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2006 Mitsubishi Lancer

  • 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sedan

    ES Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,499
  • 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally Sedan

    OZ Rally Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,799
  • 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sedan

    Ralliart Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      162/162
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,899
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2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Sporty-looking car with a personality.

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Overview

Sporty looks and its attention to detail set the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer apart from its competitors. Mitsubishi has a tradition of throwing unique challenges toward its competitors. With new and unique front bumpers, cleverly designed air inlets, aggressive spoilers, and fog lamps, this car comes full of exciting features. The lack of speed remains a common complaint, but realistically most people will not make use of that extra power. However, if you think you cannot survive without some extra horsepower, the Ralliart model should satisfy your needs. It handles better and offers a reasonably high amount of acceleration for an econosport sedan.

The Ralliart model is like a race car without the badges and with a better ride quality. Features like its Infinity sound system, cruise control, air-conditioning, a CD player, sport seats and that 162 hp engine make it a better choice than the other models. This car suits people who seek a triplet of performance, quality, and affordability.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic (optional)
Models: Mitsubishi Lancer ES, Mitsubishi Lancer SE, Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

What's New

On the outside, you can see that the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer has a new front fascia and daytime running lights. A sensor detects occupants in the front seat, so airbags can be deployed in time. ES and O-Z trims can now be equipped with anti-lock brakes. The ES also gets new wheel covers and a rear stabilizer bar. The Ralliart becomes a little safer with standard side-impact airbags.

Exterior

The new Mitsubishi Lancer has a new front grille and bumper along with a new headlight design. The ES model has a chrome grille while the O-Z Rally and Ralliart models come with sporty black mesh grilles. Headlamps have a multi-reflector surface for better low-beam visibility. The O-Z Rally and Ralliart versions have darker lenses while the ES model features bright lenses. The ES model comes with 15-inch wheels, and the SE, O-Z Rally, and Ralliart models all have alloy wheels, with the Ralliart offering standard 17-inch wheels. Another distinct feature that separates the Ralliart from other models is its unique foglights. Its sporty front bumper has an air inlet to allow better airflow and engine temperature control. The Lancers’ doors, door handles, and mirrors give it a more elegant look than its luxurious competitors. The O-Z Rally and Ralliart models look a bit sportier with their side air dams and different spoilers.

Interior

The 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer has a better door design that allows for a rather solid feel of the car doors closing and opening. When you go inside, that solid feel does not go away because all the trims have something for everybody. Even the base ES model includes a CD player, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, and power windows, mirrors, and locks. Moreover, you can adjust the height of the driver’s seat. The SE model has six speakers, keyless entry, chrome door handles both inside and out, a power sunroof, cruise control, and you can enjoy all these while sitting on Alcantara seating. O-Z Rally models have white faced gauges, folding rear seats, and a unique interior trim. Along with the aforementioned foglights, the Ralliart version boasts sport seats.

Performance & Handling

The 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine of the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer produces 120 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. This ranks the car among some of the fastest production cars in its class. More importantly, its special camshaft design provides a fat torque curve ensuring plenty of low and mid-range power. Of course it will not beat other sporty cars on the highway very easily; its low amount of available top-end power makes it better suited for twisty roads. Nimble handling allows the driver to have some real fun around the corners.

The 2.4-liter MIVEC engine that powers the Ralliart delivers better power all over the rpm range thanks to the clever automatically alternating camshaft design. It has been tuned to produce 162 hp at 5750 rpm and 162 lb-ft torque at 4000 rpm.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test reports for the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer show satisfactory results given the standard safety equipment. It receives a five-star rating for frontal impact passenger protection. Despite the lack of side airbags, it earns four stars in side-impact crash tests for rear passengers. Only Ralliart models include standard anti-lock brakes, but all other models can add it as an option.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Cool styling

You'll Like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Cool styling

You Won't Like

  • Lack of safety features on ES, SE, and O-Z Rally
  • Sloppy acceleration on ES, SE, and O-Z Rally models
  • Small storage space

Sum Up

Sporty-looking car with a personality.

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