2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

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2017 MODEL
$17,795 - $22,095 See Inventory Prices

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Mitsubishi Lancer has always been every teen boy's dream. The last generation of Mitsubishi Lancer has been in the market since a decade and it has officially ceased production and there is no 2018 for this Lancer. But It still has maintained a loyal base because of its great performance, impeccable handling and the compact size.

Mitsubishi gives 2 engine and 2 transmission choices. There is one 2.0L MIVEC 16-valve engine that pumps out 148 horses and 145-pound feet of torque and a 2.4L MIVEC 16-valve engine that delivers 168 horses and 167-pound feet of torque. Both engines have a choice of a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed CVT automatic.


8.1/10
Features

 

5.3/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

5.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 5-speed transmission shifts are slick and offer good confidence. It's one of few cars in its class that offer AWD. Respectable fuel economy and less tech inside, gives it an old school feel that never dies out.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Features

8.1/10

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer comes with 5 trim options. It starts from base trim ES which retails at $17,795 and goes up to $22,095 for top SEL trim. Lancer has the choice of 2 engines and 2 transmissions. One is a 2.0 L 16-Valve MIVEC engine which develops 148 horsepower and 145-pound feet of torque and other is a 2.4L 16-Valve MIVEC engine generating 168 horses and 167-pound feet of torque.

Trims ES LE ES 2.4 SE 2.4 SEL 2.4
MSRP $17,795 $19,795 $20,295 $21,095 $22,095
Features
  • 148-hp, 2.0-liter MIVEC engine
  • 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels
  • 6.1" Touch panel display audio system w/ rear view camera
  • FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth technology, and USB port3
  • Automatic air condition climate control
  • Fog lights
  • LED running lights
  • Keyless entry with panic alarm feature
  • CVT Automatic Also Available
  • 6.5" Display Audio w/ Smartphone Link (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), USB port, and Bluetooth technology
  • Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
  • 16-inch black painted alloy wheels
  • Black painted roof
  • Red stitched seats, armrest, and door trim
  • Red stitched and leather wrapped shift knob, brake lever, and steering wheel
  • Black headliner and pillars
  • Aluminum pedals
  • 168-hp, 2.4-liter MIVEC engine
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • All Wheel Control (AWC) Electronically Controlled 4WD System
  • 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels
  • 6.1" Touch panel display audio system w/ rear view camera
  • FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth technology, and USB port
  • LED running lights
  • Automatic air condition climate control
  • 168-hp, 2.4-liter MIVEC engine
  • All Wheel Control (AWC) Electronically Controlled 4WD System
  • 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels
  • 6.1" Touch panel display audio system w/ rear view camera
  • Sirius Satellite Radio with 3-months pre-paid subscription9
  • FAST-Key passive entry system with panic alarm feature
  • Heated front seats
  • FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth technology, and USB port
  • 168-hp, 2.4-liter MIVEC engine
  • All Wheel Control (AWC) Electronically Controlled 4WD System
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 6.1" Touch panel display audio system w/ rear view camera
  • Sirius Satellite Radio with 3-months pre-paid subscription
  • FAST-Key passive entry system with panic alarm feature
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth technology, and USB port

There are plenty of options available like an all-weather package, interior package, LED illumination package, navigation system package, rear wing spoiler, and the list continues.

We Recommend

The middle trim that is ES 2.4 is the best trim to buy as it has plenty of features such as All wheel control, android auto and Apple CarPlay, 6.1-inch touch panel, 6 speed CVT transmission etc.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Engine

5.3/10

"All 2.4-liter models come with a selectable All Wheel Control system that lets you choose between front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) for better traction on slippery roads. The Lancer is moderately fun in corners and its continuously variable automatic transmission does a decent job mimicking a conventional automatic." - KBB

Engine and Transmission

As we are reviewing the ES trim, it has a 2.0L 16-Valve MIVEC engine that develops 148 horses and 145-pound feet of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed stick shift that is very smooth and gives a good performance. It starts from $17,795 for manual and $18,795 for CVT transmission.

Models Mitsubishi Lancer ES Ford Focus S Honda Civic LX Mazda 3 Sport
MSRP $17,795 $16,775 $19,540 $17,845
Engine 2.0L MIVEC DOHC I-4 2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT 2.0L 4-cylinder 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Power 148 hp 160 hp 158 hp

In comparison, Ford Focus has the best horsepower at 160 horses, Honda Civic develops 158 horses and Mazda 3 sport has 155 horses. In terms of torque figures, Mazda 3 sport packs more grunt at 150-pound feet of torque. Honda Civic and Mazda 3 sport are mated to 6-speed manual whereas Mitsubishi and Ford come with the 5-speed manual. Ford focus is the cheapest of the lot at $16,775 and Honda Civic is the most expensive of the lot at $19,540.

Acceleration

In terms of acceleration, Mitsubishi Lancer does 0-60 MPH in 7.7 seconds and clears the quarter mile in 16.9 seconds. The performance is good and doesn’t lag in the engine department.

Models

Mitsubishi Lancer ES

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Mazda 3 Sport

0-60 MPH

7.7 sec

6.2 sec

8.6 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

16.9 sec

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

16.0 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.3

6.3

5.5

5.6

In comparison, Ford Focus S has the best time 0-60 MPH time of 6.2 seconds. In the quarter mile, Mazda 3 sport has the best time of 16 seconds. Honda civic comes last in 0-60 MPH timing at 8.6 seconds and Mitsubishi Lancer is last in the quarter mile with a time of 16.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Mitsubishi Lancer has a sporty drive. It holds the road really well and goes through corners with ease. The steering feels good and gives you confidence at high speeds. The ride is comfortable as it's on the firmer side. The manual transmission is better than CVT as the latter feels sluggish in traffic whereas manual provides the zip in city traffic.

Braking

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has 10.9-inch ventilated brakes on the front and 10.3-inch ventilated brakes in the rear. It weighs in at 2,888 pounds which means its solidly built. Coming to complete halt from 60 MPH takes a distance of 123 feet.

Model

Mitsubishi Lancer ES

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Mazda 3 Sport

Brake Front(in)

10.9

10.9

11.1

11.0

Brake Rear(in)

10.3

9.0

10.2

10.4

Curb weight(lbs)

2888

2935

2790

2899

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

117

127

136

In comparison, Honda Civic and Mazda 3 sport have big brakes upfront at 11.1-inch and 11-inch respectively. At the rear, Mazda 3 sport and Mitsubishi Lancer have 10.4 and 10.3 inches respectively. Ford Focus S is the heaviest at 2,935 pounds and Honda Civic is the lightest at 2,790 pounds. In terms of stopping power, Ford Focus S takes 117 feet from 60-0 MPH which is the best among competition whereas Mazda 3 sport even after having beefy brakes takes the longest distance to stop at 136 feet.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Fuel Economy

6.7/10

Being a city slicker, Mitsubishi Lancer has decent fuel economy. It can do 24 MPG in city conditions, 33 MPG on the highway and 28 MPG combined. These fuel figures can vary according to the driver and the driving conditions.

Model Mitsubishi Lancer ES Ford Focus S Honda Civic LX Mazda 3 Sport
MPG (city) 24 25 28 28
MPG (highway) 33 34 40 38
MPG (combined) 28 28 32 31

Fuel figures are the best for Honda Civic and Mazda 3 Sport because they have 6-speed transmissions whereas Ford Focus S and Mitsubishi Lancer have 5-speed transmissions. Honda Civic and Mazda 3 sport have same fuel figures for city conditions i.e. 28 MPG whereas on the highway, has a clear lead over everyone at 40 MPG. In combined figures too, Civic has 32 MPG which 1 MPG better than Mazda 3 sport and 4 MPG each from Mitsubishi Lancer and Ford Focus S.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Interior

7.0/10

"Simple, plain gauges and controls populate the interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. While that isn't inherently displeasing, many of the surfaces you come in contact regularly are made from cheap, hard plastics. As a result, it all feels a bit bare-bones, even at higher trim levels." - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

When sitting inside the cabin, it gives an airy feeling due to its height. It is exciting on the outside, but it is dull on the inside. All black interior feels tacky and cheap. Also, the touch and feel of the plastic is not high quality. Front seats provide good amount of support, but the rear is not as comfortable as it should be.Rear Headroom is tight and tall passengers might hit their head on the roof.

Model Mitsubishi Lancer ES Ford Focus S Honda Civic LX Mazda 3 Sport
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 93.5 90.0 97.8 96.3
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 39.6/54.7/42.3 38.3/55.6/41.9 39.3/57/42.3 38.6/57.2/42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 36.9/54.3/36.1 38.0/53.7/33.2 37.1/55/37.4 37.6/54.4/35.8

In comparison, Honda Civic has the best passenger volume of 97.8 cu ft meaning ample room for all 5 passengers. Checking out the front, Mitsubishi has the best headroom at 39.6 inches, Mazda 3 sport has the best Shoulder room of 57.2 inches and Mitsubishi and Honda tie in the legroom space at 42.3 inches. At the rear, Ford Focus S has the best headroom at 38 inches, Honda Civic has the best shoulder room and legroom of 55 inches and 37.4 inches respectively.

Infotainment

Mitsubishi Lancer ES comes fitted with 6.1-inch Touch panel display audio system which has a hands-free link system with Bluetooth technology. It is not that user-friendly and feels technologically inferior to rivals. Sirius XM satellite radio gives you access to digital channels which are commercial free along with 3-months prepaid subscription is standard.

Cargo Volume

Mitsubishi Lancer has a relatively small boot which measures at 12.33 cu ft. It has a 60:40 split-fold rear seats that can increase the boot space to 14.1 cu ft but feels short of space in comparison to hatchbacks.

Model Mitsubishi Lancer ES Ford Focus S Honda Civic LX Mazda 3 Sport
Trunk volume (ft.cube) 12.33 13.2 15.1 12.4

When pitched against competitors, Honda Civic has the biggest boot at 15.1 cu ft. Ford focus has second best boot space at 13.2 cu ft. Mazda 3 sport having the biggest wheelbase and interior space lacks the boot space at 12.4 cu ft.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Exterior

5.9/10

"The Mitsubishi's exterior style is among its best attributes. Despite its age, this small sedan still looks sharp with its nose-down, tail-up sporty stance. We especially like these when outfitted with a rear spoiler." - KBB

Dimensions and Weight

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer measures 182.1 inches in length, 69.4 inches in width and 58.3 inches in height. It has a ground clearance of 5.5 inches which is low but effective in crossing some undulations. Wheelbase is 103.7 inches meaning decent amount of room for passengers to sit.

Model Mitsubishi Lancer ES Ford Focus S Honda Civic LX Mazda 3 Sport
curb weight(lbs) 2888 2935 2790 2899
Length(in) 182.1 178.5 182.3 180.3
Width(in) 69.4 71.8 70.8 70.7
Height(in) 58.3 57.7 55.7 57.3
Ground clearance(in) 5.5 4.7 5.9 6.1
Wheelbase(in) 103.7 104.3 106.3 106.3
Track width(in) F/R 60.2/60.2 61.2/60.4 60.9/61.5 61.2/61.4

In comparison, Honda Civic is the longest among everyone at 182.3 inches. Also, it has the largest wheelbase of 106.3 inches that ties with Mazda 3 sport meaning excellent interior space for passengers. In terms of width, Ford Focus S is an inch wider than competition at 71.8 inches which gives good amount of shoulder room. Mitsubishi Lancer is the tallest at 58.3 inches which provides decent headroom to the passengers whereas other cars are low slung in looks. 6.1 inches of ground clearance means Mazda 3 sport clears the road undulations with ease.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Safety

In terms of safety, Mitsubishi leaves no stone unturned and has lot of standard safety features such as:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st and 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

IIHS Crash Test Results

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Acceptable
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

IIHS has rated Mitsubishi Lancer as Good in many categories, small overlap front passenger side rating is not available.

NHTSA Crash test results

Overall Rating 4 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating overall 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 3 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 3 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

NHTSA has given Mitsubishi Lancer an overall 4-star rating which shows how good the safety cage is of this vehicle.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Competition

Mitsubishi Lancer vs Ford Focus S

Talking about Ford Focus S there is no denying the fact that it is one of the best vehicles available in its class. It has got sharp handling and excellent build quality which makes it a rewarding driver car. Also, it has got some new updates for the year 2017/18 and is cheaper than Mitsubishi Lancer by $1,000.

Mitsubishi Lancer vs Honda Civic

Honda Civic is the best seller in the segment thanks to its excellent safety, comfort and reliability statistics. It has a great engine and transmission. Honda has always set a benchmark in its class and Civic is no different. It will always exceed competitors and has been favorite for many years. Only thing that might hinder the purchaser is the high price even for the base model.

Mitsubishi Lancer vs Mazda 3 Sport

Mazda 3 sport is a very well built and equipped car. Even the base model gets a lot of safety and technology. The reliability, inspiring handling combined with super comfortable seats easily make it one of the very best choices in the segment. Price is an additional benefit as it's close to the price of Mitsubishi Lancer.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Final Verdict

Mitsubishi Lancer has been the same for a decade. Its rivals are technologically advanced. The interior looks old and tacky but if you look performance-wise it is very rewarding and will not disappoint the driver. It might not be as popular as Civic or Mazda 3 but one should give it one serious look, who knows it might surprise you. Also, Mitsubishi has ceased the production of Lancer, so you have a unique opportunity to have a piece of history.

Pros

Rockford fosgate Music system

Heated Front Seats

Cons

Black Interior

What's New?

Optional Rockford Fosgate System

Heated Side Mirrors


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17795

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

100 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.3 in. ventilated front disc/10.9 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.7 in.

length

182.1 in.

width

69.4 in.

height

58.3 in.

curb weight

2888 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1081 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/33 mpg

highway range

511.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Octane Blue Pearl color  2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Mercury Gray Pearl color  2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Labrador Black Metallic color  2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Diamond White Pearl color  2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Alloy Silver Metallic color  2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Rally Red Metallic color  2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Mercury Gray Pearl color  2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Octane Blue Pearl color
Octane Blue Pearl

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Ratings

Exterior

5.9

Engine

5.3

Interior

7.0

Comfort

6.9

Driving

6.8

Features

8.1

Fuel Economy

6.7

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer ES

ES

power
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$17,795 - $20,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $17,795 MSRP (24/28/33) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $18,795 MSRP (27/30/34) 168 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA
ES 4dr Sedan AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,295 MSRP (23/26/30) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer LE

LE

power
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$19,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,795 MSRP (27/30/34) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer SE

SE

power
168 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$21,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,095 MSRP (23/26/30) 168 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer SEL

SEL

power
168 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$22,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,095 MSRP (23/26/30) 168 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

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