Mitsubishi's compact Lancer has long been the brand's rally-proven economy sedan, offering a variety of trims, from the frugal to the fast-paced. For 2011, versatility is added with the all-new Sportback hatchback model.
The five passenger Lancer is offered in DE, ES, GTS, Ralliart and Evolution trims. The GTS sedan we tested slots in between the economy-oriented DE and ES models, and the turbocharged Ralliart.
Base power for the Lancer is a 2-liter inline-4 sending 148 horsepower to the front wheels through a 5 speed manual or available continuously variable transmission. The mid-range Ralliart gets a turbocharged 2-liter inline-4, sending 237 horsepower through a 6-speed dual clutch direct shift gearbox. Opting for a range-topping Evolution gets you 291 horsepower through either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed direct shift gearbox to standard all wheel drive.
Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Our GTS came equipped with sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, 11.6-inch front and 11.9-inch rear disc brakes. All Lancers sport updated interiors with a clean, right-to-the-point appearance. The three climate control knobs are simple and easy to manipulate while the available multifunction steering wheel has audio and cruise controls, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The available Navigation and Technology package includes a 7-inch touch screen, 30-gig navigation system, and CD/DVD capability.
Safety equipment includes a front crumple zone, driver and front passenger airbags, side curtain and side impact airbags, and driver knee airbags.
Base MSRP for the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is $15,195. A range topping Evolution MR model starts at $37,195.
All Lancer models but the Evolution are backed by a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With its rally-proven performance features and a versatile Sportback model, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer continues its tradition as an exciting sport compact with something for everyone.