2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

Pros: Availability of all-wheel drive; sporty driving dynamics of Ralliart model

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: Lancer sees a few minor trim changes for 2015, such as standard heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, standard fog lights, and a couple of new optional-equipment packages. Lancer was last redesigned for model-year 2008, and today it’s simply too old to battle effectively in this fiercely competitive class. Lancer handles well and offers a fair amount of features for a compact car. However, powertrains are an issue in terms of performance (at least with the normally aspirated 2.0), fuel economy, and, most notably, noise. We applaud the SE for offering all-wheel drive and other standard cold-weather niceties at a price that doesn’t break the bank. The sporty Ralliart appeals for its engaging turbocharged driving experience, but we don’t think it’s worth the large price premium over the SE.

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: $17,395
GT: $20,595
SE: $20,995
Ralliart: $29,495

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
148
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Optional Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
168
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
237
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

2015 Lancer SE
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer