(4.8) 8 reviews
MSRP: $1,254$7,010
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 26-30
Engine: 120-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

Our Take on the 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

Our Take

Introduced for 2002, the compact Mitsubishi Lancer wasn't developed as an economy car. Instead, the four-door front-wheel-drive sedan had a competition background that evolved from the Lancer Evolution World Rally Car.Three versions are offered. Base ES and O-Z Rally models use a 120-horsepo... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Clutch operation
  • Instrument brightness
  • IIHS side-impact crash-test rating
  • ABS not offered on all models

Notable Features

  • 120- or 162-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD layout
  • Rally-car heritage
  • Three trim levels

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.