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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer 2012 Toyota Prius c 2012 Volkswagen Golf
     
Man DE FWD
  • Man DE FWD
  • Man ES FWD
  • CVT ES FWD
  • CVT ES FWD
  • Man GT FWD
  • CVT SE AWD
  • CVT GT FWD
  • CVT GT FWD
  • TC-SST Ralliart AWD
5dr HB One (Natl)
  • 5dr HB One (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Two (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Three (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Four (Natl)
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg

Prices

MSRP $15,695 $18,950 $17,995
Invoice $15,032 $18,003 $17,275
Avg. Paid $11,300 $15,381 $12,221

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 8.3 8.2
Critics' Rating 7.4 8.7 9.1
Performance 7.1 6.5 8.3
Interior 6.7 7.0 8.7
Operating Cost 8.1 8.8 8.1
Safety 9.0 10.0 9.7
Reliability 2.5 4.0 2.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good performance from Ralliart and Evo models
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Good reliability score
  • Refined ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy with diesel engine
Cons
  • Lackluster base engines
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Lackluster fuel economy with base engine

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas/Electric I4 1.5L/- TBD - Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 25 City / 34 Hwy 53 City / 46 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan Hatchback 2 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 103.7 100.4 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 180.0 157.3 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4 66.7 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 56.9 58.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2866 2500 2968

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.0 87.4 93
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 38.6 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.7 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 52.3 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 51.0 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 37.0 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 50.8 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 51.7 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 50.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 46.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.3

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

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

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4 Gas I5
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.5L/- TBD - 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 152 @ 6000 73 @ 4800 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 146 @ 4250 82 @ 4000 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Turning diameter 32.8 31.4 35.7

Fuel

Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 53 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 46 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.6 9.5 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard