(4.0) 1 reviews
MSRP: $5,948$13,184
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 25-28
Engine: 148-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed CVT w/OD
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Our Take on the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Our Take

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 20... 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

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

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.