Meet Your 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Key Features By Trim
  • 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
  • 16" steel wheels
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • electronic stability
  • power mirrors
  • power windows.

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview


The Mitsubishi Lancer is a sporty compact sedan, combining advanced user and safety technologies with stylish design and a fun-to-drive character.

The Lancer is available in three trim levels with front-wheel drive - DE, ES and GT - and two with All Wheel Control (AWC) - SE and Ralliart. The DE and ES are equipped with a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the SE and GT get a more powerful 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; available transmissions include a five-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Ralliart boasts 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 DE trim, the ES is equipped with a 60/40 split folding rear seat, air conditioning, cruise control and an auxiliary audio input jack; SE trims add 16-inch aluminum wheels and heated front seats (standard on SE only). The GT is further outfitted with a rear wing spoiler, fog lights, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a FAST-key passive entry system, as well as Mitsubishi's FUSE hands-free communication system, including voice-activated audio streaming and a USB port. The Ralliart gets an even more exclusive treatment, showcasing unique exterior and interior trim elements, along with satellite radio. Standard safety features on every Lancer include stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, a tire pressure monitor and seven airbags. New for 2012, a rearview camera system is now offered on the GT and Ralliart.

The Mitsubishi Lancer carries over with minor changes for 2012. Revisions include new wheel designs, seat upholstery and instrument panel trim; additionally, the GTS trim has been renamed the GT. Big news for this model year is the introduction of a new SE trim with driver-selectable All Wheel Control (AWC).

Quick Quotes
Whether you just want a car that looks and handles sharper than the average econobox or you need something speedy enough to embarrass genuine sports cars, the Lancer lineup likely has something with your name on it.
- Edmunds.com, CarsDirect
As Mitsubishi's smallest and most affordable vehicle in the U.S. market, the Lancer stands out from the crowd of low-priced sedans for two main reasons: First, its resemblance to the much more expensive Lancer Evolution and Ralliart models...somehow earns it a little more street cred than, say, a Corolla.
- The Car Connection, CarsDirect
The driving position combines the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- The Truth About Cars, CarsDirect
Don't go thinking, 'Yeah, it's like an Evo but cheaper'.
- TopGear, CarsDirect
Even though the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer is in the same segment as mainstream economy cars like the Honda Civic, it doesn't quite match them in the areas of interior quality, base engine refinement, fuel economy and reputation.Close Lancer rivals include the Subaru Impreza and the sporty Mazda 3, which likewise offer high-performance variants in the form of the WRX and Mazdaspeed 3, respectively. The Impreza features standard all-wheel drive versus the Lancer's Ralliart-only AWD system, while the Mazda boasts a nicer interior; moreover, both competitors have superior base engines. But the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer still has a lot going for it, especially in GTS or Ralliart trim.
- Edmunds.com, CarsDirect

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Introduction

The Mitsubishi Lancer offers an enticing range of compact cars from practical economy to sensible all-wheel-drive sedan to sporty liftback to rally rocket.The Lancer sports a tidy, sleekish shape with a bold and distinctive shark mouth.Its interior is clean, seating is comfortable, instrumentation is blessedly simple.

Good engines give it good value, with its base model bringing 26/34 miles per gallon City/Highway, according to the EPA.Seven airbags, including one for the driver's knee, help make it safe, in addition to anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and the mandated tire pressure monitor.Lancer was last redesigned for the 2008 model year.

The 2012 Lancer SE is a new model.It uses Mitsubishi's all-wheel drive system called AWC (all-wheel control), with the proven 2.4-liter engine making 168 horsepower.Ready for the Snow Belt, the Lancer SE comes with heated seats and mirrors.

The base Lancer DE is not bare bones, with its power doors and windows, keyless entry and auto halogen headlamps, but it lacks air conditioning, folding rear seat, and cruise control.Lancer DE uses the good 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) with double overhead cams and 16 valves.

Driving gets more civilized with the Lancer ES with air conditioning and better seats, front and rear.For 2012, Lancer ES gets new interior fabric and instrument panel trim.The Lancer ES Sportback is a smooth-looking 5-door.We found the Lancer ES offers decent steering response and tracks well through corners, with no excessive body lean.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer GT is last year's GTS model with a changed name.It uses Mitsubishi's excellent 2.4-liter engine, a gem of a powerplant, coupled with a sweet 5-speed gearbox or 6-step CVT (continuously variable transmission) with paddle shifters that's rated 23/30 mpg.We got good seat time in a Lancer Sportback GT 5-speed with front air dam and rear spoiler, looking sleek in Graphite Gray Pearl and 10-spoke alloy wheels.Lancer GT is compelling for its good looks, enjoyable driving characteristics and fuel economy.If you don't need all-wheel drive or turbocharged acceleration, the GT is the one, especially as a Sportback with its 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.The 2012 Lancer Ralliart is available only as a sedan, with flared fenders, hood scoop, vents like shark gills, optional Recaro seats.The sharkmouth gets a chrome ring that shines it up to make it look more like silver lipstick on a largemouth bass.

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

Specifications


top Body Exterior featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
Power door mirrorsYYYYY
Heated door mirrorsYYYY
SpoilerYYY
top Convenience Features featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
1-touch downYYYYY
Rear door binsYYYYY
Driver door binYYYYY
Power windowsYYYYY
1-touch upYYYYY
Tilt steering wheelYYYYY
Front beverage holdersYYYYY
Passenger door binYYYYY
Speed controlYYYY
Rear beverage holdersYYYY
Air conditioningYYYY
Remote keyless entryYYYY
Illuminated entryYYYY
Automatic temperature controlYY
Power moonroofY
Driver vanity mirrorYY
Passenger vanity mirrorYY
top Entertainment Features featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
Radio data systemYYYYY
CD playerYYYYY
AM/FM radioYYYY
MP3 decoderYYYYY
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsYYYY
top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
Low tire pressure warningYYYYY
Speed sensitive wipersYYYYY
Variably intermittent wipersYYYYY
TachometerYYYYY
Outside temperature displayYYYYY
Rear window defrosterYYYYY
Trip computerYYYYY
Front reading lightsYYYY
Front fog lightsYY
top Powertrain featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
Sequential multi-point fuel injectionYYYYY
Variable valve controlYYYYY
Mode select transmissionY
Limited slip differentialY
top Safety and Security featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
Overhead airbagYYYYY
4 wheel disc brakesYYYYY
Knee airbagYYYYY
Electronic stabilityYYYYY
ABS brakesYYYYY
Brake assistYYYYY
Occupant sensing airbagYYYYY
Dual front impact airbagsYYYYY
Dual front side impact airbagsYYYYY
Ignition disableYYYYY
Traction controlYYYYY
Security systemYYYY
Panic alarmYYYY
top Seats and Trim featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
Heated front seatsYYYY
Front centre armrestYYYY
Split folding rear seatYYYY
Rear seat centre armrestYYYY
Leather shift knobYY
Leather upholsteryY
Sport steering wheelY
top Suspension/Handling featuresDESESE AWCGTRalliart
Four wheel independent suspensionYYYYY
Power steeringYYYYY
Front anti-roll barYYYYY
Rear anti-roll barYYYY
Alloy wheelsYYYY
Sport suspensionY
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