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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer 2012 Volkswagen Golf 2011 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
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
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI

Prices

MSRP $15,695 $17,995 $17,995
Invoice $15,032 $17,275 $17,275
Avg. Paid $11,311 $12,420 $11,237

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 8.2 8.2
Critics' Rating 7.4 9.1 9.0
Performance 7.3 8.4 8.5
Interior 6.7 8.7 8.7
Operating Cost 8.2 8.2 8.2
Safety 9.0 9.7 9.7
Reliability 2.5 2.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good performance from Ralliart and Evo models
  • Refined ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Excellent safety score
  • Quality interior with comfortable seats
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Refined performance
  • Good cargo space
Cons
  • Lackluster base engines
  • Low reliability score
  • Below-average reliability

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 25 City / 34 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB 2 Door HB

Dimensions

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2866 2968 2968

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard 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 Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard 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 93 93.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 39.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.7 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 38.5 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 35.5 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 52.8 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0 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

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split 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 Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5 Gas I5
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.5L/151 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 152 @ 6000 170 @ 5700 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 146 @ 4250 177 @ 4250 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 32.8 35.7 35.8 ft

Fuel

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

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard