Compare Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Toyota Matrix vs. Hyundai Elantra

Compare the Mitsubishi Lancer against the Toyota Matrix and Hyundai Elantra. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Lancer, Matrix and Elantra stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Lancer, Matrix and Elantra. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer 2009 Toyota Matrix 2009 Hyundai Elantra
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer 2009 Toyota Matrix 2009 Hyundai Elantra
4dr Sdn Man DE
  • 4dr Sdn Man DE
  • 4dr Sdn CVT DE
  • 4dr Sdn Man ES
  • 4dr Sdn Man ES-Sport
  • 4dr Sdn CVT ES
  • 4dr Sdn CVT ES-Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man GTS *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Man GTS
  • 4dr Sdn CVT GTS *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn CVT GTS
5dr Wgn Man XRS FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Man S FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man S FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man S FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S AWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S AWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S AWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Man XRS FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man XRS FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man XRS FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto XRS FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto XRS FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto XRS FWD (SE)
4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn Man SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE PZEV


MSRP $14,540 $20,760 $14,120
Invoice $13,852 $18,994 $13,735
Avg. Paid $7,746 $11,667 $7,814

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.5 7.7 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.0 7.3 9.0
Performance 7.5 6.8 7.5
Interior 7.1 7.6 8.2
Cost to Own 9.5 9.5 9.7
Safety 9.1 9.2 8.4
Reliability 2.0 3.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

  • Crisp steering and strong handling
  • Comfortable seats
  • Good safety ratings
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • High reliability score
  • Good gas mileage
  • Sluggish base engine
  • Poor interior quality
  • Poor reliability
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Below-average safety ratings

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 22 City / 30 Hwy 21 City / 28 Hwy 24 City / 33 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 5 Door Wagon 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 103.7 102.4 104.3
Length, Overall (in) 180.0 171.9 177.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4 69.5 69.9
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 61.4 58.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Standard Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2922 3140 2723

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Optional
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Optional
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.5 114 97.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 40.5 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.6 43.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 53.3 55.6
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 52.3 54.2
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 39.3 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 36.3 35.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 52.6 55.1
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 43.7 54.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 61.5
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.3 14.2


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Optional
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Optional
Satellite Radio Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.4L/144 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 152 @ 6000 158 @ 6000 138 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 146 @ 4250 162 @ 4000 136 @ 4600
Transmission Manual Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 32.8 38.1 33.9


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 28 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.3 13.2 14


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Indpendent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone Multi-Link


Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.