The Mitsubishi Lancer has a pair of versions; one is the wild and crazy Evolution model, and the other is the more timid base model. The latter has been a part of the U.S. lineup since 2008 and has seen a pair of generations. The second launched in 2008, and included a new "Shark Nose" front fascia; in its second year on the market gained a turbocharged Ralliart version.
What's New for 2015
Since its debut in 2008, the second-generation Lancer has remained relatively unchanged with the exception of few small modifications. For 2015, this theme continues. New features for 2015 include the Value Package for the ES model, the Sun and Sound Package for the GT with a CVT, a slew of new standard features on the SE trim, and new contrast stitching inside the GT trim's cabin.
Choosing Your Mitsubishi Lancer
Choosing the Lancer that fits your needs depends on what you want from it -- this is a far-reaching model that covers all the bases. The first step is figuring out what drivetrain you need, as there are three engines and two transmission to choose from, as well as two models with all-wheel drive. If fuel economy is tops, then opt for the base 2-liter or 2.4-liter. But if you're looking for more pep without bumping to the Lancer Evo, then the turbocharged 2-liter may be the route to take.
After you've picked the drivetrain, the rest falls into place rather simply, as each drivetrain falls into a single trim level. Altogether, the Lancer has four:
We think the best Lancer values are the mid-range SE AWC and GT. The Ralliart is priced within punching distance of the Evolution, and we'd recommend paying the extra money for far superior performance.