Meet Your 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

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  • 2.0L I-4 148hp engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • side seat mounted airbags
  • curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags
  • driver knee airbag
  • airbag occupancy sensor
  • air conditioning
  • 16" aluminum wheels
  • cruise control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • electronic stability.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback builds on the stylish and popular Lancer sedan, offering more versatility with a rear liftgate and enhanced cargo capacity.

The five-passenger Lancer Sportback is available in two front-wheel drive trims - ES and GTS - and one all-wheel drive Ralliart trim. The ES is powered by a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the GTS gets a 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; both are mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Ralliart models boast a 237-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired to a six-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift transmission (TC-SST) with paddle shifters. Building on the value-oriented ES trim, the GTS is equipped with a rear wing spoiler, fog lights, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a FAST-key passive entry system; the sporty Ralliart trim adds front and rear limited slip differentials, performance tires and satellite radio, as well as exclusive exterior and interior trim elements. Standard safety features on all Lancer Sportback models include stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and a tire pressure monitor, along with front, front side-impact, overhead curtain and driver's side knee airbags.

All-new last year, the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback carries over with minimal changes for 2011. The GTS and Ralliart models are now equipped with Mitsubishi's FUSE hands-free communication system, including voice-activated audio streaming and a USB port. Additionally, a new ES trim joins the model lineup, equipped with electric power-assisted steering and Brake Energy Regeneration for improved fuel economy.

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Equipment available on the Sportback editions of the Lancer GTS and Ralliart will mirror that included in the sedans.
- Car and Driver, CarsDirect
With an overall length slightly longer than the sedan's, the Sportback offers up to 52.7 cubic feet of load space when the 60/40 split folding second row is laid flat.
- Road & Track, CarsDirect
Flappy paddle shifters are great to use and the change is quick. You can over-ride the auto at any time with a single flick, which is useful.
- TopGear, CarsDirect
America is still not a hatchback-friendly place, but rising fuel costs and a plunging economy have several automakers hoping that tighter pocketbooks will have U.S. customers looking at smaller, more efficient ways to get the SUV/crossover feel.
- Car and Driver, CarsDirect
The 5-door hatch's dynamic design not only offers the utility of a small wagon, but also gives buyers an alternative to the more traditional Lancer sedan bodystyle.
- Road & Track, CarsDirect
The addition of hatchbacks to the Lancer lineup allows Mitsubishi to more directly compete with Subaru's Impreza family.
- Car and Driver, CarsDirect

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Graphite Grey Pearl
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Apex Silver Metallic
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Octane Blue Pearl
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Rally Red Metallic
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Wicked White
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Tarmac Black Pearl
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Full Review

Affordable compact to Evo, all of them good.


If it's a compact car you're looking for, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer will have your head spinning at nine enticing models.The Lancer is a clean and lovely car, even with its fish face.Some see a shark mouth, and say the Lancer is lovely because of it, not despite it.Its good looks give it distinction in its field.Its good engines give it value.

All 2011 Lancers have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control standard, along with seven airbags, the latest being driver's knee.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer lineup starts with the $14,995 Lancer DE, not quite bare bones because it's got power doors and windows, keyless entry and auto halogen headlamps, but lacks air conditioning, 60/40 folding rear seat, and cruise control.But it's got the same good 2.0-liter engine with variable valve timing making 148 horsepower.Driving gets more civilized with the Lancer ES with air conditioning and better seats, front and rear.

New for 2011 is the Lancer ES Sportback, a smooth-looking 5-door that made its debut on the 2010 Lancer Ralliart.Fuel economy for the Lancer ES is an EPA-estimated 25/32 mpg City/Highway.We found the Lancer ES offers decent steering response and tracks well through corners, with no excessive body lean.

The Lancer GTS climbs the ladder with its 2.4-liter engine, a gem of a powerplant coupled with a sweet 5-speed gearbox or 6-step CVT with paddle shifters (23/30 mpg).We tested the Lancer GTS Sportback version complete with front air dam and rear spoiler, our test car with a 5-speed, looking sleek in Graphite Gray Pearl and beautiful 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels.The GTS is a compelling value for its good looks, enjoyable driving characteristics, affordable pricing, and fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 24/31 mpg City/Highway.If you don't need all-wheel drive or turbocharged acceleration, the GTS is the one, especially in the new Sportback body style with a great cargo area.

The all-wheel-drive Lancer Ralliart moves into high-performance land with an intercooled and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine making 237 horsepower, and showcasing Mitsubishi's racy 6-speed twin-clutch automated manual transmission.Sedan or Sportback, flared fenders, hood scoop, vents like shark gills, optional Recaro seats.The fishface gets a chrome ring, like silver lipstick on a largemouth bass.

The Lancer Evolution, the Evo, pumps out 291 horsepower.Shapely sedan only, with 5-speed GSR model, or with 6-speed twin clutch MS, which adds Bilstein shocks and lighter brake rotors.Have fun at the track, your car is ready.

top Body Exterior featuresSEGTRalliart
Heated door mirrorsYYY
Power door mirrorsYYY
top Convenience Features featuresSEGTRalliart
Tilt steering wheelYYY
1-touch upYYY
Rear door binsYYY
1-touch downYYY
Passenger door binYYY
Remote keyless entryYYY
Power windowsYYY
Driver door binYYY
Air conditioningYYY
Front beverage holdersYYY
Illuminated entryYYY
Speed controlYYY
Rear beverage holdersYYY
Passenger vanity mirrorYY
Automatic temperature controlYY
Power moonroofY
Driver vanity mirrorYY
top Entertainment Features featuresSEGTRalliart
Radio data systemYYY
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsYYY
MP3 decoderYYY
CD playerYYY
AM/FM radioYY
top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation featuresSEGTRalliart
Speed sensitive wipersYYY
Rear window wiperYYY
Low tire pressure warningYYY
Rear window defrosterYYY
Variably intermittent wipersYYY
Trip computerYYY
Outside temperature displayYYY
Front reading lightsYYY
Front fog lightsYY
top Powertrain featuresSEGTRalliart
Sequential multi-point fuel injectionYYY
Variable valve controlYYY
Mode select transmissionY
Manual-shift autoY
Limited slip differentialY
top Safety and Security featuresSEGTRalliart
Traction controlYYY
Ignition disableYYY
Occupant sensing airbagYYY
Panic alarmYYY
Security systemYYY
Electronic stabilityYYY
ABS brakesYYY
Overhead airbagYYY
Brake assistYYY
Dual front impact airbagsYYY
4 wheel disc brakesYYY
Knee airbagYYY
Dual front side impact airbagsYYY
top Seats and Trim featuresSEGTRalliart
Heated front seatsYYY
Split folding rear seatYYY
Rear seat centre armrestYYY
Front centre armrestYYY
Leather shift knobYY
Leather upholsteryY
Sport steering wheelY
top Suspension/Handling featuresSEGTRalliart
Four wheel independent suspensionYYY
Rear anti-roll barYYY
Power steeringYYY
Alloy wheelsYYY
Front anti-roll barYYY
Sport suspensionY
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