• (4.7) 6 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $4,666–$12,678
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 21-28
  • Engine: 148-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

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 base ES model
  • Unique hatchback styling
  • 168-hp four-cylinder
  • Turbocharged all-wheel-drive Ralliart version
  • Available dual-clutch transmission (Ralliart)

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Mitsubishi's compact Lancer gained a hatchback version for the 2010 model year. Dubbed the Lancer Sportback, the hatchback is offered with a choice of three four-cylinder engines: two naturally aspirated and one turbocharged. Competitors include the Subaru Impreza and Mazda3. The Lancer sedan and high-performance Lancer Evolution are covered in separate reports in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2011

A new base ES model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which, like the Sportback's other engines, is borrowed from the Lancer sedan and Evolution. The ES uses electric power steering that helps boost fuel economy to 33 mpg highway. A USB port and voice-activated operation of phones, iPods and USB drives are standard on the GTS and Ralliart and optional on the ES.


Offered in ES, GTS and performance Ralliart trim levels, the Lancer Sportback retains the general design cues of the Lancer sedan in front, but it takes on a different look at the rear. The Sportback's liftgate is raked forward at an aggressive angle for a hatchback, and the overall look is a little ungainly from some angles. A rear spoiler near the roof finishes off the design. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Available 18-inch wheels
  • Available bi-xenon headlights
  • Standard rear wing-style spoiler


Like the Lancer sedan, the Sportback has room for up to five people in two rows of seats. The big difference between the two cars is in their cargo areas. Though the Lancer sedan is available with an optional split-folding backseat to increase luggage space, the shape of the car limits what you can fit into the cargo area. With the Sportback, some of those restrictions aren't there because of its open cargo area, which has a maximum volume of 52.7 cubic feet. Interior features include:

  • Available USB port and voice activation
  • Available Rockford Fosgate audio system
  • Available navigation system
  • Available heated leather seats

Under the Hood

With the addition of the ES model, the Lancer Sportback offers a choice of three engines. The ES and GTS have front-wheel drive, and the Ralliart has all-wheel drive.

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine on ES makes 148 horsepower (143 hp in California) with either a standard five-speed manual or optional 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 with steering-wheel paddle shifters

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


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the car I purchased without test-driving

by mudskipper from Destin, fl on May 29, 2017

It is awesome drives great. I wasn't sure about the CVT transmission but I've grown to love it after a few modifications of my own I've made my interior look great as a bigger screen and a few other c... Read Full Review

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Safety Ratings

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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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