Engaging handling; edgy styling; adult-friendly back seat; plenty of available technology
Unimpressive fuel economy; undesirable base 2.0-liter engine; unpleasant CVT; steering wheel doesn't adjust for reach
The previously optional 6.1-in infotainment display is now standard throughout the range and that's joined by a rearview camera. The GT version has been discontinued, with many of that trim level's features going to the SE. See the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer models for sale near you
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The 5-seater 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan comes in ES, SE and SEL trim levels.
ES ($18,630) starts with the 2.0-liter engine, 16-in alloy wheels, LED running lights, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, power locks/windows, keyless entry, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver's seat, tilt-only steering wheel, cruise control, color driver information display, rearview camera, 6.1-in touchscreen, 4-speaker audio system with Fuse voice control, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.
SE ($21,930) adds 18-in alloy wheels, sport suspension, push-button ignition, heated front seats, 6-speaker audio system and satellite/HD radio.
SEL ($22,930) brings an upgraded interior trim with leather seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights.
Navigation is an option for every version, bringing a 7-in touchscreen. Other options include rear parking sensors, remote start and LED fog lights.
The ES (with CVT) and SEL may also be specced up to a higher level by selecting the Sun & Sound package. This includes a power glass sunroof and a 9-speaker/710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, plus satellite/HD radio for the ES.
Comfort in the back seat is a definite plus, delivering near-midsize accommodations in a compact package. The trunk offers a maximum of 12.3 cu ft; the Rockford Fosgate system's subwoofer cuts that to 11.8 cu ft.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2017 Honda Civic -- Roomy, refined and generally superb.
2017 Hyundai Elantra -- Not as sporty as the Lancer, but enjoys superior fuel economy and fresher styling.
2017 Mazda3 -- Still the standout of this class, the Mazda3 sedan also offers great fuel economy without sacrificing driving enjoyment.
2017 Ford Focus -- With its European-inspired styling and performance, the Focus is great fun. Its high-quality interior materials are a bonus.
2017 Subaru Impreza -- All-new for 2017. More refined than it used to be, but still not the most refined. All-wheel drive comes as standard.
Used Honda Accord -- Sure, there's the late, lamented Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, a cult car among boy racers. But let's assume that anyone looking at a current Lancer is seeking a reasonable sedan with decent space. In which case, go for an Accord. It has even more room because it's a midsize, it's as reliable as they come, and while it's no thrill machine, the handling is still quite tidy.