The Lancer is available in three front-wheel drive trim levels - DE, ES and GTS - and one all-wheel drive Ralliart trim. The DE and ES are equipped with a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the GTS gets a more powerful 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; a five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. 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; GTS trims are further outfitted 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 Ralliart gets an even more exclusive treatment, showcasing unique exterior and interior trim elements, as well as satellite radio. Standard safety features on every Lancer 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.
After a refresh last year, the Mitsubishi Lancer carries over with minimal changes for 2011. The DE and ES models get electric power-assisted steering and Brake Energy Regeneration for improved fuel economy, while GTS and Ralliart models are outfitted with Mitsubishi's FUSE hands-free communication system, including voice-activated audio streaming and a USB port.
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
Affordable compact to Evo, all of them good.