2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

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$15,295

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

28

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

177.0” x 58.3”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Angular good looks
  • Improved cabin design
  • Standard side curtain airbags

The bad:

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

4 trims

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Notable features

  • High-performance Ralliart version
  • Optional CVT
  • FWD or AWD
  • Improved fuel economy

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Lancer competes against other small sedans like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda3, and there’s a high-performance Ralliart trim level.


The Lancer Ralliart bears some resemblance to the high-power Lancer Evolution and features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Mitsubishi’s twin-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. The Lancer Evolution and the Lancer Sportback, a five-door hatchback, are covered in separate reports in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2011
The Lancer’s four-cylinder engines are more efficient for 2011, Mitsubishi says, partly because the DE and ES models gain electric power steering that reduces drag on the engine. EPA ratings on the 2.0-liter engine in the DE and ES are up 2-3 mpg, depending on transmission. A USB port and voice-activated operation of phones, iPods and USB drives are now standard on the GTS and Ralliart and optional on the ES.

Exterior
A forward-leaning grille serves as the focal point for the front of the car. The Ralliart version is more aggressive, with a gaping front grille and a subtle hood scoop. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • 18-inch wheels optional
  • Optional rear wing-style spoiler
  • Optional rocker-panel extensions

Interior
The Lancer sedan seats up to five and is available with an optional 60/40-split folding rear seat. A CD stereo is standard, and an optional Navigation and Technology Package includes a navigation system with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and keyless entry. Air conditioning is optional for the base DE Lancer. Interior features include:

  • Odor-absorbing headliner
  • USB port (standard on GTS and Ralliart, optional on ES)
  • Optional chrome accents
  • Optional heated leather seats
  • Optional rain-sensing wipers
  • Optional sound-deadening windshield glass

Under the Hood
The Lancer is available with a variety of engine and transmission choices. The Ralliart has all-wheel drive, and other Lancer sedans come with front-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine on DE and ES makes 152 horsepower (143 hp in California) with either a standard five-speed manual or optional (ES) continuously variable automatic transmission
  • GTS has a 168-hp (161 in California), 2.4-liter four-cylinder with either a five-speed manual or CVT
  • Ralliart models get a 237-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 253 pounds-feet of torque and is matched to a six-speed, twin-clutch automated manual transmission

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Knee airbag for the driver
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 3.7
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Great Car, buy it and drive it. Turn key car.

2010 Lancer GTS 2.4 CVT. I changed spark plugs and coils, which gave it a lot more power. Does roughly 30 mpg even around town. 41k miles on it now and seems to run great. ABS ASC sensors do get dirty fairly quickly on these cars. Power wash inside of wheels every so often takes care of that problem. 61 yrs old and I love the car and enjoy driving it. I run the xxxx out of it!

5.0

Most reliable I have owned no problems for 8years

Most reliable car The ride is great Gas mileage is very good Overall the car has been great. The car has done everything I have ask it to do. It now has over 70,000 miles on it and still going strong.

5.0

Awesome & Reliable Daily Driver

Great first car, very comfortable and smooth. OK mileage, great AC system, not too quick but definitely not slow. Power windows, Bluetooth, easy to read gauges. Never had an issue with it, Mitsubishi makes great cars.

See all 31 consumer reviews

Safety

Based on the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer base trim.
Risk of rollover
12.1%
Rollover rating
4

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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