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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

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2013 ES 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $18,495
2013 GT 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,495


Both send power to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While this may feel like it drains the motor of power, it does help the Lancer achieve a fuel efficiency rating of 24 city and 32 highway for the ES, and 22 city and 29 highway for the GT. Not as good as some other vehicles in its class, but not bad, either.

The Sportback and Lancer share an uncanny family resemblance from the front, but, because of elongated rear hatch styling, the view from the rear and the side is quite different—and even a bit sporty. This rear hatch design improves the cargo capacity to 52.7 cubic feet with the cargo floor down, so it's as utilitarian as it is stylish.

The interior isn't the Lancer's strongest point, as the quality of materials doesn't stand up to the interiors offered in competitors like the Ford Focus. Even so, the layout is very efficient and easy to understand. You won't have to worry about taking your eyes off the road in order to find stereo buttons on the stereo. Air conditioning dials are also large and simple to use.

One of the best things about the Lancer Sportback—or any Mitsubishi for that matter—is the longstanding 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. It's one of the best you can find.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 148 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
6-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 148 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum / 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
46.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
94 Cu.ft. / 93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.4 "
Exterior Width
69.4 "
Exterior Height
59.3 "
Front Headroom
39.6 " / 38.5 "
Rear Headroom
36.8 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,021 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
16.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
4 / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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