Monday, April 14, 2014


The Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors since 1973. It has been known as the Colt Lancer, Dodge/Plymouth Colt, Chrysler Valiant Lancer, Chrysler Lancer, Eagle Summit, Hindustan Lancer, Soueast Lioncel, and Mitsubishi Mirage in various countries at different times, and has been sold as the Mitsubishi Galant Fortis in Japan since 2007. It has also been sold as Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis in Taiwan with a different facelift compared to Galant Fortis. In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza.

Test drivers agree that the Mitsubishi Lancer performs best in higher trims like the Evolution, which features a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, these models offer a stiff, uncomfortable ride, reviewers say. The base Lancer has a smoother ride and its four-cylinder engine is capable of delivering adequate power, reviewers note. 

However, they also say that when the base engine is paired with an available continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Lancer is noisy and sluggish. Equipped with the CVT, the base Lancer gets an EPA-estimated 26/34 mpg city/highway, which is acceptable for the class. Several trims offer all-wheel drive, which is unusual for a compact car. The 2014 Lancer comes standard with seven air bags, including a driver’s knee air bag. However, the Lancer’s safety score is among the lowest in the class.

The Lancer’s cabin looks and feels cheap and outdated, reviewers say, citing cut-rate materials, hard plastic surfaces and a bland interior design. There’s also a lot of cabin noise, test drivers say. Some reviewers note that the lack of a telescoping steering wheel makes it hard to find a good driving position, though they also report that both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable. Still, the Lancer sedan has less cargo space than what many rivals have. 

Standard features include a four-speaker CD audio system, keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and an auxiliary audio jack. Drivers have to upgrade to get features that are now standard in some rivals, including Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. Additional options include a rearview camera, a sunroof and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with a touch-screen display. 

In addition to six standard airbags3-including front, front-seat-mounted, and side-curtain airbags-the Lancer adds a seventh underneath the driver's side dashboard. Designed to stabilize your lower body and knees during certain types of frontal collisions, it provides an extra level of protection when you need it most.

Active Stability Control (ASC)4 employs a series of sensors that constantly monitor the grip of each tire. If a wheel begins to slip, ASC automatically communicates with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to apply the brakes to the wheels with the most traction, helping you maintain control of the vehicle in just about any situation.

Mitsubishi's Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body utilizes crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions. Strategic reinforcements at key body points complement its side-impact door beams, giving your Mitsubishi a stable, secure base that's worth its weight in safety.

Test driver’s say the Lancer features clear gauges and straightforward climate controls. However, some write that the Lancer’s available touch-screen audio system would be easier to use if it had more physical buttons.

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