Consumer Reviews Summary
2 of 3 (66%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview
Mitsubishi’s entry in the compact sedan class offers a quintet of models, ranging from the basic front-drive DE to the all-wheel drive (AWD), turbocharged Ralliart. Last year saw the addition of the all-wheel drive SE model, which slots in under the Ralliart and above the GT. For 2013, an optional Premium Package for the SE brings standard alloy wheels and several features unavailable last year.
Lancer features an aggressive front grille and the Ralliart takes that look further with a larger opening and a scoop in its aluminum hood. Standard wheels are 16 inches with 18-inch rims optional. Power windows, folding mirrors and auto-off headlamps are standard. Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights are available on GT and Ralliart and there’s an optional rear wing.
Lancer DE and ES models draw power from a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is offered for the ES. The front-drive GT and AWD SE get a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four making 167 pounds feet of torque. The offers a standard five-speed manual or an optional CVT; the latter is standard on the SE. The AWD Ralliart steps things up with a 237-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-four producing 253 pounds feet of torque and paired with a six-speed, dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.
Fuel economy for front drive models with the 2.0-liter and the five-speed comes in at 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway (switch to the CVT and it loses 1 city mpg). The GT’s 2.4-liter with the CVT gets 23/30 mpg city/highway, while the five-speed returns 22/31 mpg city/highway. The turbo-powered AWD Ralliart’s 2.0-liter engine and six-speed gearbox achieve 18 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway. The SE’s 2.4-liter, CVT combo checks in with 22/29 city/highway.
Inside the Lancer offers standard air conditioning and 60/40 split folding rear seat on all but the base DE, an odor-absorbing headliner, and tilt steering wheel. GT and Ralliart models offer options including navigation system with rearview camera, heated front seats with leather upholstery, and chrome accents. Ralliart features leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. There are premium audio options featuring satellite radio, USB port, and hands-free mobile phone connectivity.
Safety features found on all Lancers include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and emergency braking assist. Seven standard airbags include front, front side-impact, side-curtain and a driver’s side knee unit.