The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a five-door, hatchback version of the Lancer. The Lancer Sportback first debuted in 2004 as a facelift of the eight-generation Lancer sedan. The car was launched along with a sports-oriented Ralliart version of the Lancer. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a reliable vehicle, so long as you service it regularly.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is just a year old, and it offers new trim levels for this year: the base model ES, mid-level GTS, and performance-enhanced top-level Ralliart version.
Body Styles: compact four-door hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission, continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), dual-clutch manual transmission
Models: ES, GTS, Ralliart
- Entry-level ES model introduced to lineup
- Fuse voice-activated system
- Minor feature modifications on different trim levels
The modern 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is based on the Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback model that was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005. The production model, with its RISE safety body, was launched for the U.S. market in later summer 2009 for the 2010 model year.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is perfect for those who want to enjoy the utility of the hatchback coupled with the performance of the rally-bred Lancer. The Sportback gets the performance part right, by getting all the required parts from the sporty version of the Lancer. The car does not sacrifice utility for performance either; its hatchback style offers more cargo space than a sedan.
The ES trim model is new to the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback. This trim level comes with rocker-sill bodywork extensions and 16-inch steel wheels. Apart from the bigger, more powerful engine, the GTS is fitted with 18-inch alloys, chrome exhaust tips, and sport-tuned suspension.
Overall, the aggressive exterior styling of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback does not carry over into the cabin. Cheap, hard plastic materials cover the interior, the design is unimpressive, and taller drivers will encounter some issues with the driver’s seat.
The entry-level ES comes with full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, four-speaker stereo with CD, MP3 and auxiliary audio input support, and 60/40 split rear seat and armrest at the center.
The mid-level GTS features sport front seats, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, six-speaker stereo system with USB port, and Fuse voice activation system. The GTS trim also features a dual-level cargo floor that offers 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Irrespective of the trim level, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback still has some nagging issues that make it less appealing. Firstly, the interior of the hatchback is below par. The cabin is dull and there are just too many plastic pieces dangling about. Secondly, the luggage space takes a hit because of the racked rear window. In sum, the interior quality is not excellent, so you can expect to replace the plastic parts inside the cabin.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is set up with a 2.4-liter straight-four engine under the hood. It can be mated to a five-speed manual transmission (standard) or a continuously variable transmission gearbox (optional). A 2.0-liter MIVEC straight-four engine delivers 148 hp of power and 145 lb-ft of torque to the Sportback ES. The base model of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a great option for people looking for just a little sport from their daily commuter, and special emphasis has to be given to ""just a little"". The 2.0-liter MIVEC engine powering the base 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is the same as that of the base model Lancer, so it does not come as a shock to see the Sportback ES fare poorly as a performance hatchback.
The mid-level GTS is good for those who are more inclined towards performance and ready to pay the cost. The same goes for the Ralliart, which offers a thrilling ride, but not before burning a sizeable hole in your pocket. The Ralliart version of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is fitted with a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter MIVEC engine, and an all-wheel drive system. The engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission gearbox with shift paddles borrowed from the Lancer Evolution X. The turbocharged MIVEC engine delivers 237 hp of power and 253 hp of torque.
All models of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback are fitted with safety features, like anti-lock brakes, stability control, driver’s knee airbag, head curtain airbag, and front seat airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback ES: 25/32 mpg city/highway.
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback 2.4-liter: 23/29 mg city/highway
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Solid handling
- Impressive performance with high-level powertrains
- High-tech equipment
- Attractive hatchback style
You Won't Like
- Low-quality interior materials
- Uncomfortable driver’s seat
Overall, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a good concept, but trails behind better sports-oriented hatchbacks, especially in terms of cargo space, performance, and value for money.
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