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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

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$9,524 — $23,665 NEW and USED
Sedan
5 Seats
26-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Angular good looks
  • Cabin design
  • Acceleration with 2.4-liter engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Tight turning circle
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

The Bad

  • Lots of noise
  • Gas mileage
  • Multimedia system out of date
  • All-wheel-drive engagement
  • Some interior controls feel cheap
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Manual transmission or CVT automatic
  • GT trim level dropped

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The compact Mitsubishi Lancer sedan offers a choice between front- or all-wheel drive and a 2.0- or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The Lancer competes with the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra.
New for 2017
A backup camera and touch-screen audio system are now standard and the ES, SE and SEL trim levels get new two-tone alloy wheels. The GT model has been discontinued.
Significant Standard Features

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Seats up to five
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Hands-free audio and phone operation
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Power moonroof
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The compact Mitsubishi Lancer sedan offers a choice between front- or all-wheel drive and a 2.0- or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The Lancer competes with the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra.
New for 2017
A backup camera and touch-screen audio system are now standard and the ES, SE and SEL trim levels get new two-tone alloy wheels. The GT model has been discontinued.
Significant Standard Features

  • 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Seats up to five
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Hands-free audio and phone operation
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Power moonroof

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have ever owned

by SarahOk from Cambridge, ON on October 21, 2018

This car is so comfortable. I have plenty of leg room and space which is a must for a tall woman like myself. It Drives smoothly and I am so greatfull Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by Thecow32 from Las Vegas,nv on October 19, 2018

Great car for the money and great gas savings. One of the best car I ever owned, this is my first new car I have owned by me. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer ES

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

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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mitsubishi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • 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

    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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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