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).
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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