The Mitsubishi Lancer is completely redesigned in the 2008 model year. It has gained a bit of weight, but it is well worth it for that sleek and dangerous looking exterior sheet metal. The Mitsubishi Lancer also receives a new interior with a bucket load of new standard features. Consumers will be amazed at the speakers available, the trimming on the interior, and the surprising amount of get-up and go in this little sedan. Mitsubishi has made itself a serious contender in the compact sedan market with the Mitsubishi Lancer.
Body Styles: four-door compact sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, automatic CVT with Sportronic paddles
Models: Mitsubishi Lancer DE, Mitsubishi Lancer ES, Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is completely redesigned for a whole new generation. This compact sedan receives a new sheet metal design, a little bit of extra size, more features, and improved driving capabilities.
The Mitsubishi Lancer receives a whole new exterior design this year. The new front end is very aggressive. The grille is a simple slit running across the front of the vehicle. Mitsubishi calls it a shark nose effect. The Mitsubishi Lancer looks very edgy and will likely appeal to a younger driver. The Mitsubishi Lancer is built on a new front-wheel-drive platform and the wheelbase is 2.5-inches longer than the previous Lancer. The DE has 16-inch steel wheels while the ES comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. The top of the line GTS upgrades the wheels to 18-inches.
The interior of the Mitsubishi Lancer isn’t quite as exciting as its exterior would make hoppers believe, but it is very comfortable. The front and rear seats have plenty of room for tall passengers. The interior is very well designed though, and the interior materials are great, which is a surprise, considering many of Mitsubishi’s other models have cheap plastic materials inside, ruining otherwise great design. The Mitsubishi Lancer has a long list of standard features. The DE model comes equipped with tilt-only steering wheel, power windows and mirrors, a tire pressure monitor, a four-speaker MP3/CD player, and a trip computer. The DE has an A/C and Power package that includes air-conditioning and power locking doors.
The Lancer ES comes equipped with all the DE features, the A/C and Power package, upgraded upholstery, manual seat adjustments, steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control, keyless entry, and a 60/40-split backseat. The top of the line GTS model includes automatic climate control, leather steering wheel and shifter, sport bucket front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system. A Sound and Sun package is available for the ES and GTS models that include a sunroof as well as a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate ""Punch"" sound system, one of the best audio speakers on the market. Also included are a six-CD changer, auxiliary inputs, and a satellite radio. The GTS also offers a Navigation and Technology package when equipped with the Sound and Sun package. This includes keyless ignition, navigation system, and a 30GB hard drive.
Performance & Handling
The Mitsubishi Lancer comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 152 horsepower with 146 lb-ft of torque. The Mitsubishi Lancer qualifies for Partial Zero emission in the state of California when equipped with a downgraded 143 horsepower model of the same engine. The vehicle comes standard with a five-speed manual, but a CVT transmission is available that offers Sportronic paddles behind the wheel that allows you to shift manually between six settings. The Mitsubishi Lancer has gained about 200 pounds this model year. Instead of ruining the performance of the vehicle, it has actually improved how the Lancer handles in curves. Steering is a bit more draining, but comes with a great, sporty grip that will get drivers excited even though it can’t go as quick as sportier sedans on the market.
The Mitsubishi Lancer comes with all the airbags imaginable: head, knee, and curtain. Anti-lock brakes are standard on the ES and GTS models, and are optional on the DE. The ES and GTS also receive four-wheel disc brakes. None of the models offer stability control unfortunately.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Lancer: 22/29 mpg city/highway
- Great chassis
- Lots of standard features
- Roomy interior
- CTV paddle shift automatic
You Won't Like
- No stability control offered on any trim line
- No telescoping steering wheel
- Only one engine model
A serious competitor in the compact sedan market.
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