The Mitsubishi Lancer is a mid-size family vehicle first introduced in 1973 and still in production by the Mitsubishi corporation today. The models from 1973 to 1999 were considered subcompact, while the 2000 models to the present are compact. The Mitsubishi Lancer was one of the more popular vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup, selling over six million worldwide to date. While primarily marketed as a small and affordable family car, the Lancer developed a following among street racers as a vehicle that is relatively easy to modify, and which affordably can be accessorized.
The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer is a highly rated model within the Lancer model family. It features a more angular but aerodynamic new look, wider stance, and more powerful engine.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 152-horsepower two-liter I4, 237-horsepower two-liter I4, 143-horsepower two-liter I4, 143-horsepower two-liter I4, 168-horsepower 2.4-liter I4
Transmissions: six-speed auto-shift manual with overdrive and auto-manual, six-speed CVT with overdrive and auto-manual, two-speed CVT with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: Mitsubishi Lancer DE sedan, Mitsubishi Lancer EX-Sport sedan, Mitsubishi Lancer ES sedan, Mitsubishi Lancer GTS sedan, Mitsubishi Lancer Reliart sedan
Compared to the 2008 model, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer saw a number of significant changes. The high-performance Ralliart model is all new to the lineup, the GTS engine has more horsepower and acceleration, and the Lancer now has optional CVT along with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The outside of the 2009 Lancer is more aggressive than past models, with sharper angles. A front grill leans forward, serving as the focal point of an overall body that gives a constant impression of motion. The rear spoiler was redesigned with street racing styling in mind, and the GTS model is available with features such as ground effects and a new exhaust tip. Sixteen-inch wheels come standard and 18-inch alloy wheels are available. The Lancer comes in a range of colors.
The interior of the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer has a larger five-seat cabin and a more upscale appearance, according to reviews. It has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space and 60/40-split rear folding seats on the ES and GTS models. A CD stereo is standard and navigation and keyless entry are optional on some models.
Performance & Handling
There are four basic engines available with the different 2009 Lancer models, including the 143-horspower two-liter engine, the 152-horsepower two-liter engine, the 168-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, and the 237-horsepower two-liter engine. Available transmissions include a six-speed auto-shift manual with overdrive and auto-manual, a six-speed CVT with overdrive and auto-manual, a two-speed CVT with overdrive, and a five-speed manual with overdrive.
Overall, even the lower-end model increased performance compared to previous years, and the Relliart model is vastly improved, with the 235-horspower engine creating 253 lb-ft of torque and featuring the Lancer’s first twin-clutch automated manual transmission. This model comes with all-wheel drive (AWD).
The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer handles well with responsive steering and a wider stance.
Standard safety features on the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer include side-impact airbags for the front seats, side-curtain airbags, and knee airbags for the driver. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Lancer DE, ES-Sport, ES: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Lancer GTS: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Angular look
- Room cabin
- Easy to modify
- Intuitive Controls
You Won't Like
- Air conditioning not standard
- ABS not standard
- Folding rear-seats not standard
- ABS not standard
Competitively priced with powerful options within its class.
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