Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews
The original Mitsubishi Lancer never exactly blew us away.
Current Mitsubishi Lancer

Mitsubishi's stylish compact sedan is offered in DE, ES, GTS and Ralliart trims. Should that not be enough, there is the Ralliart, which offers a turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all but the Ralliart, while Mitsubishi's first continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional (except on Ralliart). In reviews of the Mitsubishi Lancer, we've been impressed with its improved handling, sporty styling and high-tech optional features. Used Mitsubishi Lancer models
The current Lancer dates back to the 2008 model year. The first "Mitsubishi Lancer" was launched for the 2002 model year as a replacement for the Mirage sedan. The O-Z Rally trim offered a sportier look thanks to 15-inch O-Z alloy wheels and special interior trim upgrades. All trims came with the 120-hp 2.0-liter engine and a five-speed manual. Running changes included the 2004 debut of the Lancer Ralliart trim level, which boasted a 162-hp 2.4-liter engine, ABS, alloy wheels, sport exhaust and a sport-tuned suspension. Ralliart sedans came standard with a five-speed manual transmission. That year, Mitsubishi also introduced the Lancer Sportback wagon, available in LS or Ralliart trim. The 162-hp engine powered both wagon trim levels, but the Sportback was only available with a four-speed automatic. Mitsubishi discontinued the Lancer LS and both Sportback models in 2005. In 2006, the Lancer SE, featuring a sunroof, six audio speakers, cruise control and remote keyless entry, was introduced to freshen up the lineup.

In road tests, our editors found this Mitsubishi Lancer comfortable, though not especially fun to drive. The sport-tuned Lancer Ralliart, with its more powerful engine and tighter suspension, offers higher performance at an affordable price, making it the best choice of this Lancer generation.

Previous to the Lancer, Mitsubishi's small-car offering was the Mirage
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ranks 14 out of 32 Affordable Small Cars. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the sportiest options among Affordable Small Cars. Reviewers find its front seats comfortable and handling adequate for highway driving and city cruising. The press also complains about the Lancer’s lethargic performance. If you can’t afford the Evolution, the Lancer Ralliart, the Lancer’s upmost trim, costs about $6,000 less than the Evolution.

Other Cars to Consider
Although the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is available, you can still get a 2010 model. The Mazda3 has more standard features and better high tech options than the Lancer, and it’s only about $500 more. The Volkswagen Golf’s plain exterior doesn’t match the Mitsubishi Lancer’s aggressive attitude, but it still tops the Lancer in the Affordable Small Car rankings because of its nice interior, powerful engines, peppy attitude on the road and optional diesel engine. Details: 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer:

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is available in four trims: DE, ES, GTS and Ralliart. The base DE trim starts at $14,995. Meanwhile, the Ralliart, which has more horsepower and all-wheel drive, begins at $27,495. The Lancer Sportback, a five-door hatchback, is also available and starts at $19,190. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, a high-performance vehicle, is reviewed separately.

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