2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview
With so many versatile trim levels and performance options, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer can be a smart and efficient midsize sedan, or a sporty, driving-is-fun again car.
The 2011 Lancer has so many trim levels, there has got to be something for everyone. Those trim levels include: DE, ES, GTS, and Ralliart. And for those who want more pop and a different style, then the Lancer Evolution and Sportback (both reviewed separately) are also available. It all starts with the DE and ES and their 148-horsepower (143 in California), 2.0-liter MIVEC engine that receives 146/143 pounds-feet of torque and is paired to a five-speed manual or optional (ES) continuously variable automatic transmission. The GTS features a 168-horsepower (161 in California), 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 167 pounds-feet of torque and a five speed manual CVT. The race-inspired Ralliart boasts a 237-horsepower turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 253 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed, twin-clutch automated manual.
For added handling, the 2011 Lancer Ralliart incorporates all-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension (also on the GTS) so that you can take corners with ease. Depending on which trim and engine your opt for, fuel estimates have improved slightly (DE and ES are up 2-3 mpg) and will vary between 17-25 mpg in the city and 25-33 mpg on the highway. Competition to the Lancer includes the Honda Civic, Mazda3, and Ford Focus.
On the exterior, the DE and ES share similar styling, while the GTS is a bit sportier and the Ralliart is almost a totally different car. The DE and ES rest on16-inch wheels, while the GTS gets 18-inch alloy wheels, dual power side view mirrors, fog lights, and a chrome exhaust tip. The Ralliart is quite a departure with an aluminum hood with air vents, chrome door molding, Ralliart bumper, dual exhaust, and a menacing, gaping front grille with chrome ring accent.
Seating for five is available in all models and the rear 60/40 seat folds to maximize cargo capacity. The DE and ES come with a 140-watt audio system with four speakers and a urethane wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Options include a navigation system with a 30 GB hard drive, keyless entry, USB port (now standard in the GTS and Ralliart), heated leather seats, sound-deadening glass, six-way adjustable driver’s seats, sport front bucket seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport fabric, and chrome instrument panel accents.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer incorporates a Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution unibody construction with front and rear crumple zones. Active Stability Control, antilock brakes, and seven airbags, which include a driver’s knee airbag, are all standard.
Take it easy and enjoy great fuel economy, or crank up the style and the rpm’s with the sporty and versatile 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer.