Over the years, the Mitsubishi Lancer has earned a reputation as a spunky compact with a tuner personality. With available all-wheel drive and scorching performance from the top engine, it remains something unique in the marketplace.
What's New for 2014
The entry-level DE trim level has been dropped, leaving the ES as the price leader. All models above the ES get a touchscreen audio interface and a rearview camera as standard equipment. The available navigation system carries a larger display, and interior trim has been spruced up across the lineup.
Choosing Your Mitsubishi Lancer
The Lancer starts out peppy enough with 2-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 148 horsepower. The standard five-speed manual provides slightly better acceleration than the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The available 168-horsepower 2.4-liter makes the Lancer quick for this class. For all-out performance, Mitsubishi offers a 2-liter turbo with 237 horsepower that sends the Lancer from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.
What you get under the hood depends on the trim level:
If you want sporty looks without spending a lot, order the ES with the available Exterior Package—you'll get the aggressive appearance of the Ralliart without the expense of its performance upgrades.