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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Interior

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Many reviewers are disappointed with the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer’s interior quality, and say it’s hard to overlook the cabin’s bland design and cheap materials. The Lancer lacks standard features such as air conditioning, Bluetooth and a USB port, which are standard on many of its rivals, and it also has less cargo space than class leaders. When equipped with optional features, reviewers say some tech items have a few design flaws. Though auto critics say the Lancer’s interior has many faults, they are impressed with its spacious second-row seats.

  • "While the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer's chiseled exterior lends an air of aggression, its interior design and materials drag down the car's overall appeal. On the whole, the cabin design is uninspiring and rife with hard plastic elements. The upper trim level's padded door inserts help, but the lingering downmarket feeling persists." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior's stale design and its abundance of hard, cheap plastics are the Achilles' heel of the Lancer." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "The cabin decor is solid enough, but cost-cutting is evident in many places. Materials in all models are nothing special, especially when considering the Ralliart's stiff price premium." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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Seating

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan and hatchback seat five, and test drivers have mixed opinions of the Lancer’s front and rear seats. While reviewers say the front seats offer good head- and legroom for adults, several say the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and lack of cushioning can make the seats uncomfortable for the driver and front passenger. One reviewer also points out that rear visibility is poor. Reviewers say that the rear seats are comfortable and offer a lot of legroom for adults.

  • "Headroom and legroom are more than sufficient for 6-footers. The GT and Ralliart have sport seats that hug tightly in fast corners; seats in the DE and ES are unexceptional for shape and support. … Regardless of model, high windowsills impart a slightly closed-in feeling. Outward visibility aft and to the right-rear isn't great." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Taller drivers will likely bemoan the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and the dearth of under-thigh seat support. On the other hand, the rear seats are quite comfortable, with a generous amount of legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "While the front seats are adequate, the backseat really shines with its legroom. At 5 feet, 10 inches, I sat behind a driver's seat adjusted for my height and had several inches of knee and foot room." -- Cars.com (2008)

Interior Features

The base Lancer sedan has a four-speaker stereo and power windows and door locks. Air conditioning, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Rockford-Fosgate stereo, a rearview camera and a navigation system are optional.

While one reviewer says that the Lancer’s climate controls are simple to use, several complain about the stereo system’s layout. One test driver mentions that the base stereo is hard to read when light shines on it, and another really dislikes that the USB port is hidden in the glove box. Other auto critics give positive reviews of the optional Rockford-Fosgate stereo’s sound quality, and think the Fuse voice activation system is functional.

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  • "Much like Ford's Sync system, Mitsubishi's Fuse voice activation system assists in selecting a destination or your favorite music. The Fuse system lacks some of Sync's functions and commands, but for the most part, it works pretty well." -- Edmunds
  • "In the main instrument pod, a large, clear speedometer and tachometer flank an electronic information display whose legibility is quite good. The climate controls are large, easy to use, and convenient to access. The standard audio system's display washes out in most lighting conditions, making it hard to decipher information at a glance." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The Rockford Fosgate audio system delivers lots of power and bass." -- CNET (2011)
  • "The placement of the USB port was a bit inconvenient. We actually had to consult the car's manual to find it, as it is mounted in the top of the glovebox." -- Motor Trend (2011)

Cargo

The Lancer sedan offers 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Ralliart offers up to 10 cubic feet. The base sedan’s cargo space decreases to 11.8 cubic feet when it is equipped with a subwoofer. The Evolution sedan has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Sportback models have 13.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 46.6 with them folded. Overall, reviewers say that Lancer sedan and hatchback models have decent cargo space, and like that the hatchback model’s cargo opening is large, which makes it easier to load cargo.

  • "The sedan's trunk has a useful shape. The Ralliart's cargo hold is slightly smaller due to that model's all-wheel-drive hardware. Sedans' cargo area lack height for taller items. Sportbacks provide very good space with low liftover." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "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, 2010)

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