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MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Interior

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The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer's interior is a sour point among reviewers. Although they thoroughly enjoy the high level of comfort offered by its cushy front seats, they complain about the sub-par materials quality and less-than-intuitive control system, which combines both audio and navigation functions. For more standard features and a high quality cabin that won't break the bank, consider the Volkswagen Rabbit.

  • "Yes, you're looking at a giant leap forward for Mitsubishi-the last-generation Lancer interior felt like it was crafted out of refrigerator boxes and used-up chewing gum-but sometimes, a giant leap just isn't enough. Especially when you're starting from six feet underground." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cabin decor is solid enough, but cost-cutting is evident in many places. Materials are nothing special. Lancer's doors close with a tinny clang, and were improperly aligned on one test car, requiring multiple slams to shut." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Swathed in contemporary, minimalist styling and plenty of mid-grade plastic, the new Lancer's otherwise attractive passenger cabin falls short of the category's best in terms of richness and refinement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While improved over the previous generation, the Lancer's interior still felt cheaper than that of many of its competitors in the compact segment." -- The Detroit News
  • "The Lancer's interior is its principal weakness. Materials quality is on the cheap side, while the dull overall design doesn't live up to the precedent established by the exterior." -- Edmunds

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Front Seats

The automotive press is very happy with the front seats in the 2010 Lancer, but they take issue with the driving position. Most say the lack of a tilt and telescoping steering wheel makes finding a good driving position slightly awkward.

  • "Headroom and legroom are sufficient for six-footers. The GTS and Ralliart have sport seats that hug tightly in fast corners; seats in the DE and ES are unexceptional for shape and support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are comfortable and keep occupants firmly in place. They're covered in a microfiber material that should be easy to keep clean, though they could be static electricity magnets in the winter." -- Cars.com
  • "The driving position for taller drivers is poor, with no telescoping steering wheel and little under-thigh support." -- Edmunds
  • "One thing I didn't like was the arms-out driving position. The steering wheel tilts up-and-down but does not telescope in-and-out, and I felt like I was either too close to the pedals or too far away from the steering wheel." -- About.com

Rear Seats

Most reviewers are quite pleased with both the amount of space and comfort offered in the rear seats. Nonetheless, some suggest that seating should be restricted to two instead of three.

  • "The seat is supportive, but space is cozy for two medium-size adults, let alone three. Headroom is good, as is legroom. Entry and exit are also a bit tight, though OK for the class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Lancer's back seat is comfy and easy to get in and out of." -- About.com
  • "Seat comfort is very good...with an impressive amount of rear seat legroom." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Although reviewers enjoy the Lancer's stereo system, some are frustrated with its controls. They also grumble about the materials quality, which is regularly described as cheap -- or even worse. Available features include Bluetooth connectivity, a nine-speaker audio system with MP3 capability, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and shift lever, as well as keyless entry and keyless ignition.

  • "Some testers find the audio controls to be an uncomfortable reach and its dashboard screen hard to read in sunny conditions. Lancer's touch-screen navigation system unfortunately also absorbs most audio functions, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The...Lancer's insides are worlds ahead of anything Mitsubishi has offered in its econoboxes before, but they're still not quite up to competitive snuff. The dash and door panels are built of hard, scratchy plastics, and while the controls are all conveniently located and easy to use, most of them just feel a little cheap." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Inside, the Lancer feels like you found it in the discount rack. Compared to the Civic, Corolla, and Jetta, its dash and interior trim are dated and a little cheap." -- About.com
  • "The first thing we noticed about the Lancer was that 650 watts is an awful lot of audio power. Still in mild San Francisco traffic, the acoustic bass coming through the Lancer's 10-inch in-trunk subwoofer from a Sirius jazz station set off numerous parked cars' alarms as we idled by." -- CNET


While the automotive press isn't very impressed by the Lancer's 12.3 cubic feet of available cargo space, which is about average for this class, they do like the new Sportback trim's cavernous 52.7 cubic feet of maximum space. If you need a lot of cargo space but don't want to pay the extra cost of the Ralliart Sportback, you should definitely check out the Honda Fit, which has 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space and an impressive list of available features.

  • "It's no Buick Estate Wagon back there, but the loading hole is large, and there's room for bulky items with the seats folded." -- Car and Driver
  • "Lancer's trunk has a useful shape but isn't that large. ... Trunks also lack height for taller cargo, as does the trunk opening." -- Consumer Guide
  • "One-touch auto-folding rear seats split 60:40 to make room for 'active lifestyle' parcels and Mitsubishi dropped the rear cargo area floor by three inches to create 52.7 cubic-feet of space when the rear thrones are folded flat." -- Autoblog

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