2012 Mitsubishi Lancer

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$15,695

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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Angular good looks
  • Cabin design
  • Standard side curtain airbags

The bad:

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

5 trims

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Our 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New all-wheel-drive SE model
  • High-performance Ralliart version
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

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 2012
A new SE model aimed at buyers in the Snowbelt features all-wheel drive, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and side mirrors, and a chrome lower grille.  Meanwhile, the GTS trim gets a new name, GT, and adds a Ralliart-type front end, new 18-inch wheels, new instrument-panel trim and upgraded soft-touch door trim.  The Ralliart also gets new 18-inch wheels and soft-touch door trim, as well as gloss-black instrument-panel trim and black sport fabric.

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 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. Air conditioning is optional. Interior features include:

  • Odor-absorbing headliner
  • Optional USB port
  • Optional chrome accents
  • Optional heated leather seats
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

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

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 148 horsepower and works with either a standard five-speed manual or optional continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Available 168-hp, 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
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Standard knee airbag for the driver
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Available backup camera

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Fantastic drive 100k miles later!

I love my lancer. It still holds that sleek look of modern cars. It's gas Friendly and the heated seats are a massive plus. I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who needs a great commuter

5.0

Reliable, sporty and excellent ride!

I'm the second owner of the 2012 Lancer. Such an easy car to drive! Mechanically it's a great ride. Very roomy for a sedan. Plenty of leg room and storage in the trunk. Great on gas mileage and the look is very sporty and fun!

5.0

The Car I’ve Been Searching For

The car has been an absolute joy every time I turn the key. It’s hard to not even want to be in the driver seat. I can’t wait to make this a trophy winner like my last Lancer. Follow me on IG @jammacity2010

See all 17 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
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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