• (4.8) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,298$5,478
  • 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


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 8 reviews

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Most Reliable Car I've ever Owned

by A. from on May 11, 2016

Let me tell you a quick story. I've had the pleasure of owning this car for many, many years. Not only can she conquer any terrain with ease (the mountains of Pennsylvania, the arctic tundra that is I... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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