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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer

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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
Available in 5 styles:  2012 Mitsubishi Lancer 4dr FWD Sedan shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

18–25 city / 25–34 hwy


2012 Mitsubishi Lancer 4.8 4
$ 5,875-16,371
November 7, 2011
Vehicle Overview

The Lancer Ralliart bears some resemblance to the high-power Lancer Evolution and features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Mitsubishi's twin-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. The Lancer Evolution and the Lancer Sportback, a five-door hatchback, are covered in separate reports in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2012
A new SE model aimed at buyers in the Snowbelt features all-wheel drive, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and side mirrors, and a chrome lower grille.  Meanwhile, the GTS trim gets a new name, GT, and adds a Ralliart-type front end, new 18-inch wheels, new instrument-panel trim and upgraded soft-touch door trim.  The Ralliart also gets new 18-inch wheels and soft-touch door trim, as well as gloss-black instrument-panel trim and black sport fabric.

A forward-leaning grille serves as the focal point for the front of the car. The Ralliart version is more aggressive, with a gaping grille and a subtle hood scoop. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • 18-inch wheels optional
  • Optional rear wing-style spoiler
  • Optional rocker-panel extensions

The Lancer sedan seats up to five and is available with an optional 60/40-split folding rear seat. A CD stereo is standard, and an optional Navigation and Technology Package includes a navigation system with a 30-gigabyte hard drive. Air conditioning is optional. Interior features include:

  • Odor-absorbing headliner
  • Optional USB port
  • Optional chrome accents
  • Optional heated leather seats
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

Under the Hood
The Lancer is available with a variety of engine and transmission choices. The SE and Ralliart have all-wheel drive, and other Lancer sedans come with front-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 148 horsepower and works with either a standard five-speed manual or optional continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Available 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with either a five-speed manual or CVT
  • Ralliart models get a 237-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 253 pounds-feet of torque and is matched to a six-speed, twin-clutch automated manual transmission

Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Standard knee airbag for the driver
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Available backup camera


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