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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

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Expert's Rating

3.4Good

MPG 23 City / 31 Highway
Pros
  • Smooth-shifting transmission
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Many standard safety features
Cons
  • Cabin noisy at highway speed
  • Stereo feels very basic
  • Styling may not be for everyone

Introduction

The five-passenger front-wheel drive Lancer Sportback is available in two trims - ES and GT. The ES is powered by a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the GT gets a 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; both are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The value-oriented ES trim is equipped with 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and a CD player with MP3 capability. The GT trim adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, automatic climate control, FAST-key passive entry/start system and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, along with Mitsubishi's FUSE hands-free communication system, including voice-activated audio streaming and a USB port. Standard safety features on all Lancer Sportback models include stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and a tire pressure monitor, as well as front, front side-impact, overhead curtain and driver knee airbags. New for 2012, a rearview camera monitor has been made available. The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback carries over with minimal changes for 2012. Both trims now get a more aggressive Ralliart-style front fascia, while interior revisions include new seat upholstery and instrument panel trim. Additionally, the 2011 GTS trim has been rebadged as the GT for 2012, and the all-wheel drive Ralliart is no longer offered.

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