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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,195 - $19,203
Original MSRP: $15,295 - $28,095
MPG: 24 City / 33 Hwy
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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Interior

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The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer's interior is a sore spot for many reviewers. They thoroughly enjoy the comfortable front seats, but complain about the sub-par materials quality and counterintuitive 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 Ford Fiesta and Kia Forte.

  • "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
  • "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
  • "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

Seating

The automotive press is satisfied with the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer’s comfortable front seats, but some have a few complaints about its uncomfortable driving position. The press says the back seat offers a good amount of space, but a few make a suggestion that is common for the class: limit occupancy to two passengers.

  • "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 driving position for taller drivers is poor, with no telescoping steering wheel and little under-thigh support. Seat comfort is very good...with an impressive amount of rear seat legroom." -- 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. For those with longer legs and shorter arms, driving the Lancer can be an uncomfortable proposition." -- About.com

Interior Features

Standard interior features for the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer include power windows, door locks and side view mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There are a variety of optional packages, which vary depending on the trim and model options. The Deluxe Package includes a power glass sunroof, FAST Key Entry System, USB connectivity and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Alloy Wheel Package includes 16-inch alloy wheels. Leather seats with front seat heaters, a power glass sunroof and a six CD and mp3 in-dash audio unit and Bluetooth are also available. 

  • "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
  • "Interior styling, materials and noise levels don't convey the same sense of refinement delivered by competitors like the MAZDA3 or Honda Civic." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The Lancer sedan only offers 12.3 cubic feet of space, which is average for the class. The Ralliart offers even less cargo room: 10 cubic feet. The Sportback GTS and Ralliart, however, offer a generous amount of cargo room: 13.8 cubic feet with the seats up and 46.6 feet with the seats folded flat. Buyers who add a subwoofer will have less trunk space. 

  • "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 (Sportback Ralliart)
  • "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

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