Born out of a rally-competition heritage, the Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact sedan with an attitude. The 2009 Lancer brings together aggressive race-inspired styling, with the practicality and fuel economy found in a compact car.
The base engine for the Lancer is a 152 horsepower 2-liter inline-4. Also available is a 168 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4. Power for these engines is sent to the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. A Ralliart trim is available with a 237 horsepower turbocharged 2-liter inline-4, which sends power through a 6-speed manual to all four wheels.
Fuel economy for the Lancer ranges from 17 miles per gallon city, up to 30 miles per gallon highway.
Some of the race inspiration for this 8th generation Lancer can be found in features such as the steering wheel mounted magnesium paddle shifters, and performance tuned 4-wheel independent suspension.
Base MSRP for the 2009 Mitsubishi lancer is $14,340. A fully loaded Ralliart model will cost as much as $32,000. The Lancer is backed by an impressive 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With its rally-proven performance features and modest base price, the '09 Mitsubishi Lancer continues its tradition as an affordable, yet exciting sport compact sedan.