Available with all-wheel-drive
Date Posted: June 11, 2016
By Zack Spencer
The Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact car with seating for 5-passengers. This Japanese car flies under the radar in many ways but it does have a long warranty, which helps sell this product.
The Mitsubishi Lancer flies well under the radar but this car is one of a few compact cars that can be equipped with AWD technology or what Mitsubishi calls AWC. For people who live in areas with winter conditions for just like better handling, this car is an option.
The Lancer is available with a base 2.0L 4-cylinder with 148hp. This engine is only offered with FWD. There is a larger 2.4L engine with 168hp and this engine is only offered with AWD. (Is offered with mostly AWD, except for one model). The 5-speed manual transmission is only offered with the smaller engine, the CVT is offered with the base engine and standard on the AWD cars.
It is rated at 8.6L/100km (30 MPG) in the city and 6.8L/100km (41 MPG) on the HWY when equipped with the base engine and CVT.
One of the reasons the Lancer was under the radar was the basic and dated interior. Mitsubishi has improved the interior recently and moved it into a much more modern space, even though it still is rather basic. Mitsubishi has updated the centre console to include Bluetooth on all but the base model. Screen sizes range from 6-inches to optional 7-inches with rearview camera, the 7-inch units comes with navigation. Heated seats are available on most models, plus the Lancer can be equipped with leather seats.
Safety comes from standard front, side and curtain airbags, plus a driver’s knee air bag and standard stability and traction control. However the Lancer is not available with advanced safety systems like foreword collision warning with autonomous braking.
The lancer starts at roughly $15,000 (US$17,000), the first AWD model starts at $21,000 (US$20,000) and the most expensive models are roughly 26,000 (US$23,000)
Even though the Lancer flies under the radar doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be considered. Mitsubishi offers a very long 10-year 160,000km powertrain warranty (100,000 mile in the US). Plus this car is offered with AWD, something not usually found in a compact car.
Even with the latest updates this car can still seam a bit dated and the lack of advanced safety features is out of step wit the competition. Overall the warranty and AWD are the main selling features.
Mitsubishi offers a very long 10-year 160,000km powertrain warranty