The Mitsubishi Lancer was originally introduced to replace the retiring Mirage model in the 2002 model year. The Lancer from the 2004 model year is part of this first generation. This family of cars was offered in a choice of body styles and several different trim levels to appeal to the vast majority of car buyers. While the Lancer didn’t necessarily wow the industry experts in terms of styling or performance, it does provide all of the essentials in terms of a solid, dependable car. Overall, the Lancer is a good choice for anyone looking for basic transportation in an attractive package.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Lancer ES, Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally, Mitsubishi Lancer LS, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Mitsubishi introduced several changes for the 2004 Lancer. The entire line received a new license plate placing in the rear of the car as well as integrated bumpers and halogen headlamps. The redesigned front fascia has the company corporate grille design on all Lancer models now as well. Some changes have also been made to the lineup for the 2004 Lancer. The Sport back wagon and Ralliart sedan were added new for this model year. The Ralliart is available in sedan and wagon body styles. The Sport back wagon and the Ralliart sedan received a new 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine as well.
The 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer is an attractive car either in its sedan or wagon form. This family of cars was updated to offer an impressive array of styles and trim levels to suit any taste. The bumpers are integrated into the rest of the body with a matching paint job. Additionally, the car’s sleek, modern lines and assertively designed front and rear ends are nice looking and sure to attract some attention. The Lancer for the 2004 model year offers lots of color choices thanks to its many trim levels.
Mitsubishi made every attempt to make the 2004 Lancer as comfortable as possible. Even the lower trim levels have some nice extras to make them worthwhile. In the lower trim levels there are cloth bucket seats in the front with a driver’s height adjustable seat. Power accessories, such as door locks, mirrors, and windows are included as well. Air conditioning is standard as well as the storage compartments located in the center console and front door pockets.
Moving up the trim level food chain, the higher end trim levels offer a bit more in terms of comfort and luxury. These models have sport front seats, cruise control, and leather trim on the shift knob. A six speaker audio system is standard for the Ralliart model as well.
Performance & Handling
The one thing that can certainly be said for the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer is that it is a comfortable ride. The Lancer wasn’t designed to offer the most performance laden handling and ride. It was made to provide reliable and relatively comfortable handling and suspension. The powertrain for this vehicle is more than capable of supporting the basic needs of the average driver. For the driver who is looking for more in terms of power and precision, the Lancer Ralliart is the best option for the money for this model year. The Ralliart offers a larger engine and tighter suspension than the other Lancer models.
The safety features offered on the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer depends on the trim level selected. Unfortunately, not all models are equipped with ABS and side airbags. Most of the Lancer editions are offered with child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks, as well as a rear center three point seatbelt. Headrests have been added to the front and rear of the cabin for comfort as well as additional protection for the head in the event of an accident. Two are located in the front with three placed in the back.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Lancer, 2.0-liter four-cylinder – 24/32 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Lancer, 2.4-liter four-cylinder – 20/27 mpg city/highway
- Several body styles and trim levels to choose from
- Wagon has lots of cargo space
- Nice cabin design
- Sport back and Ralliart offer lots of power under the hood
You Won't Like
- Small trunks in the sedan models
- Base engine lacks power
- No available manual transmission in the Ralliart models
- Side airbags and ABS not offered on all models
Updated trim levels make this model a contender in its class.
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