Mitsubishi Lancer

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

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  • (4.6) 34 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,872$10,616
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25
  • Engine: 143-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

Our Take on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

After sitting out the 2007 model year, Mitsubishi's compact sedan, the Lancer, returns as a redesigned model for 2008 and now shares its platform with the company's Outlander crossover SUV. Offered in DE, ES and range-topping GTS trim, Lancers hit dealerships in March 2007.The year off ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • ABS is optional
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat not standard
  • Air conditioning not standard

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2008
  • 152-hp four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual or CVT
  • Optional navigation system with 30GB hard drive

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews Expert Reviews

You can get a 650-watt premium sound system with nine speakers plus a subwoofer that, when adjusted properly, will not only dissolve anything in your sinus cavities, but also melt the wax in your ears.But you can't get stability control in your 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer.Go figure.The compact Lancer sedan has been absent from the market for a year. It's now back in showrooms sporting a sh... Read full review for the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Consumer Reviews


Average based on 34 reviews

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Decent car overall

by Kyle from Milwaukee, WI on June 18, 2012

I have the GTS model of the Lancer and I absolutely love it. The cars looks are just great interior and exterior. It gets great gas mileage and I love everything about. The engine could use some more ... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer trim comparison will help you decide.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mitsubishi Lancer DE

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mitsubishi Lancer DE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mitsubishi Lancer DE

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mitsubishi Lancer DE

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.


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