2006 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    120-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Clutch operation
  • Instrument brightness
  • ABS standard only on Ralliart

Notable Features of the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer

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

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
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. Mitsubishi also offers a high-performance Lancer Evolution that's listed separately in the cars.com Research section.

Three versions are offered. Base ES and O-Z Rally models use a 120-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the Ralliart sedan is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension and a larger four-cylinder rated at 162 hp.

For the 2006 model year, all Lancers get an updated front fascia and interior enhancements. A black mesh grille is now installed on O-Z Rally and Ralliart models, while the ES has a chrome grille. Daytime running lights are now standard. A Security Package for ES and O-Z Rally models includes antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats.


Exterior
The Lancer's cab-forward profile incorporates a high roofline on a comparatively long, 102.4-inch wheelbase. Aerodynamic wraparound headlights have a multireflector surface, and the front bumper has a large opening. Ralliart sedans have unique fog lamps.

A four-wheel-independent suspension uses front struts and a rear multilink configuration. The Lancer ES and O-Z Rally editions have 15-inch tires while Ralliart sedans ride on 16-inch rubber.


Interior
Up to five occupants can fit inside the Lancer. A low instrument panel and belt line aid visibility, and a high hip point fo...
Vehicle Overview
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. Mitsubishi also offers a high-performance Lancer Evolution that's listed separately in the cars.com Research section.

Three versions are offered. Base ES and O-Z Rally models use a 120-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the Ralliart sedan is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension and a larger four-cylinder rated at 162 hp.

For the 2006 model year, all Lancers get an updated front fascia and interior enhancements. A black mesh grille is now installed on O-Z Rally and Ralliart models, while the ES has a chrome grille. Daytime running lights are now standard. A Security Package for ES and O-Z Rally models includes antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats.


Exterior
The Lancer's cab-forward profile incorporates a high roofline on a comparatively long, 102.4-inch wheelbase. Aerodynamic wraparound headlights have a multireflector surface, and the front bumper has a large opening. Ralliart sedans have unique fog lamps.

A four-wheel-independent suspension uses front struts and a rear multilink configuration. The Lancer ES and O-Z Rally editions have 15-inch tires while Ralliart sedans ride on 16-inch rubber.


Interior
Up to five occupants can fit inside the Lancer. A low instrument panel and belt line aid visibility, and a high hip point for the seats should ensure easier entry and exit. A new four-spoke steering wheel is installed for 2006. The ES has air conditioning, a 140-watt CD stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Extras on the O-Z Rally include a sport-touch steering wheel and white-faced gauges.

Under the Hood
Mitsubishi's 2.0-liter four-cylinder develops 120 hp and 130 pounds-feet of torque. A 162-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder goes into the Ralliart sedan. Each engine teams with a standard five-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are optional on ES and O-Z Rally models and standard on Ralliart sedans.

Driving Impressions
Even when fitted with sporty details, the Lancer fails to stand out in its class. Despite its motorsports heritage, the manual-gearshift O-Z Rally edition lacks the secure confidence of a sport sedan. Still, it's wholly adequate and satisfying as a small family car.

Acceleration is peppy when pushed hard. Some engine buzz is noticeable, but the Lancer is as quiet as most four-cylinder-powered cars. Even though the clutch operates adeptly, it lacks sufficiently smooth engagement.

Handling is adequate. The Lancer corners easily, but some drivers may prefer more tenacity in turns. Choppiness is minimal but not absent.

The front seats are firm and provide ample space. The gauges are easy to see in the daytime but aren't bright enough at night. Rear-seat headroom is adequate, but legroom and foot space are terrific.



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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.5)
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(4.7)
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(4.6)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Still works great after 179K

by Born to be from Buda on June 24, 2018

I bought a second Mitsubishi Lancer to update my old one. I was so happy with this car that I wanted to continue owning one. I still own my 2006 only because it woks so good compared to its market ... Read full review

(5.0)

A sweet and fun little car that I enjoy driving!

by AJDuv from Burlington on March 14, 2018

This is the second Mitsubishi I bought in my life. The first was an Eclipse, and I absolutely loved that car! Forward years later...I just purchased a used '06 Mitsubishi Lancer. My Mitsubishi Lancer ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer currently has 7 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Lancer received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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