2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

Pros: Availability of all-wheel drive; acceleration (2.4-Liter); fuel economy

Cons: Aged design; overall refinement doesn’t match most class competitors; high noise levels; not all drivers can find a comfortable seating position

CG Says: A rearview camera is now standard on all trim levels of the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. A new Sun and Sound Package includes a power sunroof and a Rockford Fosgate sound system. The GT model has been dropped. Lancer is a compact sedan that is offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The base front-wheel drive ES is powered by a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a choice of 5-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel-drive models have a 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). Keyless access and starting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and navigation are available. Lancer’s last complete redesign was back in model-year 2008, and today it’s simply too old to battle effectively in this fiercely competitive class. Almost all its rivals offer newer, more up-to-date designs with superior all-around refinement, performance, and fuel economy. Still, Lancer is one of only four mainstream compact cars to offer all-wheel drive (the others are Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, and VW Golf Alltrack). We applaud the Lancer ES and SE models for offering AWD and other standard cold-weather niceties at prices that don’t break the bank.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices ES: $17,795
ES AWD: $20,295
Limited Edition: $19,795
SE AWD: $21,095
SEL AWD: $22,095

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
148
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
168
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

2016 Lancer GT
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer