2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    148-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

  • Angular good looks
  • Cabin design
  • GT's handling
  • Acceleration with 2.4-liter

The Bad

  • Lots of noise
  • Gas mileage
  • GT ride quality

Notable Features of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

  • Backup camera available
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or CVT automatic
  • High-performance, AWD Ralliart version

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The compact Lancer sedan covers several bases for Mitsubishi with the entry-level ES, all-wheel-drive SE and performance-oriented GT and all-wheel-drive Ralliart. The Lancer family includes the rally-inspired Evolution sedan, which is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section. The Lancer competes with compact cars like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra.

New for 2015
All models now have heated side mirrors with turn indicators, and new standard features consist of 16-inch alloy wheels, a Fuse hands-free system with USB port, a six-speaker audio system and fog lights. A Value Package includes 16-inch alloy wheels, Link System, high contrast meters and rear disc brakes. The Sun and Sound Package (available on the Lancer GT) has a glass sunroof, nine-speaker sound system and high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Forward-leaning grille; Ralliart's version is more aggressive
  • Hood scoop (Ralliart)
  • Standard 16-inch wheels; available 18-inch wheels
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available rear-wing spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Available heated leather seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Air conditioning
  • Odor-absorbing headliner
  • Available auto dimming rearview mirror (Ralliart)
  • Available navigation system 
  • Available All Weather Package with remote engine st...
Vehicle Overview

The compact Lancer sedan covers several bases for Mitsubishi with the entry-level ES, all-wheel-drive SE and performance-oriented GT and all-wheel-drive Ralliart. The Lancer family includes the rally-inspired Evolution sedan, which is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section. The Lancer competes with compact cars like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra.

New for 2015
All models now have heated side mirrors with turn indicators, and new standard features consist of 16-inch alloy wheels, a Fuse hands-free system with USB port, a six-speaker audio system and fog lights. A Value Package includes 16-inch alloy wheels, Link System, high contrast meters and rear disc brakes. The Sun and Sound Package (available on the Lancer GT) has a glass sunroof, nine-speaker sound system and high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Forward-leaning grille; Ralliart's version is more aggressive
  • Hood scoop (Ralliart)
  • Standard 16-inch wheels; available 18-inch wheels
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available rear-wing spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Available heated leather seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Air conditioning
  • Odor-absorbing headliner
  • Available auto dimming rearview mirror (Ralliart)
  • Available navigation system 
  • Available All Weather Package with remote engine start

Under the Hood

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Available 237-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive available
  • Five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Available six-speed, twin-clutch automated manual transmission (Ralliart)

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Knee airbag for the driver
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • Available backup camera

 


Latest 2015 Lancer Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Fulfills your need for Speed!!!

by Harvest from Philadelphia on June 21, 2018

Great ride! Great look! Like the speed it has. Not sure about the auto repair parts. They could possibly get expensive; and, the gas mileage I believe is good as well. Thank you for your time and ... Read full review

(5.0)

It?s a beautiful car

by Brandon Priego from Passaic on March 27, 2018

To me lancers are in themselves very reliable cars, and gorgeous design. Especially the newer models are even more beautiful. They will not fail you Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer ES

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Mitsubishi
New Car Program Benefits
  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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 warranty

    Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    123-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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