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MSRP: $17,395 - $29,495
Invoice: $16,660 - $28,250
MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy
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Mitsubishi Lancer Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer ranks 37 out of 38 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mitsubishi Lancer, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer is ranked:

Test drivers agree that although the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has nimble handling, it stumbles with low-rent cabin materials and a noisy ride.

Reviewers say the 2015 Lancer's base engine has sufficient power for daily commuting. Most are impressed with the added pep of the larger and more powerful four-cylinder engine that comes with Lancer SE and GT models. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic is optional. However, critics complain that the base Lancer’s automatic transmission is slow to respond, and could make better use of the engine’s power. The base Lancer gets up to an EPA-estimated 26/34 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Test drivers complain that the Lancer has a noisy ride, and that trims that come with a sport-tuned suspension ride a bit too firmly. However, most reviewers agree that the Lancer has nimble handling and lots of grip for cornering.

According to test drivers, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer's cabin has low-rent materials and a bland design. Some critics complain that it is hard to find a comfortable driving position because the steering wheel does not telescope. Most reviewers say the Lancer has a decent amount of rear-seat legroom. Trunk space is a bit low for the class. The 2015 Lancer comes standard with Bluetooth and an auxiliary input jack. Available features include Mitsubishi's Fuse voice command system, a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, navigation, a USB port and a rearview camera. Auto journalists are impressed with the sound quality of the Rockford Fosgate audio system, though they complain that the touch-screen audio system could user sharper graphics and more redundant buttons to access commonly used settings.

  • "Objectively, the 2015 Lancer is still a competent compact car, but apart from its available all-wheel-drive system, there is little that makes it positively stand apart from its rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "On the performance end, it's hard to argue with what the turbocharged Lancer Evolution is dishing out. Power, handling and an insanely quick 0-to-60-mph run are almost enough to make you forget the uncomfortably harsh ride and booming exhaust note - almost." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Feeling more like a $16,000 car than a $22,000 one, the Lancer is in dire need of an interior facelift and a new powertrain." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "Without the bells and whistles many sedans offer today, the Lancer's sporty appeal is getting weaker. Sure, it's quick, and certain budget-conscious enthusiasts will appreciate that bland interior as a blank canvas ripe for developing with aftermarket toys. But the crowd outside this aging star's dressing room has got to be dwindling." -- AutoWeek (2013)

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The Subaru Impreza gets better fuel economy than the Lancer, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. Test drivers say the Impreza has spacious seats in the front and back, and the hatchback model has quite a bit more cargo space than the Lancer.

The Dodge Dart has more trunk space than the Lancer, and reviewers are pleased with its first-rate cabin materials. Critics report that the Dart offers poised handling and an available Uconnect infotainment system that is incredibly easy to use.

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Details: 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer seats five and comes standard with front-wheel drive. There are six trim levels. The base ES has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the GT and all-wheel drive SE AWC trim have 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission is optional. The performance-oriented Ralliart and Evolution (Evo GSR and Evo MR) trims have all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Aside from some minor trim changes and the discontinuation of the Lancer Sportback, the Mitsubishi Lancer is basically unchanged for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/17/14

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