In 2012, I had a Ford Ranger pickup that was adequate but uncomfortable to drive, so I traded it in on a 2005 Lancer O-Z Rally automatic. It had nearly 160,000 miles and I wasn't familiar with Mitsub...
In 2012, I had a Ford Ranger pickup that was adequate but uncomfortable to drive, so I traded it in on a 2005 Lancer O-Z Rally automatic. It had nearly 160,000 miles and I wasn't familiar with Mitsubishi's car lines so it was a roll of the dice at the time. Five years and 55,000 miles later, I have nothing but good things to say about this car.
It's an attractive ride, a white 4DR yet rather sporty-looking with a spoiler in back...one of the easier-on-the-eyes cars I've had. Nothing really stands out but it looks good. The interior is pretty roomy, especially the legroom up front. I'm 5'9" so don't need a lot but there's more than enough. Have been told there's decent room in the rear seats. Front seat is comfy and easy to adjust. The steering wheel can also be adjusted so your positioning while driving is not a problem. Stock stereo isn't super, but speakers seem to handle about 30-40 watts apiece and are more than adequate. While it isn't huge and doesn't open into the back seat area, the trunk is fine and holds a fair amount of luggage, et al.
The engine is a 2.0-liter 4-banger running on 120 hp. It doesn't roar (although it can get a little noisy like many 4-cylinder engines), but has more power than you'd think. Just to see how fast it goes shortly after I bought it, I hit 108 mph before backing off but it felt like I could've taken it higher (note to police: I haven't done it since). It can take hills pretty easily as well. I often use cruise control and it works well. The MPG is so-so; I generally get 31 per gallon on the highway, 26ish in town. The thing that stands out for me is that in the five years I've had it, there has NEVER been a problem with this car. Oil change every 5K miles, a periodic tuneup and an A/C charge (the A/C works well, BTW), and that's pretty much it.
All in all, since I didn't really know what to expect, this is easily one of the best cars I've ever owned for many reasons. I've considered trading it in on a 3/4-ton or 1/2-ton long bed pickup to put a camper on, but I'm holding off because it makes so little sense to get rid of a car that's been a better vehicle in almost every way than I'd hoped for when buying it. Why let go of that?