2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Key specs

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The good:

  • Slick manual shifter
  • Playful handling
  • Cargo room with backseat folded

The bad:

  • 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

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • ES


  • GT


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Unique hatchback styling
  • Available 168-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Front-wheel drive

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Lancer Sportback hatchback is offered with a choice of two normally aspirated four-cylinder engines. 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 2012
The high-performance Ralliart trim has been discontinued, leaving just ES and GT (formerly GTS) trim levels with front-wheel drive. The GT version adds a Ralliart-type front end, new 18-inch wheels, upgraded soft-touch door trim, and new interior fabric and instrument-panel trim.

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 fog lights
  • Available power glass sunroof
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers

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 the cargo area. Although 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 in the trunk. 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 with the rear seats folded. Interior features include:

  • Available USB port
  • Available Rockford Fosgate stereo with a subwoofer
  • Available heated leather seats

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Lancer Sportback offers a choice of two engines. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 148 horsepower with either a standard five-speed manual or optional continuously variable automatic transmission
  • GT has a 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with either a five-speed manual or CVT

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Lancer really swell car

This car has lots of room, lots of cargo room. I've had it 5 years, and all I did was have the oil changed, got new tires and a new battery. Otherwise, it's invincible.


Great car for the money.

If your looking for a for space and looks this would be one to look at. Great warranty. Be weary of insurance rates. Because there are not many of these cars in the states, it cheaper to insure a $80,000 super car. you get a lot for you money, like Sat nav for under $25,000. Do not special order. It takes 4 to 6 months (at least in my case).

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
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
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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