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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview (See Available Styles)

For sporty driving, nimble handling, and a plethora of trims and options at an affordable price, the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer has it all.

There is a lot of reshuffling for the 2012 Lancer, including a new SE trim which is aimed for those who live in cold/snowy weather and features all-wheel drive, heated seats and side mirrors, a lower chrome grille, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The GTS is now the GT and adds 18-inch wheels and a new front end/instrument panel. All told, the 2012 Lancer’s trims are as follows: DE, ES, SE, GT, and Ralliart, not to mention the more powerful Lancer Evolution and the hatchback Lancer Sportback (both covered separately). Competition to the Lancer includes other compacts like the Honda Civic, Mazda3, and Ford Focus.

Engine options vary by trim level. The DE and DS models feature a 148-horsepower (143 in California), 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or optional (ES) continuously variable automatic transmission. The SE and GT add a bit more hp with a 168-horsepower (161 in California), 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a five speed manual CVT.  Like the SE, the race-inspired Ralliart has all-wheel drive and features a 237-horsepower turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 253 pounds-feet of torque and is paired with a six-speed, twin-clutch automated manual. Depending on which trim/engine you opt for, fuel estimates range between 18-26 mpg in the city and an efficient 25-34 mpg on the highway.

The exterior of the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer features a fairly aggressive design with a chrome grille, parabolic fog lamps, and swept forward hood. Standard side skirts and16-inch wheels are nice touches, while 18-inch wheels, a rear wing-style spoiler, and rocker-panel extensions are optional.

Inside, the 2012 Lancer seats five and has a 60/40-split folding rear seat for added cargo room. A navigation system, 30-gigabyte hard drive, air conditioning, USB port, chrome accents, heated leather seats, sport bucket front seats, and leather-wrapped steering wheel are optional.

Safety comes standard in the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer in the form of antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag, while a backup camera is optional.

You don’t have to spend a ton of cash to look good and enjoy the act of driving in the efficient 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 18 - 25 MPG
  • Highway: 25 - 34 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: ****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

9 of 10 (90%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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