(4.2) 11 reviews
MSRP: $4,380$16,448
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 21-23
Engine: 161-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Our Take on the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Our Take

Mitsubishi's compact Lancer gains a new hatchback version for the 2010 model year. Dubbed the Lancer Sportback, the hatchback is offered with a choice of four-cylinder engines — one of them turbocharged — and hits dealerships in late summer 2009. Competitors include the Subaru Im... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Cabin can get noisy on the highway
  • Cargo area with seats up isn't much bigger than sedan's
  • Radio skimps on buttons
  • Design looks a little truncated from some angles

Notable Features

  • New body style for 2010
  • Unique hatchback styling
  • 168-hp four-cylinder
  • Turbocharged all-wheel-drive Ralliart version
  • Available dual-clutch transmission (Ralliart)

2 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.