2009 Mitsubishi Lancer

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19 reviews
Available Price Range $3,244-$11,664 Trims6 Combined MPG 21-26 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer

Our Take

After sitting out the 2007 model year, Mitsubishi's compact sedan, the Lancer, returned as a redesigned model for 2008 and now shares its platform with the company's Outlander crossover SUV. The Lancer competes against other small sedans like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda3, and ... 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

  • High-performance Ralliart version for 2009
  • GTS gets more powerful engine for 2009
  • Optional CVT
  • FWD or AWD

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

I sometimes pore over feature lists and specifications trying to figure out what makes a particular trim level worth more or less than another — or even why it exists at all. Occasionally there is no good reason. At the other end of the spectrum is the new Ralliart version of Mitsubishi's compact Lancer, which justifies its existence about as well as any car I can think of — ... Read full review for the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 19 reviews

3 years and still love this car!

by AkiraSan from Colorado on August 26, 2011

As the title says, I've owned the car for 3 years now and I still love it. I own the GTS version with the "new"2.4L engine. I just drove 800 miles in it and I was pretty comfortable the entire time. ... Read Full Review

6 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mitsubishi Lancer DE

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mitsubishi Lancer DE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
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
Driver's
Passenger's
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.

Recalls

There are currently 6 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

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