is the stalwart -- an economy car offered in multiple trims, and with some tech options. In ordinary driving, the Lancer is quite civilized, striking a nice balance between comfort and control, with less road noise than in some rival compacts. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be. The back seat, however, is an unequivocal plus. It's a great starter car if you don't mind sacrificing some of the bells and whistles that come standard with most new cars.
This Lancer also had subpar fit and finish, tight rear-seat headroom, and mediocre fuel economy. While an improvement over the previous model, the redesigned Lancer scores only midpack in its class. The engine has enough power to give it some pep and still get good gas mileage. Mark that down to its biggest drawback for this type of driving, the suspension. In that time, I've never had to take it into the shop for anything other than an oil change. Verdict The Lancer is showing its age but offsets that with some worthy features, a solid warranty that provides some level of security. This is attributed to the softer suspension and the higher profile tires.
I got mine in the dark blue and after the first wash and wax it looks amazing. Technology The Lancer may not be the newest kid on the block, but you wouldn't know it from the available technology features. Fuel economy has definitely improved, especially in the city as I was getting full tank to full talk, moderate traffic runabout, no passengers 9. The five-speed manual might be a cog short of the segment leaders Mazda's 3 has a six-speed manual , it's a decent gearbox to use - not super-swift of shift and the clutch took some familiarisation, but my personal preference for a manual over an automatic or in the Lancer's case a continuously-variable transmission wasn't undermined by the Lancer's gearbox. The big difference, however, lies at the heart of the Lancer as engineers transplanted a smaller 1.
The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Without the navigation option, this basic stereo occupies the center dashboard. The cabin has enough space for the nuclear family and their gear - boot size at 400 litres is better than some bigger sedans. Other Cars to Consider : The Elantra isn't as sporty as the Lancer, but it's got standard 4-wheel disc brakes, superior fuel economy and its own unique styling. Trunk space in the Sportback is barely better at 15. Anyone who learned to drive in the preceding millennium will find the feel of the steering familiar, as Mitsubishi still uses hydraulic power assist. It is great value for money, with a city mpg of about 18, and if you hit the highway, it can be as good a s 34.
When my old Lancer got multiple refusals of repairs from mechanics, I searched for a new one, holding my ground to all who advised me against a Mitsubishi. That may not seem like a long time, but the compact-sedan segment has taken huge leaps in refinement and gas mileage since the Lancer last saw a thorough going-over. While handling is agile and steering is responsive, lending the car a sporty feel, the ride borders on being too stiff. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment. Yes, Mitsubishi's lineup is aging, and we're being polite.
Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters. I liked the big bass sound from the Rockford Fosgate system, which includes a 10-inch subwoofer in the trunk, with a separate equalizer level. Side Impact Crash Test - Front: Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. Sportback models add increased functionality. This Rockford Fosgate system is a one-trick pony; strong on bass but nothing else.
A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual is the only available transmission. On the highway it's pretty good too, though the ratios seem to be a bit short overall. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. It has an extremely stylish and comfortable interior for a car of its price range, and is made of good quality materials- mine has survived three kids! Voice command included with that system works very well. Then there's the hard-drive-based touchscreen navigation system with digital music storage, another rarity in the compact class. It is not cost effective in the mid term as parts are very expensive. And I could also hear it rattle the Lancer's door panels, punctuating the landscape of plastic panels covering the cabin.