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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 Interior

Test drivers say that the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer's cabin has a dull, outdated design and is built with cheap, hard plastics. The Lancer has a little trunk for the class, and some reviewers report that its touch-screen infotainment system could use more physical buttons, though others test drivers say the available Rockford Fosgate audio system has great sound quality.

  • "The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has some interesting styling cues on the exterior, but its uninspired interior design drags down the car's overall appeal. Interior materials quality isn't good either, as an abundance of hard plastic gives the Lancer a cheap feel." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer's sharp and modern exterior styling does not extend into its cabin. Here, the Lancer is showing its age, and bland, cheap plastic doesn't help." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Magnesium paddles and curiously high-grade soft-touch trim adorning the front door cards aside, the Lancer's interior simply screams low-buck. Knobs and switches work with all the sophistication of a used blender found at a garage sale, while some plastics are downright atrocious. The cheap carpet, which wouldn't be appropriate for a college kid's apartment, is especially heinous." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "I have to say that the interior is crummy. It looks outdated and the materials aren't that good. I could handle the level of materials used if the styling was better." -- AutoWeek (2013)

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Seating

The five-seat Lancer is available with leather seats and heated front seats. Some reviewers find the front seats supportive and say the driving position is ideally suited to spirited driving. However, others complain that the lack of a telescoping steering wheel makes it hard to get comfortable behind the wheel. Most auto writers say that the back seat has ample legroom.

  • "The lack of a telescoping steering wheel on all models makes it harder to find a perfect fit. Evo editions have well-bolstered, low-sitting Recaro seats up front, but without height adjustment, shorter drivers will struggle to see over the dash." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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, with a generous amount of legroom, are comfortable." -- Edmunds
  • "Let's start with the positives. For one, Lancer boasts a driving position that means business. A meaty three-spoke steering wheel sits in front of magnesium paddle shifters that wouldn't feel out of place in a Ferrari. Then there's the 'just right' relationship between the steering wheel, the driver's seat and the go and stop pedals. Clearly, this car has some performance DNA." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "Materials inside are basic, but the cloth seats are very supportive and the driving position is good for my 5-foot-10 frame, despite the lack of a telescoping steering column." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Interior Features

A four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and an auxiliary input are standard in the 2015 Lancer. Optional features include automatic climate control, a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, a rearview camera, HD Radio, Mitsubishi's Fuse voice command system and a USB port.

Auto journalists report that Fuse works well and that sound quality is impressive with the Rockford Fosgate audio system. Some say that the touch-screen audio system is straightforward to operate, but could use sharper graphics. However, some reviewers wish that the stereo had more physical buttons and knobs for basic adjustments.

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  • "The Fuse system lacks some of Sync's functions and commands, but for the most part, it works pretty well. The touchscreen interface standard on all but the base ES has easily legible commands, but graphics quality falls behind most competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Those looking for the best in-car audio in a compact sedan will definitely be impressed by the 2015 Lancer's 9-speaker, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new touchscreen audio system works well enough, but desperately needs a few conventional buttons for commonly-accessed functions." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Cargo

The Lancer sedan has a 60/40-split rear seat and 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit low for the class. Models with an optional subwoofer have 11.8 cubic feet and the Lancer Ralliart has 9.1 cubic feet of space. The Lancer Evolution has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, and test drivers note that it doesn’t have much trunk space for larger items.

  • "Golfers need not apply. Interior storage is so-so. There are good-sized door map pockets and two covered cup holders in the console, but the console box is deeper than it is long and it sits too far back to be an effective arm rest." -- Consumer Guide (2014 Lancer Evolution)

Review Last Updated: 11/17/14

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