The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is a ninth-generation, four-door family sedan manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. The Lancer is one of the most popular sedans in the world, and has sold over six million units across the world in all its different looks since it went into production in 1973. The ninth-generation Lancer is based on two concept cars: the Mitsubishi Concept-X and Concept-Sportback. The production model Mitsubishi Lancer was introduced in 2007 at the Detroit Motor Show, and it went into production later the same year as a 2008 model. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is ideal for anyone who didn't want a run-of-the-mill economy sedan. Like other generations before it, the Lancer has rally-racer DNA flowing through it, and it can give an adrenaline rush just as easily as it drives the quintessential family of four around town.
Body Styles: compact sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder; 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed auto-shift manual, six-speed CVT, five-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi Lancer DE, Mitsubishi Lancer ES, Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer incorporates small changes from its previous model year. These changes include electric-assist power steering and Fuse voice activation system. There have also been improvements in the fuel economy and brake regeneration systems.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer features edgy, aggressive styling with a forward-leaning grille out front. The Ralliart version is the most aggressively styled model in the line. It features a gaping front grille along with a hood scoop. Sixteen-inch wheels come standard but there is also the option of 18-inch wheels. Other exterior options include a rear wing-style spoiler and a rocker-panel extension. The base DE trim is fitted with standard features like rocker-sill bodywork extensions, 16-inch steel wheels, and auto-off headlights. The ES has 16-inch alloys, chrome grille surround and color-keyed mirrors and door handles on the outside. The GTS is fitted with 18-inch alloys.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer offers seating for five passengers. Standard interior features include a stereo with CD player. There are also a number of interior options including a 60/40-split folding rear seat and a Navigation and Technology Package. Air-conditioning is optional on the base model but standard on all others. The base DE trim is fitted with standard features four-speaker CD, MP3 stereo system, and power door locks. The next level 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES features all of the above items, along with keyless entry, driver’s seat-height adjustment, 60/40 split rear seat and center armrest, better upholstery, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and auxiliary input jack for the stereo system. The GTS features a six-speaker audio system, leather-wrapped steering, front bucket seats, and automatic climate control.
Performance & Handling
On the outside, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer looks very aggressive and smart. It is available in five trim levels and some optional packages, so it has something for everyone’s taste. The performance, of course, is breathtaking, but only for the GTS and Ralliart versions. The base engines on the DE and ES lack the punch to propel the car. If the CVT is fitted, the acceleration becomes even duller. Performance enthusiasts should probably go for the power-packed GTS and Ralliart versions, but it will burn a hole in their pocket. The base DE trim is powered by a two-liter aluminum MIVEC straight-four engine that delivers 148 hp of power. It is mated to a five-speed transmission gearbox. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available as an option. The GTS is a top-end version of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer. The GTS is a performance-tuned version of the car, so the engine gets a power boost of 20 hp and a torque boost of 21 lb-ft. The suspension is sport-tuned as well. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is also available in a special Ralliart edition that features a turbocharged MIVEC straight-four engine delivering 237 hp of power and 253 lb-ft of torque. It is a detuned version of the performance-centric Lancer Evolution X.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer uses the Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction system for improved active and passive safety. It is based on a global platform that also forms the basis of the Mitsubishi Outlander. The sedan has a significantly longer wheelbase and shorter length than its previous incarnation. It weights around 3.1 tons.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Lancer: 25/33 mpg city/highway
- GTS and Ralliart versions come with strong engines
- Handling is confident
- Nice array of high tech equipment
- Attractive and edgy styling
You Won't Like
- CVT saps power
- Base model engine is noisy and underpowered
- Interior utilizes poor quality materials
- No telescoping steering wheel available
- Ralliart is pricey
Certainly sportier than the average economy sedan.
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