The 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact sedan suited for small families and those who are looking for the convenience of a sedan in a smaller size. The Lancer is equipped with a choice of two distinct 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, coupled with a five-speed manual standard or a four-speed automatic transmission offered as an option. These cars perform well and are reasonably reliable. The Lancer is overall a good option for those looking for affordability and good looks in their used car purchase. With the Lancer, buyers can expect good performance, a comfortable ride, and plenty of features for convenience and comfort.
Body Styles: compact sedan
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 Ralliart
Mitsubishi makes some changes to the 2005 Lancer. Introduced in the 2004 model year, the Sportback wagon is discontinued for 2005 along with the LS sedan. The Sun and Sound package was offered for the O-Z Rally edition, and this model also receives newly designed OZ racing wheels. For the ES model, the Convenience Package is upgraded to include cruise control, intermittent wipers, and color keyed mirrors.
The 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer was designed to offer drivers a good looking car with plenty of character. With its impressive, assertive front end and grille, as well as the rear, with sharp lines and detailing, the Lancer has a powerful look. This sedan is sure to get attention wherever it goes from the daily commute to visits to the park, to a night out on the town. Mitsubishi chose to offer this car in several colors including Rio Red Pearl, Innsbruck White, Warm Sand Metallic, and Labrador Black Pearl.
While it isn’t necessarily the biggest sedan available, the Lancer does offer a reasonable amount of room in the cabin. Most passengers will fit comfortably. Storage space expands with the addition of a center console with storage space as well as door pockets and cup holders in the front of the car. Depending on the trim level, the Lancer has cloth seats, featuring bucket seats in the front of the sedan. Power accessories such as windows and locks are standard as well. The front seats in the Ralliart, its highest trim level, are sport bucket seats in the cloth material and offer the same amenities as the lower trim levels. This trim level features a bit more luxury with a leather-wrapped shift knob and six-speaker single CD player and stereo audio system.
Performance & Handling
With the Lancer, Mitsubishi was hoping to create a compact sedan capable of competing with the American and other foreign cars on the market. For the most part, it succeeded with a car that stayed in the mid-range of the competition. In test drives, the Lancer proved itself to be a reliable, comfortable sedan with nice performance and handling. While not a powerhouse on the road, it is more than serviceable for daily commutes and errands and does a good job on the highway as well. For drivers that want a bit more fun and excitement, the industry’s experts suggest the Ralliart trim level edition.
Safety is an important selling point for any sedan and Mitsubishi made it a point to supply the 2005 Lancer with as many safety features as possible. This sedan is equipped with adjustable head rest in the front and rear of the cabin as well as electronic brake force distribution and child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks. Front seatbelt pre tensioners are available on the upper trim levels only. The Ralliart edition offers anti-lock brakes as opposed to the lower trim levels. Unfortunately, airbags don’t appear on the list of safety features for this model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0-liter four-cylinder: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Lancer 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg city/highway
- Well designed and spacious interior
- Comfortable ride
- Consistent power delivery
- Ralliart edition offers impressive acceleration
You Won't Like
- Limited cargo space
- Base engine is unimpressive
- Anti-lock brakes and side airbags aren’t available on all models
Runs in the middle of the pack.
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